Padiham remain in pole position after victory over Colne

GOAL: Ben Allen in action for Padiham
GOAL: Ben Allen in action for Padiham

PADHIAM won their North West Counties Football League Premier Division local derby with Colne at the Arbories on Wednesday night, thanks to two goals in the space of two minutes midway through the second half.

Goalless at the interval, the opening 45 minutes had been keenly contested with the best two chances falling to Padiham.

First, Martin Parkes volleyed over after 12 minutes and then Kieran Fletcher was denied by Colne keeper Chris Thompson following a free kick after 31 minutes.

However, it needed a penalty to break the deadlock and when Elliot Dunn was fouled in the box after 65 minutes, Ben Allen converted from 12 yards to give Padiham a 1-0 lead.

The Storks then went 2-0 up in their next attack when Sam Morris and Kieran Pickup combined well before Pickup released Kenny Taylor with a perfectly weighted through-ball and Taylor chipped the onrushing Thompson to double the home sides lead after 66 minutes.

James Crorken came nearest to pulling one back for Colne with a shot across the face of the Padiham goal after 68 minutes and another effort from a direct free kick 10 minutes later which Storks keeper Sean Davis saved.

Padiham now face two away fixtures as they travel to Norton United on Saturday and then Silsden on Wednesday night.