Threlfall condemns Storks to home defeat

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Padiham’s form went out of the window on Wednesday night as they lost out to Barnoldswick Town at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena in a very poor North West Counties Football League fixture.

Town, playing up the slope in the first half, won two corners in the first five minutes.

From the second, taken by Joe Gaughan, Mark Threlfall headed home at the unguarded near post to put Town one up.

And the Storks never got a foothold in the game, which passed both sides by for much of the first half.

Ben Gorman did well out wide and picked out Threlfall unmarked on the edge of the Parea but he blazed high and wide from a good position, before making amends just before half-time.

Carl Ellerton put over a great cross all along the six-yard line, and Threlfall came onto the ball and side-footed into the roof of the net to give the visitors a 2-0 interval lead.

The second half followed a similar pattern, with supporters left wondering when the next shot on target would come, never mind the next goal.

Padiham pressed to get back into the game, and their best chance to pull one back came right at the end of the game when Seydou Bamba got on the end of a Chris Turner free kick to send in a header which a combination of Liam Blades on the post and Barnoldswick keeper Jordan Gidley did well to turn away for a corner.

And then from the dead ball into the back post, Gidley somehow tipped a goalbound header from Tom Fowler onto his own post.

Overall a game to forget for the Storks who are at home again on Saturday when Ashton Athletic are the visitors to the YESSS Electrical Arena for a 3 p.m. kick-off.