Parkes strikes late on to send Padiham through in cup

Martin Parkes, right, headed a late winner for Padiham at AFC Liverpool
Martin Parkes, right, headed a late winner for Padiham at AFC Liverpool

Padiham overcame what, on paper, looked a tough North West Counties Men United Football League Cup second round tie on Saturday, to earn a meeting with Runcorn Town.

A new-look strike partnership of Nathan Egan and Curtis Haley worked well and helped Padiham take the lead on 12 minutes when Egan played in Haley to put the Storks in front.

The home side responded positively to going behind and only a late block tackle by Tom Fowler kept out Matthew Williams two minutes later.

Padiham keeper Jamie Bradley punched away a Liam Loughlin shot on 20 minutes and was in action again to turn a Williams shot round the post, before watching Daniel Murphy head over the corner.

Haley then had a shot saved by Liverpool keeper Ryan Jones, before Egan hit a shot into the side netting.

Liverpool’s Ryan Cox could only watch in amazement as Bradley turned his shot round the post on 31 minutes, and from the corner Allen Weston’s effort was blocked before Matthew Williams shot wide.

The home side were frustrated again when a shot from Williams flew across the six-yard box.

On 35 minutes however, Liverpool drew level when Steven Jones scored direct from a quickly taken free kick, and went ahead a minute before half time when Jones finished off a well-worked move.

Padiham’s fight back began as soon as the second half started but it took until the 57th minute to make an impression on the game when a cleverly taken free kick by Chris Turner and a deft header over Liverpool keeper Jones by Lee Botham brought about the equaliser.

Haley and Martin Parkes both had shots blocked, Seydou Bamba a dangerous cross tipped over and Egan had a shot deflected for a corner.

Jones was on overtime, saving an effort by Haley with his legs and just about keeping out an header by Haley.

Ryan Cox was denied by a stunning save on 80 minutes by Bradley, but six minutes from time, a near post corner from Turner was headed past Jones by Parkes to give Padiham victory.

Padiham are at Squires Gate on Saturday.