WITHOUT a win in their last five games, Padiham were looking to start the New Year with a victory over Silsden on Monday.
Instead though the Storks went down to their heaviest home defat of the season, losing 4-0 in a scrappy North West Counties Football League Premier Division fixture at the Arbories.
In the first half Padiham had the two best openings when a flick on by Sam Heap played in Lee Morris on 27 minutes and he shot straight at visiting keeper James Mann when one-on-one.
Morris had an even better chance on 40 minutes after Chris Ridehalgh played in Padiham’s centre forward. This time Morris smashed his shot against the crossbar with only the keeper to beat again.
By then Silsden had taken the lead when a rather harsh penalty, given on 37 minutes for handball by Storks defender John Blackley, was converted from 12 yards by John Douglas, to give the White Rose side a 1-0 half-time lead.
After the break Padiham keeper Josh Boothman kept out efforts from Daniel Bryan, John Douglas and Lee Andrew before Padiham went 2-0 down on the hour mark.
A punch out by Boothman from an inswinging corner was met first time by Bryan at the edge of the box and as a result the ball flew into the back of the Storks net.
Padiham responded with a weak shot on goal by Sam Heap on 61 minutes and after a triple substitution the Storks were certain it wasn’t going to be their day when first a close range shot from Heap was saved superbly by mann and from the resulting corner Andy Haworth headed against the underside of the visitor’s bar before seeing the loose ball scrambled away.
Padiham’s day went from bad to worse as Daniel Husband headed in a corner on 88 minutes and in added time Bryan ran to a through ball, rounded the Storks keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net to give Silsden a 4-0 win and condemn the Storks to a fifth defeat in their last six outings.
Padiham first team travel to Ashton Athletic on Saturday while Padiham Reserves take on Ashton Athletic Reserves at the Arbories. Both games kick-off at 3 p.m.