Padiham Football Club exited this season’s Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy competition at the first round stage on Tuesday night, after losing 5-0 away to North West Counties League side Holker.
Without Sean Davis, Martin Parkes, Tom Bradley, Dominic Craig, Mark Sharples, Louis Mayers, Tom Murphy, Curtis Haley and long term injured Ben Allen, Sam Morris, Lewis Jordan and Elliot Dunn, the team the Storks fielded was simply not good enough to deal with a lively home side that fully deserved their convincing win.
Thankfully only a handful of spectators were present at the rain-soaked Rakesmoor Lane ground to witness the Storks downfall, but those that did venture out got an early insight of the problems Holker were about to give Padiham, as with their very first effort on goal, Nathan Reid smashed a shot against the bar with only six minutes gone on the watch.
Padiham responded with a shot from Kurt Willoughby that was turned round the post by Oliver Bell, and from the resultant ball back into the box, Ashley Young headed a good opportunity over.
Things literally went downhill after that for Padiham, as, with the advantage of the slope, Holker took the lead on 15 minutes following a break down the right, and a cross in which Reid this time converted.
Within five minutes the home side doubled their lead when another move down the right resulted in Jordan Brough shooting past Storks keeper Marcus Burgess to make it 2-0, a scoreline that remained until the interval.
Holker’s first attack of the second half resulted in a third goal for the Cumbrian side, as Reid eased his way past Craig Haynes before releasing a blockbuster that flew into the net.
Padiham eventually made some headway into the cup tie, and for 20 minutes put the home side under some pressure as first Willoughby had a shot well saved by home keeper Bell, and then Robbie Bromley had his free kick punched away.
But when Young headed a corner wide from close range, and Bromley curled a free kick inches the wrong side of the Holker upright, it became obvious that what ever Padiham did they wouldn’t score, while at the other end, Brad Hubbold more or less made sure of a second round tie for the home side when he crashed in shot from the edge of the area to make it 4-0.
Brough made the scoreline look even worse for the Storks when he too was able to score with a shot from outside the box on 75 minutes to make the final score 5-0 to the home side.
Padiham, sitting bottom of the Evo-Stik First Division North table, with one win, having exited the FA Cup and LFA Challenge Cup, go in search of only their second win of the season tomorrow at seventh-place Darlington 1883, before entertaining Ossett Town on Wednesday night.