Storks edge seven-goal thriller at Arbories against Wakefield!

PADIHAM V OSSETT TOWN: Ashley Carter celebrates scoring the opening goal for Padiham.'Photo Ben Parsons
PADIHAM V OSSETT TOWN: Ashley Carter celebrates scoring the opening goal for Padiham.'Photo Ben Parsons

It was goals galore once more at the Arbories on Wednesday night as Padiham edged a seven-goal thriller against Wakefield in the Northern Premier League.

In wet and windy weather conditions, the Storks opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Ben Allen’s driven cross from the bye line was turned home by Ashley Carter.

That advantage was doubled 10 minutes later when goalkeeper Sam Dobbs thwarted Allen but Storks’ leading scorer Kieron Pickup arrived on the scene quickly to convert the rebound and make it 2-0.

The home side were now in full flow, almost relentless, and the scoreline was increased to 3-0 in the 34th minute when new signing Louis Mayers provided the cross from the left and the delivery was met by a bullet header from Allen that flashed beyond Dobbs.

Wakefield got back in to the game just before half-time when Rob Bordman eluded a number of challenges before firing past another new signing, Ben Proctor.

There was somewhat of a role reversal after the break and it needed a superb save from Proctor to keep out Bordman’s fierce free-kick in the 57th minute.

Just after the hour, however, the visitors reduced the deficit again when substitute Ferdinand Annos rose above the Storks defence to head past Proctor from a corner.

That galvanised Steve Wilkes’s side and stung them in to life. For prolonged periods the away side’s goal lived a charmed life with goal-line clearances, efforts whistling by the upright and a succession of saves from Dobbs keeping Padiham at bay.

Eventually Padiham’s pressure paid off and with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining Padiham skipper Martin Parkes made it 4-2 with a header from a corner.

At that point it should’ve been game over, but within a minute the visitors scored again when Bordman’s free-kick fizzed past Proctor to make it 4-3.

Wakefield pushed for an equaliser but the Storks held firm to claim maximum points.

The Storks travel to Harrogate Railway Athletic tomorrow while a trip to Darlington awaits them on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Padiham Reserves have had their fixture with Silsden postponed with the opponents scheduled to play in a County Cup match.

Padiham Reserves lost 2-0 at home to AFC Darwen Reserves in the North West Counties League Reserve Division.

Padiham Under 18s beat Belvedere 5-0 in the East Lancashire Alliance Youth League on Sunday at Holden Road.

Liam Cole, Danny Turner, Blue Jenkins, Kieran Gamble and Jake Willacy were on target.

The Under 14s beat Badgers 5-2, also in the East Lancashire Alliance.

Harry Kerrigan scored a hat-trick, with Liam Simm adding two.

Padiham FC Ladies lost their North West Women’s Regional League game 2-1 at home to Accrington Girls and Ladies on Sunday.