PADIHAM were well worth their 2-1 win over North West Counties Football League Premier league leaders Winsford United producing one of their best away performances for some time.
The Storks dominated the first half right from the opening whistle going close in the opening minute when Lee Morris broke down the right and from his cross Andrew Sensale dragged his shot wide of the post.
Winsford United goalkeeper Andrew Jones’ poor goal kick went straight to Padiham’s Jordan Hulme who snatched his shot into the side netting to give the home side a real let off on two minutes.
However three minutes later the Storks early pressure paid off when a cross from the left was headed back across the face of Winsford’s goals by Morris and Hulme tucked the opening away to put Padiham 1-0 ahead.
Winsford’s first attempt on goal finally arrived on 11 minutes when Matty Ward sent a free-kick over Padiham’s crossbar.
Daley Woods went close for the home side five minutes later when a punched clearance by Padiham keeper Sean Davis fell right into the path of United’s lively front runner who volleyed just wide.
Padiham captain Martin Parkes broke up another Winsford attack on 20 minutes when he blocked a break by Andy Hurst but it was the Storks who came closest to finding the back of the net again when Jordan Hulme won possession inside the home side’s penalty area and fired off close range shot that Jones saved bravely.
On 32 minutes Winsford’s Ryan Broadhead connected with a Griffin Kyle floated free kick only to see his header hit the outside of the Padiham upright.
After the interval Winsford came more into the game and on 58 minutes missed a great opportunity to equalise when Daley Woods latched onto a cross but fired over.
On 85 minutes Padiham added a second after a high ball over the top from Barry Shuttleworth released Sensale who lobbed the keeper to make it 2-0. Within a minute of the restart the home side pulled one back when substitute Aiden Haughton got on the end of a free-kick to reduce the deficit. Padiham held on though.
Padiham are away to AFC Blackpool tonight, kick-off 7-45 p.m.
An opening goal after only 30 seconds gave padiham reserves the best of starts against New Mills Reserves at the Arbories.
Michael Taylor played in Shane Holding whose edge of the box shot flew past New Mills keeper James Taylor to put Padiham one up.
The visitors equalised midway through the half when Michael Jodrell scored but fell behind again on 36 minutes when a Mark Beckett pass released Nathan Egan who outpaced the defence to give the Storks a 2-1 half-time lead, which they held onto throughout the second half.
Padiham A team went down 3-2 away to Caldervale in the East Lancashire Football League with both goal coming from Matthew Ashworth.
Padiham Under 18s reached the third round of this year’s FA Under 18s County Cup after beating Littleborough Junior FC 3-0 at the Arbories.
David Wright, Zack Dales and Gareth Hill all scored.
Padiham FC Ladies travelled to Warrington Town Ladies’ Cantilever Stadium on Sunday in North West Women’s Regional League Division One fixture and picked up maximum points with a 5-1 victory.
Goal from Beck Hayton (3), Elise Howarth and Hannah Glendining gave then a 5-0 lead before the home side pulled one back late in the game
• Padiham’s sportsmans’ dinner takes place on Thursday, November 24th at Turf Moor, when Barry Fry is the guest speaker, and Jamie Sutherland the comedian.
Tickets are £25 each, and places can be reserved by contacting club secretary Alan Smith (07775717698).