Two late goals condemn Padiham to defeat on coast

Curtis Haley put Padiham into a 2-1 lead at Squires Gate, but the Storks lost 3-2
Curtis Haley put Padiham into a 2-1 lead at Squires Gate, but the Storks lost 3-2

Two late goals saw Padiham leave Squires Gate’s School Road Ground frustrated after squandering a 2-1 lead on Saturday.

Early pressure from Padiham saw the visitors go close when Nathan Egan had a shot cleared off the goalline, before Chris Turner had a shot hit the outside of the post.

Things were happening at the other end as well, with both Josh Kay and Joseph Noblett able to get off shots that went wide, before the deadlock was broken when Andy Hill released Egan, who made no mistake with a shot out of the reach of Squires Gate keeper Ben Fletcher to put Padiham a goal up on 15 minutes.

Billy McKenna tested Storks keeper Sean Davis on 20 minutes, and got free again two minutes later to shoot over as the home side reacted positively to Padiham taking the lead.

And when once again the Padiham defence backed off, Mark Buchan took full advantage of the space to get off a shot that beat Davis to level the scores at 1-1.

Padiham nearly conceded again five minutes later, and only a smart save from Davis, that tipped a Noblett shot onto the post, stopped Squires Gate from taking the lead.

Padiham created further chances themselves in the run up to half-time, with Egan using his pace to cause havoc in the home defence with a shot across the face of goal, and the Fylde coast side’s keeper having to be brave to save at the feet of Egan on another occasion.

After the break Padiham regained the lead after only five minutes, with Hill crossing for Curtis Haley to convert at the back post.

Missed chances prevented the visitors from adding to their lead following some sustained pressure, with former Squires Gate player Alex Murphy the biggest culprit, and Padiham paid a high price for their inability to close down the game as firstly Nathan Trout took advantage of a slip by Davis and some poor defending to equalise on 75 minutes.

The home side struck again five minutes later when a cross from the left was not cut out and Squires Gate substitute Ashley Rowley was left all alone to turn the ball into the Padiham net.