Padiham were just seconds away from an important Evo-Stik First Division Northern victory at Burscough on Saturday, when an own goal by substitute Tom Murphy three minutes into added on time denied the Storks what would have been only their fourth league win of the season.
Injuries and suspensions had once again robbed Padiham of key players, and in the first half the balance of the storks line up was not right, with Burscough making in roads down both wings and putting the visitors’ defence under pressure.
Matty Devine had the first attempt on the Storks goals with a shot over the bar on seven minutes, Padiham keeper Sean Davis saved bravely at the feet of Will Jones on 14 minutes, and two minutes later found himself in action again to keep out a Wade Joyce strike.
Eddie Toner failed to hit the target with three further attempts on the Padiham goal before Lloyd Dean headed another opportunity over on 41 minutes.
Infact it wasn’t until late in the first half that Padiham tested home keeper Calvin Hare when new signing David Kuba Kuba had a shot deflected into his hands.
Just before the break, Padiham’s Chappy Massamber was brought down just outside the home side’s 18-yard box, and from the resulting free kick, Danny Wilkins’ effort was blocked to leave the interval score line goal less.
Changes to Padiham’s line up at the interval saw the Storks bring on two substitutes and line up in a 4-4-2 formation, which immediately changed the direction of play, with the visitors now dominating proceedings and taking a 1-0 lead on 55 minutes following a short corner and cross from Jordan Scott, which Brett Ormerod headed past Burscough keeper Hare.
This was a lead Padiham never looked like losing until Murphy’s misdirected header ended up in his own net right at the death of the game.
Padiham are next in action at home to Salford City on Saturday, February 28th.
Padiham Reserves 3, Lancaster City Reserves 0
Padiham Reserves made it two Galaxy Lancashire League victories in the space of three days on Saturday when they beat Lancaster City Reserves 3-0 at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Aren,a to follow on from their 5-3 away win over Nelson Reserves on Thursday.
Samuel Langford gave the Storks a 1-0 half-time lead when he latched onto a Martin Trickett through ball and fired his 32nd minute shot past visiting keeper Adam Bee.
Langford was on hand early in the second half to double the Storks’ lead and on 81 minutes substitute Nathan Egan made it 3-0 following an assist from youth team player Josh Emmott.
Padiham Reserves are in action again on Thursday when they travel to play Hyde Reserves.
Meanwhile, Padiham Football Club are to host the Lancashire FA Sunday Trophy semi-final between AFC Ingol and Plungington Celtic FC at their Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena tomorrow evening, with kick-off at 7-30 p.m.
Admission is £4 adults and £2 concessions.