PADIHAM got their season up and running on Wednesday night with an excellent 3-1 win against local rivals Bacup Borough at the Arbories.
The result left Borough boss Brent Peters somewhat red-faced after he publicly likened his side to Manchester United and Barcelona.
The Storks competed well from the opening whistle but needed their keeper Sean Davis to be at his best to deny Daniel Cocks following a mazy run and shot in the 20th minute.
At the other end Craig Chadwick’s men went one better when a right wing run and cross from Andy Sensale allowed Shaun Carey to drift in at the far post and head the Storks in to a 24th minute lead.
But Bacup were soon back on level terms when Adrian Bellamy scored from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark.
However, Padiham restored their lead before the interval when Sensale broke free and rounded Bacup stopper Daniel Garman before angling in a shot that ensured the Storks went in at the break with a 2-1 advantage.
Padiham made the points safe 10 minutes after the restart when Carey broke down the left and centred for Sensale who guided his stooping header beyond Garman.
Sensale was unlucky to complete his hat-trick hitting the woodwork with one effort before firing narrowly wide from another opening.
Elsewhere, Padiham A fielded their youngest ever side in the East Lancashire Football League with 10 of the starting XI aged 16.
But the Storks starlets did the business as they beat Peel Park 4-2 at Fennyfold with goals coming from Shane Holding, Stephen Cassidy, Joel Melia and Patrick Mortimer.