THE Storks beat basement side Rossendale United in front of a crowd of more then 200 people to maintain their unbeaten start to 2011.
It needed two pitch inspections and a lot of hard work by groundsmen at the Arbories before the game was given the go ahead.
And the 2-0 victory over the Dark Lane side, earning Padiham their 10th point from a possible 12 in January, could well land manager Craig Chadwick the Vodkat Premier Division manager of the month accolade.
An Ed O’Neill corner on 12 minutes paved the way for the opening goal after his floated cross in to the box found Padiham captain Martin Parkes (pictured) who volleyed in to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Rossendale went close to equalising almost immediately but a goal line clearance by Storks defender Tom Bradley from the first opportunity and a full length save from Padiham keeper Sean Davis from the follow up effort kept the home side’s lead intact.
The visitors went close on numerous occasions to finding a leveller but their efforts went in vain. Eventually Padiham added a second 10 minutes before the break to effectively end the game as a contest.
Firstly an O’Neill break ended with his shot being parried away by Rossendale stopper Ben Proctor in to the path of Stuart Telfer who in turn forced the visiting keeper in to another save. However, Telfer made no mistake with his second bite of the cherry despite the effort ricocheting off two Rossendale defenders before finding the back of the net. That sent Padiham in at the interval with a two-goal advantage.
The intensity of the first half faded away somewhat after the break and although Paul Fildes, Ben Hoskin and O’Neill had chances to increase the home side’s lead it was Rossendale that went closest to affecting the scoreline through Andrew Smith and Curtis Gallagher.
A welcome addition to the Arbories crowd on Saturday was a group of Glossop North End supporters who attended the fixture following the postponement of their own game at AFC Darwen in the Vodkat Challenge Cup.
The group opted to follow the fortunes of Padiham left back Bradley, their favourite ‘other player’ in the division, due to his nickname ‘Chopper’.
Club secretary Alan Smith said: “This is the second time this season Glossop North End supporters have turned up to support Tom.
“It certainly caused members of the home support to check who Padiham’s opponents were when they saw all the Glossop supporters behind the Cricket Field end goals..”
Padiham’s next game is at Flixton on Saturday. Padiham Reserves host AFC Darwen Reserves at the Arbories (3 p.m.).