Three late goals condemned Padiham to a 3-1 defeat on Wednesday night as derby rivals Colne came back to win.
This was indeed a local derby fixture in every way possible, with no fewer than 10 of the visiting side’s squad of players for the game having played for Padiham in the past, and three of the Colne management team also spendinge time at the Arbories.
So it was no wonder it was the non-league game of the night to watch, with a crowd of 369 turning up at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena, despite the North West Counties Football League’s late switch of dates for the game.
Competetive, yes, in the first half, but with very few real goalscoring opportunities – with the pick of these coming on 19 minutes when Colne’s Chris Anderson jinked his way through the Storks defence to get off a shot that Padiham keeper Sean Davis blocked .
And at the other end ,right on half-time, Padihams Kieron Pickup almost finished off a well-worked move with a shot across the face of goal.
The second half followed much the same pattern until the local derby exploded into life on 70 minutes when Pickup was upended, and from the resulting free kick, Padiham captain Chris Turner let go a 25-yard screamer that deflected into the Colne net, leaving visiting keeper Chris Thompson stranded.
Ten minutes later Colne got back on level terms when former Storks striker Danny Boyle converted a penalty after another one-time Padiham forward Ben Allen was pushed in the back.
And within minutes of the restart Colne substitute Kenny Taylor, yet another former Padiham man, fired the visitors in front.
The points were finally secured for Colne with another Boyle strike on 89 minutes.
Padiham return to FA Cup action on Saturday with a home tie against Lancaster City at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena, kick-off 3 p.m.
This is an all pay at the turnstile fixture, adults £6, concessions £3.
Lancaster boss Darren Peacock was an interested observer on Wednesday night, and he looked ahead to the cup tie: “We are in high spirits after the 1-1 draw against Warrington on Tuesday night.
“We want to take that into Saturday for what is a big game for us and Padiham.
“We’ll head there full of confidence but with plenty of respect for them.
“We have a good record against them but they’ll be dangerous. They’ll be wanting to come straight back up and have a good run in the cup.”