Padiham make promotion chasers sweat for victory

Curtis Haley netted Padiham's goal at Spennymoor on Saturday
Curtis Haley netted Padiham's goal at Spennymoor on Saturday
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Padiham made promotion-chasing Spennymor fight all the way for the three points, but defeat was another step nearer the drop.

The game was a lively encounter from start to finish.

Andrew Stephenson hit the ground running for the North East side, hitting the post and then bar before finding the back of the Padiham net after only eight minutes.

Padiham went close themselves on 12 minutes when new striker Daley Woods got in front of his marker to head an Alex Grice cross just wide.

A mix up between Ash Young and Sean Davis nearly gifted Spennymoor’s Liam Henderson a goal at the other end, while on 18 minutes, Brett Ormerod tested home keeper Adam McHugh with a close range shot, and did likewise on 35 minutes.

Spennymoors Shane Henry shot over and had an effort saved by Padiham keeper Sean Davis as the half progressed, and just before half-time Padiham had a let off when Nathan Fisher got free, but shot wide.

After the break Padiham had a great chance to equalise when substitute Curtis Haley found himself one on one with home keeper McHugh, only for the Storks striker to fail to beat the home keeper from just inside the area.

Third placed Spennymoor made Padiham pay for the miss when they scored at the other end through Fisher on 64 minutes, and made it 3-0 a minute later when Storks defender Tom Murphy powered an header into his own goal.

Both sides went close from free kick situations before Padiham pulled one back on 85 minutes after a shot from Daniel Wilkins was saved and Curtis Haley followed up to tuck the loose ball away from 12 yards out.

Padiham Reserves’ home fixture against Workington Reserves was postponed on Saturday, but they are in action this Thursday evening against Stockport County Reserves at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena, kick-off 7-45 p.m.

Padiham’s first team next play this coming Saturday when Warrington Town are the visitors, kick-off 3 p.m.

Padiham’s youth team came out on top of a closely-fought Lancashire FA Under 18s Floodlit League fixture with AFC Darwen at the Arbories last Tuesday night, winning the local derby fixture 2-1.

Both sides created good chances in the first half but couldn’t beat inform keepers at both ends leaving the game goal less at half-time.

Darwen had a great opportunity to take the lead just after the hour mark but missed from the spot and ten minutes later the home side that broke the dead lock through Josh Emmott.

AFC Darwen headed in an equaliser from a corner on 72 minutes, but Padiham grabbed a winner fiveminutes from time when Emmott converted a ball in from the right by Ben Beardsell.