Padiham 0, Scarborough Athletic 3
The opening minutes of Padiham’s Evo-stik First Division North fixture at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena on Saturday looked promising for the home side.
But on 18 minutes, the Storks’ bad habits came back to haunt them as a mistake by defender Dean Overson saw him lose possession, and from the resulting cross, Alex Peterson head the visitors in front.
Things got worse for the home side on the half hour mark when a sloppy corner was given away by Tom Murphy, and from the ball into Padiham’s box, James Beadle out jumped the home defence to head in a second for the visitors.
The second half started with Padiham keeper Marcus Burgess having to save well from a Ryan Blott effort, but then the Storks got on top and went close themselves when new signing Sam Dickinson smashed a shot into the face of Scarborough keeper Joseph Cracknell, and from the recorner Overson headed just over.
Ben Allen won a challenge with Cracknell on 64 minutes, and from the loose ball Brett Ormerod shot wide with the goal at his mercy.
Injuries to Louis Mayers and Martin Parkes and the sending off of striker Ben Allen halted Padiham’s fight back, and on 89 minutes Ryan Blott added Scarborough’s third goal to seal the points for the visitors.
New Mills Reserves 2, Padiham Reserves 2
Padiham Reserves’ Friday night Galaxy Lancashire Football League away fixture against New Mills Reserves ended in a 2-2 draw, after the Storks fought back from being 2-0 down at half-time.
Andrew Ramwell gave the home side a 1-0 lead, scoring direct from a corner after only three minutes’ play, and a minute before the break, Deren Boekurt added a second for New Mills.
Padiham got the best possible start to the second half when Sam Langford pulled one back for the Storks after only two minutes, but the visitors had to wait until five minutes from time for substitute Connor Loftus to make it 2-2 and earn the locals a share of the spoils.