There was to be no upset to the form book at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena on Saturday when Evo-stik First Division North leaders Salford City put six past Padiham to condemn the Storks to their heaviest defeat of the season.
Former Padiham player Gareth Seddon gave the home side an early warning of the visitors’ intentions when, after less than 20 seconds of the game kicking off, he smashed a shot against the Storks upright.
And four minutes later Phil Dean went one better for the visitors when he opened the scoring with an angled shot from the left to put Salford one up.
Salford’s lead doubled on 22 minutes after former Manchester United striker Danny Webber took full advantage of a deflected ball into his path and a neat bit of dribbling, before dispatching his shot out of the reach of Padiham keeper Sean Davis to make it 2-0.
Padiham had a number of let offs in the run up to half-time, with Seddon going close to adding to Salford’s lead with a shot into the side netting and a header just wide, while Adam Morning scooped a shot over the cross bar from another opening.
But Padihams luck deserted them at the end of the first half when Webber nipped in to turn a left wing cross into the net to give Salford a 3-0 interval lead.
After the break, Morning gave Padiham an early scare when he shot over and Storks keeper Davis pulled off a triple save from efforts from Webber, after the lively forward had been allowed to run in on goal.
Eventually Salford’s pressure paid off, and on 64 minutes, Hapton’s Seddon tucked a shot into the corner of the net to make it 4-0.
Seddon went close again on 75 minutes with another shot, which this time hit the upright, however, within a minute of this miss, another former Padiham player Jordan Hulme heaped more misery on the home side when his fierce shot crashed into the net, making it 5-0.
Davis made a series of top class saves in the run up to full time, but could do nothing to prevent Salford improving their goal difference with a goal in added on time from Sam Madeley that made it 6-0 to the visitors.
The result leaves Padiham 11 points adrift of safety, although they have a game in hand on third-bottom Radcliffe Borough, with nine games to play.
Padiham have no midweek fixture but are at home on Saturday to Brighouse Town, while Padiham Reserves host Colne Reserves on Wednesday night at the Arbories, kick-off 7-45 p.m. in the Galaxy Lancashire Football League.