Padiham were knocked out of the Doodson Sports Cup at home to Bamber Bridge on Wednesday night.
Two goals in the opening four minutes at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena meant late arrivals missed out on an early goal spree.
Chris Marlow finished off a left wing cross into Padiham’s 18-yard box with a shot through a crowded area to give Bamber Bridge a second minute lead, but two minutes later, a surging run from the half-way line by Padiham’s new signing Scott Byrom - wewho left Barnoldswick Town at the weekend - ended with the midfielder going on to score himself to level the score at 1-1.
Alex Young came to Padihams rescue on 12 minutes with a goalline clearance, before Louis Mayers headed a Mark Sharples free kick just wide at the other end in the Storks’ next attack.
Mayers then went close again with a curling ball into the back post which Bamber Bridge keeper Harry Campbell did well to keep out, under pressure from Ben Allen.
Alistair Waddecar gave Padiham a scare on 38 minutes with a shot against the post, Mayers headed a Byrom cross wide on 40 minutes, while just before the end of an exciting first half, Bamber Bridge’s Andy Bell had a shot saved by the legs of Storks keeper Sean Davis.
The game changed dramatically on 50 minutes when Padiham captain Martin Parkes was sent off, and within a minute of the red card being shown, former Storks player and Bamber Bridge debutant Keiron Pickup had the ball in the back of the Storks’ net to restore the visitors’ lead.
This became 3-1 on 71 minutes when Waddecar fired back after a poor clearance, and when the Storks went down to nine men following a bad ankle injury to Young, the cup tie was over as a contest with the visitors adding a fourth goal on 84 minutes through Matty Kay.
Padiham are back in league action tomorrow when they travel to Brighouse Town, and the Storks’ reserve side are at home to AFC Fylde Reserves, kick-off 3 p.m.
Macclesfield Town U18 2, Padiham U18 2
Padiham Football Club’s youth team became the first side this season to take a point off Lancashire FA U18 Floodlit League leaders Macclesfield Town on Monday night.
The Storks started the game at a high tempo and took a fourth-minute lead with an absolute blockbuster of a shot from midfield player Jack Layfield.
Padiham then increased their lead on 25 minutes with another top drawer attempt on goal, when Alex Gouldbourne volleyed in a Josh Emmott crossfield pass.
Macclesfield pulled one back 10 minutes later after a free kick some how found its way into the net at the back post, and Town were allowed to score a second and equalising goal just four minutes after the break following a bad back pass.
Padiham had to dig deep to keep hold of a point from the game following injuries to Steven Bell and Ben Beardsell, and needed a double save from goalkeeper Jack Chadwick late in the game to end Macclesfield’s winning start to the season.