AFC Blackpool Mechanics 2, Padiham 0

HIT THE POST: Andy Haworth
HIT THE POST: Andy Haworth
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PADIHAM left AFC Blackpool’s Mechanics Ground disappointed that they hadn’t taken anything from Tuesday night’s North West Counties Football League Premier Division fixture.

Chances came thick and fast in the game with the home side taking the lead on 11 minutes when Kevan Ford headed in from a corner.

Anthony Stayte made it 2-0 just before half-time finishing off a move that beat the Storks’ claims for offside with an on target shot at the back post following a break and cross from the right.

Padiham had plenty of possession in the first half but not the penetration to beat a well organised Blackpool defence.

After the break however the Storks had a real go at reducing the deficit and right from the whistle took the game to AFC Blackpool.

Within the opening two minutes of the second half Padiham had three attempts on goal saved by the home keeper.

Andrew Speight who first denied Lee Morris with a near post save with his legs and two further saves from Andrew Sensale and Paul Walker.

Ben Waddington looked dangerous on the break for Blackpool but at the other end Padiham continued to keep Speight busy.

Andy Haworth had a shot on 61 minutes that did get past Speight but the effort hit the inside of the post and somehow stayed out of the net as it bounced across the face of the goal and out of player at the other post.

Sean Davis saved at the feet of Waddington and two minutes later Shawn Carey shot wide in another Padiham attack and when Jordan Hulme finally got the ball into the Blackpool net, referee Dominic McDonald disallowed the effort.

Chris Ridehalgh hit the outside of Blackpool’s upright on 85 minutes and in a hectic finish to the game, substitute Ed O’Neill was sent off after receiving two yellow cards to compound the misery for the visitors.

On Saturday Padiham take on Bootle at home, kick-off 3 p.m. at the Arbories in another league fixture. This will be the Storks’ 15th game of the season, a statistic which means they will have played more league games than any other non-league team in the county.

Padiham will be without their goalkeeper Sean Davis, who serves the first of a two match ban that also includes Monday night’s Lancashire FA County Cup tie at Atherton Collieries. On the plus side however Padiham will be hoping captain Martin Parkes and full back Barry Shuttleworth, who both missed Tuesday’s, will be back for the Bootle fixture and possibly Dominic Slaven who has been out injured for three weeks.

Kieran Fletcher will still be missing and hasn’t played since being injured in the Storks’ first game of the season at Runcorn Town at the beginning of August.

Padiham Reserves are away at Daisy Hill in a NWCFL Reserve Division fixture.