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Padiham came from behind to claim a point from fifth place Harrogate at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena.
There was a quick and lively start on Saturday, and a determination from the Storks players that had the visitors on the back foot in the opening stages of the game.
This should have seen the home side take the lead.
A move involving Brett Ormerod and Alex Grice resulted in a ball being crossed into the Harrogate 18-yard box which Daniel Wilkins ran onto, but somehow lifted his shot over the bar on nine minutes.
And four minutes later a poor clearance by Harrogate keeper Tom Goodwin landed at Chris Turner’s feet, only for the Storks midfield player to lob his shot wide of an empty net.
Harrogate striker Jerry Yates made no such errors with his finish on 18 minutes, however, to give the visitors the lead against the run of play, when he tucked away the loose ball after a shot blocked by Padiham keeper Ross Dalton fell kindly for him.
Half chances at both ends in the run up to half-time saw the keepers come out on top, and no addition to the score line when the break eventually arrived - with only an hamstring injury to Padiham captain Martin Parkes which saw him take no further part in the game.
In the second half, the early scoring chances fell to the visitors, but Storks keeper Dalton was good enough to keep out efforts from Jesus Martin Farina and Harry Coates.
And on 72 minutes Padiham drew level.
A foul on Ormerod resulted in a penalty being awarded to the Storks, and from the spot kick, Ormerod sent the ball out of the reach of Goodwin and into the corner of the net to make it 1-1.
Harrogate had a real go at taking maximum points from the game but couldn’t find a way past the Padiham defenders who ensured the game ended 1-1 at full time, frustrating Harrogate substitute Gregg Kidd, who was sent off late in the game for dissent.
Padiham are at home again tomorrow evening when promotion favourites Darlington 1883 are the visitors to the YESSS Electrical Arena at the Arbories, kick-off 7-45 p.m.
Padiham remain bottom of the Evo-Stik First Division North Table, eight points adrift of safety with 12 games remaining.