Padiham twice come back to earn a point

Padiham FC V Ashton Athletic FC at The Arbories, Padiham.'Padiham FC (Blue) V Ashton Athletic (Yellow).'Padiham's captain Christoper Turner.'22nd August 2015
Padiham FC V Ashton Athletic FC at The Arbories, Padiham.'Padiham FC (Blue) V Ashton Athletic (Yellow).'Padiham's captain Christoper Turner.'22nd August 2015

Padiham came from 2-0 and 3-2 down to draw 3-3 against AFC Blackpool at the YESSS Electrical Arena on Wednesday night.

In an ill-tempered and sometimes scrappy affair, Padiham found themselves behind as early as the third minute.

A foul by Martin Parkes 25 yards from goal lead to a free kick that was converted with aplomb by Storks old boy Kurt Willoughby.

Three minutes later, Blackpool doubled their lead.

A marauding run from Aaron Flemming ended with a cross to Willoughby, who squared the ball to Jackson Hulme, who kept a cool head to finish from close range.

It wasn’t until just shy of the half hour that Padiham had their first threat on goal.

A corner from the right was scrambled clear, only to be sent back into the Blackpool box.

The resulting headed attempt from Parkes was wide of the target.

Seconds later, some great work from Sean Cookson lead to nice interplay from Alex Ralph and Keiron Pickup, only for Curtis Haleys’ header from six yards to be acrobatically tipped over by Blackpool keeper Adam Caunce.

The major flashpoint of the evening came in the 53rd minute, when AFC Blackpools’ influential Flemming saw red after appearing to launch a headbutt.

The resulting melee saw two further cautions, one for each side.

Soon after, with tempers rising, Padiham halved the deficit. A good cross from Andy Hill was finished nicely by Sean Cookson.

And an equaliser duly arrived in the 73rd minute when the persistence of Haley down the left lead to a low cross being turned into the net by Pickup.

However, against the run of play, the visitors regained the lead as a through ball was collected by substitute Ben Seear who calmly finished low to the right of keeper Sean Davis.

Padiham, though, had the last word of the evening when their own supersub Chris Turner unleashed an absolute thunderbolt. A free kick from a central position, all of 30 yards from goal, was lashed home to ensure a share of the points.

The Padiham first team now turn their attention to the FA Vase on Saturday, where they face the long trip north to face Northern League high flyers Morpeth Town.

If anyone is interested in travelling to the game, a coach will be leaving from the Nazareth Church in the town at 9-30 a.m.

Padiham’s Reserve side, meanwhile, have a home fixture at The Arbories, where they face Squires Gate, kick off 3 p.m.