Padiham Football Club’s four match unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday when the Storks lost at unbeaten Salford City in the Evostik Premier League Division One North.
Salford took the lead when a defensive mix up on the edge of the Padiham area saw the home side’s new French signing Nelson Mota win possesion and slot his shot past keeper Sean Davis.
A free kick on the left from Keiran Pickup found the head of Storks captain Martin Parks on 21 minutes and his effort went just over, whilst at the other end Davis blocked a shot from Wes Bancroft.
Padiham had a big shout for a penalty turned down on 36 minutes when a Salford defender was struck on the hand from an close range cross, the assistant flagging straight away for the spot kick but referee Nicholas Barnard waved play on.
Padiham fell further behind right on half-time when Max Jones was disposessed and Bancroft played in Lee Hodgkinson, who took his oppotunity to make it 2-0.
Padiham very nearly pulled one back in first half stoppage time after a Tom Bradley corner was headed the wrong side of the upright by Kieran Fletcher.
Both sides created openings at the start of the second half before Padiham reduced the deficit on 65 minutes with Ted Cockett heading in a Bradley corner.
Davis kept Padiham in the game with saves from Mota and Eder Ruiz whilst up at the other end only top class saves from Kieran O’Boyle denied Padiham from grabbing a late equaliser. O’Boyle’s finger tip save turned an effort from Ben Allen round the post before a point blank stop at the feet of Cockett.
Padiham host Curzon Ashton tomorrow night, kick-off 7-45 p.m.