PADIHAM maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign with a 4-1 win over St Helens Town at the Arbories on Saturday.
The Storks hit the ground running in the NWC Premier Division clash, scoring in under 30 seconds when Andrew Tinker finished off a well-worked move down the left with an angled shot past Lee Novak.
Lee Barrett’s part in that opening move saw him pick up a knee injury which led to his replacement in the 12th minute, just before the visitors gave the home side a scare when Carl Osman forced his way through midfield to fire just wide.
Moments later Kenny Taylor’s cross from the right created an opening for Ben Allen, but his shot was blocked, and in the 20th minute Joe Garvin’s free kick whistled just over the crossbar.
St Helens created chances themselves as the half progressed with Scott McNair volleying wide before a corner flashed across the six yard box though the delivery evaded-everybody in the vicinity.
As the hosts looked to double their advantage, Ted Cockett tested Novak with a curling effort from the edge of the box, while Garvin and Taylor were both thwarted by the St Helens stopper. Then in the 41st minute, a move involving Liam Foster, Taylor and Marc Allen set up Tinker, but the goalscorer miscued.
Padiham created further openings at the start of the second half but in the 65th minute the away side drew level from the penalty spot when Ashley Rimmer sent Sean Davis the wrong way to make it 1-1.
But Padiham regained their lead within three minutes when Tinker raced on to a through ball and shot past Novak. Davis tipped a long range effort from McNair round the post to keep Padiham’s lead in tact before Storks boss Steve Wilkes made a number of substitutions. One of those changes, David Sherlock, signed from Ashton United last week, scored with only his second touch with a spectacular overhead kick to make it 3-1.
Six minutes from time Padiham were awarded a penalty when Tom Bradley was brought down before Garvin netted to make it 4-1.
Padiham are in action tomorrow when they face Wigan Robin Park at the Arbories, kick-off 7-45 p.m.