Colne 0, Padiham 3

PADIHAM started the New Year with a 3-0 Vodkat North West Counties Football League Premier Division away win over derby rivals Colne at Holt House on Monday.

Despite the first half being goalless there was plenty of action at both ends with Colne being denied a penalty in the opening stages. The Storks opened well and in the first 15 minutes kept Colne keeper Jamie Scott busy with efforts from Andy Haworth, Lee Morris and Jordan Hulme which all forced saves from the shot stopper.

Sean Davis had to be at his best at the other end to get up and tip over a dipping Joe Garvin free-kick on 16 minutes, but could only watch from the resulting corner when Colne centre half Steve Pickup headed the wrong side of the post from close range.

On 21 minutes James Crorken gave the Storks another scare when his overhead kick smashed against the Padiham crossbar and from the follow up shot Davis saved comfortably to keep the home side at bay.

Jamie Scott saved well from a Jordan Hulme shot after good work down the Padiham left by Tom Bradley on 23 minutes and as the game switched from end to end Davis kept out a shot on goal by Mark Threlfall in the home side’s next attack.

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Lady luck refused to smile on the Reds when they struck the visitors’ crossbar twice with two great efforts. First James Crorken’s overhead kick after 20 minutes came back off the woodwork. Then after 35 minutes, Martin Broderick looked sure to give Colne the lead when he chipped the ball over the advancing Davies only to see it rebound into play off the bar.

However the best move of the half came on 41 minutes when Lee Morris played a ball off to Damien Morrison and his shot was once again saved by Colne keeper Jamie Scott to the ensure the first half ended 0-0.

The second half had only just got going when Padiham broke the deadlock on 49 minutes after a good crossfield run by Ed O’Neil ended with a pass into the path of Jordan Hulme who made no mistake with his shot past Scott to put Padiham 1-0 ahead.

Hulme was heavily involved in the Storks second goal after getting free on the left and sending in a low hard cross which Lee Morris converted from close range on 70 minutes.

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Colne worked hard in search of an equaliser but were unable to create any clear chances for their strikers and Hulme then scored his second of the afternoon after rounding Colne keeper Scott on 84 minutes and planting his shot into an empty net to make it 3-0.

Padiham face a tough test on Saturday when league leaders New Mills visit the Arbories for a 3 p.m. kick-off. Padiham Reserves travel to Ashton Town Reserves.

Colne are away at Atherton LR, kick-off at 3 p.m.