ON the day Craig Chadwick received his Manager of the Month award, and Kieran Fletcher his Player of the Month accolade from Ian Williams of the North West Counties League Management Committee, Padiham extended their unbeaten league run to nine games.
Against a lively Staffordshire side that had the Storks on the back foot in the early stages, the hosts gained the upper hand as the first half progressed and went close to scoring when Paul Fildes played in Lloyd Balazs in the 26th minute, but he blazed over the bar.
The breakthrough came eight minutes later when a foul on Richard Geoghan resulted in a free-kick which Fildes smashed past the visitors’ defensive wall to put Padiham 1-0 ahead.
And the Storks soon doubled their advantage when a move involving Chris Ridehalgh and Fildes ended when the latter floated in a cross from the left wing to Geoghan, who made no mistake from 15 yards out in the 40th minute.
Padiham’s dominance continued after the interval and just after the hour mark Padiham captain Martin Parkes went within inches of making it 3-0 with a header just over the Stone crossbar following a Tom Bradley cross.
A minute later, however, the visitors reduced the deficit when a free-kick in to the Storks’ 18-yard box wasn’t cleared and Anthony Marshall fired in the loose ball to cut Padiham’s lead to 2-1.
Fildes then flashed a shot across the face of the Stone goal in the 67th minute before the Storks suffered another setback when Fletcher was red-carded for a lunging challenge that reduced Padiham to 10 men for the remaining 20 minutes.
In the 85th minute Fildes had a free kick tipped around the post, while at the other end Padiham had a lucky escape when James Curley hit the Padiham post with a shot.
The Storks created one more chance before the final whistle when a corner from Jordan Hulme found Ridehalgh free at the back post only for the midfielder to put his effort wide of the upright.
Padiham have no midweek fixture but travel to play St Helens Town next Saturday in a game that will be played at Ashton Town’s ground, with kick-off at 3 p.m. Meanwhile Padiham Reserves will entertain Mill Hill Reserves at the Arbories on Saturday with kick-off at 3 p.m.
Padiham A 5, Daneshouse 1
PADIHAM’S A team had no trouble beating East Lancashire Football League Division Two’s basement side Daneshouse at Fennyfold on Saturday.
A 39th-minute Paul Fishwick goal gave the Storks a 1-0 half-time lead, but five minutes in to the second half the visitors shocked the Storks by grabbing an equaliser.
Padiham responded by scoring four more goals through Fishwick in the 55th minute, Duane Knappett on the hour mark and Rob Johnson who grabbed a brace in the 75th and 80th minute.
Padiham Ladies 4, Leyland Ladies 2
PADIHAM Ladies retained their 100% record with a home win over Leyland Ladies.
New signing Abbie Blackett opened the scoring in the 25th minute, but three goals in six minutes saw the visitors draw level at 2-2 as they scored either side of Becky Hayton.
But two second half goals from Justine Wallace in the 57th minute and with a minute remaining secured Padiham’s victory.
Blue Star 0, Padiham U16s 2
PADIHAM maintained their impressive unbeaten start to the season with a win at Blue Star.
Connor Anderson put the Storks ahead in the first minute, and in the 65th minute Luke Pickles secured the points to keep them top of the league.
Padiham U11s 2, Bacup 1
MAN of the match Liam Simm scored both goals for Padiham in this victory.