Padiham up to second

CHALLENGE: Joe Garvin battles for the ball.
CHALLENGE: Joe Garvin battles for the ball.

PADIHAM’s 4-0 home win over Staffordshire side Stone Dominoes at the Arbories on Saturday has pushed the Storks into second place in the North West Counties Football League – the highest position the club has ever attained at this level of football.

It rounds off quite a week for the club as well following their away win at Wigan Robin Park last Saturday and their 3-2 home win over Bamber Bridge in the quarter final of the Lancashire FA Co-operative Challenge on Wednesday.

Leading goalscorer Ben Allen led the charge to victory in the first half hitting his first hat-trick of the season with goals in the 19th, 28th and 38th minutes of the game.

Joe Garvin hit the visitors’ upright from a free-kick and Andrew Tinker had what looked a perfectly good goal disallowed as the Storks completely dominated the opening 45 minutes play.

After the interval Padiham continued to dominate the game but missed out on a goal bonanza and a chance to improve their goal difference as a result of some good saves from visiting keeper Adam Leake, some lackluster finishing and the absence of a bit of luck.

Leake had to be at his best within three minutes of the second half when he saved a Tinker effort with his legs, the same pair were in action minutes later when Leake again came out on top, this time keeping out a header from Tinker.

Sandwiched in between was a shot from Garvin which hit the visitors crossbar.

The Staffordshire side eventually got a shot on target when substitute Joseph Newbold went close with a shot against the Padiham post on 70 minutes.

The Storks responded with efforts from David Sherlock and Steve Cunningham and added their fourth goal when Kenny Taylor drifted down the right wing before sending in a low hard cross, which Sherlock converted to make it 4-0 on 86 minutes.

Martin Broderick did everything but score when he forced Leake to make not one but two close range saves before the final whistle.

Padiham’s first team have no midweek fixtures and are at home again this coming Saturday when Ashton Athletic are the visitors to the Arbories, kick-off 3pm.

West Didsbury Chorlton Res 4, Padiham Reserves 8

THE final scoreline at the end of Padiham Reserves fixture away to West Didsbury and Chorlton Reserves on Saturday is something normally seen in a schoolyard dinner time break kick around, not the Reserve Division of the North West Counties Football League.

The home side took advantage of their club’s first team postponed fixture away to Holker to strengthen their starting line-up.

Leading 3-1 at the interval, the second half saw eight goals scored on a playing surface that eventually deteriorated into a mud bath.

Nathan Egan hit four for the Storks, Anthony Lynch two and Brad Cookson two.

Padiham Reserves are away to Chester Town Reserves this coming Saturday.