Storks beaten at Barnoldswick

Christopher Turner for Padiham in their game against Barnoldswick Town
Christopher Turner for Padiham in their game against Barnoldswick Town

Barnoldswick Town completed a North West Counties Football League double over Padiham on Tuesday night, winning the Silentnight Stadium clash 2-1.

After an early chance for Barnoldswick when a shot from John Beckwith was well saved by Padiham keeper Sean Davis at the far post, the game didn’t produce any real clear cut chances until the final five minutes of the first half.

Curtis Haley sparked the frenzy when he broke away in a one on one situation with keeper Jordan Gidley but failed to beat the home stopper.

At the other end, Mark Threlfall won the battle for a ball in from the left but his header lacked power and Davis collected the effort easily.

Sean Cookson then had a clear run on the home side’s goal, but failed to get off a shot before a last-ditch tackle sent the ball away for a corner.

Dominic Slaven’s goal bound shot was then saved by the feet of Gidley and another Padiham effort from another corner was headed off the line.

Padiham were then cut wide open on the break, and found themselves a goal behind when a low hard cross in from the left beat Davis at the near post, before being turned in at the back post by Threlfall.

Padiham came out for the second half full of life, and went close to equalising when Sean Cookson volleyed a ball in from Chris Turner inches wide of the Barnoldswick upright.

Haley then frustratingly failed to convert two golden opportunities for the Storks in a sustained spell of pressure by the visitors, before Barnoldswick once again showed the Storks how to finish when Ben Gorman hit the back of the Padiham net to double the home side’s lead on 68 minutes.

Tom Fowler headed Padiham back into the game two minutes later, following an Alex Murphy corner, but couldn’t bring about an equaliser as they huffed and puffed their way to the final whistle.

Padiham are involved in another local derby fixture on Saturday when they travel to meet league leaders Colne, kick-off 3 p.m.

The Storks then entertain Silsden on Wednesday, kick-off 7-45 p.m. at the YESSS Electrical Arena.