PADIHAM climbed to sixth place in the Vodkat League Premier Division with victory in this Roses battle at Silsden’s new Keighley Road Ground on Wednesday night.
The Storks’ unbeaten start to 2011 continued in an incident-packed game, that included five goals, three sending-offs and a bag full of bookings.
A heavily-sanded pitch meant it was always goinng to be difficult for both sets of players, but the spectators witnessed a match full of endeavour, as well as contentious refereeing decisions.
The home side opened the scoring on 13 minutes when Padiham failed to clear a free kick, and Daniel Finn squeezed in a shot just inside the post.
Silsden’s lead lasted all of two minutes as, in Padiham’s next attack, Paul Fildes crossed from the left for Lloyd Balazs to force the ball in from close range.
Padiham went close to taking the lead just after the half hour when Ed O’Neill had a header cleared off the line, and Damien Morrison’s follow-up shot was well saved by Chris Thompson.
Padiham keeper Sean Davis brought down Sam Heap for a penalty two minutes from half-time, and was lucky to only receive a yellow card, but that was as far as his luck went as Heap converted the spot kick to regain the lead for the home side.
Straight after the restart Silsden were reduced to 10 men when Matt Kershaw saw red for a deliberate trip, and within seconds the Storks levelled again when Martin Parkes headed in Tom Bradley’s free kick.
Padiham huffed and puffed their way through the second half, pushing men forwards but, at times, leaving themselves open to the counter attack, and they were frustrated by the time-wasting antics of the home side.
Morrison, Balazs, O’Neill and Parkes all had shots saved, and Chris Ridehalgh and Fildes shot wide from good openings, while at the other end, Davis saved well from Lee Andrew and Ben Stanford.
But the game ended dramatically as Fildes smashed a shot against the bar, and a minute later centre back Kieran Fletcher ran from inside his own half and fired a shot in off the post to seal the points.
The six minutes of added time resulted in mayhem, as he sent Davis off for a second yellow card for time-wasting, then Ridehalgh was dismissed for dissent, despite being substituted earlier.
The referee also asked the home management team to leave the dug out, leaving both sides unhappy with his performance.
Tomorrow Padiham host Stone Dominoes, kick-off 3 p.m.
Final Score: Silsden 2, Padiham 3