Padiham close in on top spot

WIDE BOY: Tom Bradley whips in a cross for the Storks
WIDE BOY: Tom Bradley whips in a cross for the Storks
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PADIHAM moved to within two points of the NWC Premier Division summit with a 2-1 home win over Glossop North End at the Arbories on Saturday.

The Storks closed the gap on league leaders Congleton Town, who were held to a 2-2 draw with AFC Liverpool, while having two games in hand on their rivals.

PADIHAM V GLOSSOP NORTH END: Tom Bradley holds off the challenge.'Photo Ben Parsons

PADIHAM V GLOSSOP NORTH END: Tom Bradley holds off the challenge.'Photo Ben Parsons

But for the second week running Steve Wilkes’s side were slow out of the blocks, going a goal behind after only seven minutes when a short corner was headed beyond Sean Davis by Nathan Bond.

At the other end Glossop keeper Ashley Hall became busier as the first half progressed making saves from Neil Stansfield and Elliot Dunn and, even when beaten in the 37th minute, Tom Bradley’s shot clipped the outside of the post.

After the half-time break Padiham started to take control with Stansfield cutting inside and drilling a shot just wide in the 54th minute and both Martin Parkes and Sam Morris flashed long range efforts just wide.

However, after the hour Padiham were level. David Sherlock’s attempt on the spin was turned away by Hall and from the resulting corner Martin Broderick curled the ball in to the visitor’s net to make it 1-1.

Padiham sensed a win was on the cards and in search of a second goal Joe Garvin went close in the 68th minute while Sherlock headed over five minutes later.

And Garvin was in the thick of the action moments later, finding himself one-on-one with Hall, but the Glossop stopper thwarted his effort with his legs.

As play swung once more Adam Oaks dragged a shot wide from the edge of the box and after a surging run from midfield Sam Marshall hit a great effort on target which Davis did well to keep out.

The winning goal for the Storks arrived in the 82nd minute and it was a one worthy of winning any match as Garvin’s ferocious long range drive struck the net before Hall had the chance to react.

After picking up their seventh win of the campaign, Padiham will try for the third time to play their first round Lancashire FA Co-Operative Challenge Trophy tie with Colne at the Arbories tonight, kick-off 7-45 p.m.

Meanwhile, Nicholas McNally’s hat-trick helped Padiham Reserves to all three points with a 5-2 triumph away at Runcorn Linnets.

Gary Hill and Joel Melia added their names to the scoresheet in the NWC Reserve Division victory.

Padiham FC Under 18s progressed in to the third round of the Lancashire FA Youth Cup beating Bolton Wyresdale youth team 2-0 at the Arbories with Andrew Mill scoring both goals.

Elsewhere, there was disappointment for the club’s Under 13s outfit and Padiham FC Ladies who lost their respective fixtures.

The former were knocked out of the Lancashire FA County Cup with Harry Kerrigan scoring a consolation in the 7-1 loss away to Longsands, while the latter were condemned to a 4-0 defeat against Springfield Ladies.

FINAL SCORE: Padiham 2, Glossop North End 1

• PADIHAM Football Club is giving its full backing to this year’s Non-League Day which takes place on Saturday when the Storks take on Bacup Borough FC at the Arbories Memorial Sports Ground in the NWC Premier Division, kick-off 3 p.m.

Non-League Day is a celebration of the semi-professional and amateur game and a chance for fans of bigger clubs to experience football at a level they may not otherwise be familiar with.

The event also helps promote clubs like Padiham which are volunteer run and contribute so much good for the local community.

With England playing on Friday and the Championship being subject to an international break, members of Padiham FC are hoping that supporters of Burnley Football Club will attend the Arbories to back Steve Wilkes’s side.

Given the current financial climate, the club needs all the support it can get so any extra followers at the Stadium on Saturday would be greatly appreciated.

Admission for adults is £5, concessions £2, while junior school children accompanied by adults can attend the fixture free of charge.