It turned out to be a disappointing Bank Holiday weekend for Padiham in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, going down to a second defeat in the space of 48 hours when they lost 2-1 at home to Mossley on Monday.
In a bad-tempered and wind affected fixture at the Arbories, the Storks were far from their best, losing to a team that also struggled, but had a far better work rate than the home side and deserved to win.
Padiham should have gone ahead on 12 minutes when Spencer Jordan jinked his way through the visitors’ defence, only to be thwarted at the last moment by an excellent save by Mossley keeper Ashley Frith.
At the other end it was a different story, and some eight minutes later, Mossley took the lead when Tom Pratt barged his way past Storks defender Tom Bradley before angling a shot into the goal after sending Sean Davis the wrong way.
Louis Mayers had a shot on the turn blocked on 35 minutes, but once again the Storks defence got in a tangle when Padiham skipper Martin Parkes gave away a penalty on 38 minutes. Fortunately for the home side, Davis pulled off a great spot kick save to prevent Mitchell Bryant from doubling the visitors’ lead.
Lloyd Balazs kept Mossley’s half-time lead down to a single goal thanks to a last-ditch block that deflected a goal bound shot by Arron Hevingham shot over the bar.
Padiham showed a little more spirit after the break but still needed Davis to be at his best to save well from Andrew Keogh on 49 minutes.
Mayers went close for Padiham on 55 minutes when his well-struck free kick had Mossley keeper Ashley Frith at full stretch to turn the effort round the post, and two minutes later Dominic Craig sent in a 20-yarder that shaved the outside of the same post.
Mossley stunned Padiham by scoring a second goal with a header from a corner on the hour mark, and although Padiham pulled a goal back late in the game through Spencer Jordan, and went close with a Paul Fildes effort, it was never going to be Padiham’s day.
On Saturday Padiham are at home to Shildon in the FA Cup preliminary round, kick-off 3 p.m.