Padiham reserves climb the table

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PADIHAM Reserves climbed to fourth in the North West Counties Reserve Division following their 2-0 win over Irlam at the Arbories on Saturday.

The Storks dominated the early stages of the game but had to wait until the 25th minute before taking the lead through Owen Deakin-Pickard.

Irlam responded by taking the game to Padiham, however, they failed to turn their possession into an equaliser and at half-time the home side went in a goal ahead.

The visitors continued to take the game to Padiham after the interval but couldn’t get the better of keeper Josh Boothman who made two important saves to ensure the Storks kept a clean sheet.

Padiham’s Nathan Egan had the opportunity on three occasions to increase the Storks lead, unfortunately Irlam’s keeper Joseph Birtwell frustrated the home side with a series of saves.

The Storks made sure of the win in injury time thanks to substitute Daniel Stubberfield who eventually beat Birtwell to make the final score 2-0.

Elsewhere, Padiham under 12s drew 1-1 away at Knuzden in the East Lancashire Alliance Football League. Levi Ostle scored the Storks’ goal while Mason Hughes was named man of the match.

And Padiham Ladies continued their excellent start to their debut season in the North West Women’s Regional League with a 4-1 away win over Southport Birkdale United Ladies at Haig Avenue.

First half goals from Charlotte Holden (pictured, right), Elise Howarth and Justine Wallace gave Padiham a 3-1 lead at the break, before a second half strike from Howarth rounded off the scoring.

Meanwhile, a competition that started back in August 2010 will finally come to a conclusion this week when Rock Rovers and Padiham FC XI contest the final of the NHS Bird Cup at Colne FC’s XLCR Stadium.

The final, sponsored by Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Marsden Building Society, will kick-off at 7 p.m. on Thursday with admission £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.

The 2011/12 Bird Cup competition is already underway with Padiham one of the clubs that have reached the quarter-final stages.