Padihams’ winless streak continues against five-star Bamber Bridge

Consolation goal: Louis Mayers
Consolation goal: Louis Mayers

Bamber Bridge avenged their heavy defeat at the Arbories earlier in the season by thumping Padiham 6-1 at the Iron Gate Ground to move in to the Northern Premier League First Division North play-off places.

In September, a Kieron Pickup treble secured a 6-1 triumph on home soil but it was an Alistair Waddecar double that inspired the hosts on this occasion and ensure that the Storks’ winless streak in 2014 continued.

The fixture got underway in torrential hail and, with the home side adapting to the conditions quicker, Padiham had to withstand periods of sustained pressure before falling behind to a Curtis Thompson goal just after the half hour mark.

Steve Wilkes’s side then suffered another blow within minutes of the opening goal when their captain Martin Parkes was stretchered off and before the visitors had time to re-organise Tom Williams turned home a Waddecar cross from close range to double the lead before half-time.

Padiham went further behind just four minutes in to the second half through Waddecar, but reduced the deficit in the 66th minute when Louis Mayers - son of former Brig player Kenny - found the net.

However, Padiham’s hopes of a recovery were dashed with 10 minutes remaining when Zach Clark made it 4-1 before Waddecar converted a late penalty to complete the scoring in the 85th minute.

Elsewhere, there was better news for Padiham Reserves as they beat West Didsbury and Chorlton 4-1 in the North West Counties Reserve Division.

In poor weather conditions, two goals from Michael Berry and a goal apiece for Brad Cookson and Wayne Morrison gave the Storks a healthy advantage at the interval. The visitors pulled a goal back through Mark Woodcock after the interval, but failed to threaten the home side’s lead.

“It wasn’t good,” said Wilkes. “The pitch was bad but it was bad for both teams so we can’t use that as an excuse.

“Louis Mayers should’ve put us 1-0 up after rounding the keeper but his shot was cleared off the line.

“Then after conceding the second after Martin Parkes went off injured we just folded.

“We hit the post at 3-1, and their keeper made a great save, but we were really poor and didn’t deserve anything.”