Padiham Football Club’s first ever visit to Ossett Town’s Ingfield Stadium ended in a 3-1 defeat after the Storks surrendered their lead.
Steve Wilkes’s side commanded the majority of the first half though they survived a scare midway through when Sean Davis made an excellent save from point blank range to deny James Eyles.
Just six minutes later, however, and Padiham had the advantage courtesy of new signing James Blackburn. The breakthrough came when Kieron Pickup latched on to a through ball, rounded home keeper Sam Dobbs, and had two efforts blocked on the line before Blackburn bundled the ball home from close range at his second attempt.
Unfortunately for the away side the lead only lasted four minutes as just after the half-hour mark Callum Ward made it 1-1 when, with his back to goal, he was afforded the time and space to turn before firing past Davis.
Storks skipper Martin Parkes went close to restoring his side’s lead when heading over the bar from close range in the run up to the interval.
But there was still time for pandemonium before the sound of the referee’s whistle. When an incident was missed by the three officials, both sets of players and dugouts became embroiled in a mass confrontation as they left the pitch which resulted in Padiham manager Wilkes being sent off.
Things got even worse for the visitors when the equilibrium was gone in 60 seconds of the restart. Fernando Moke gave the hosts a 2-1 lead when scoring directly from a free-kick on the edge of the box.
Padiham went close to leveling the fixture in the 68th minute following a Chris Turner effort but his fierce effort was turned over the crossbar by Dobbs to keep Town’s lead in tact.
Ossett successfully restricted Padiham for the remainder of the clash, but made sure of the victory in time added on when substitute Chris Wood netted.
Padiham have no midweek fixture, but take on Burscough at the Arbories on Saturday, with kick-off at 3 p.m.
Elsewhere, the club’s reserves, ladies and the under 18 youth team all suffered postponements, though Padiham FC under 14s played their first game in over a month beating Badgers 2-1 in the East Lancashire Alliance Youth League with goals coming from Layne O’Reilly and Lennon Steen.