Padiham suffer derby defeat at Nelson

Padiham boss Steve Wilkes
Padiham boss Steve Wilkes
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In a high-tempo North West Counties League derby at Little Wembley on Tuesday night, Padiham once again found themselves on the wrong end of a high-scoring encounter, which proved entertaining for the neutral, but was worrying for the Storks supporters who made the short journey down the bypass to watch the game.

An goal scored by Mark Jackson got the home side off to a great start on five minutes, when he reacted first to a loose ball, after Padiham keeper Michael Donlon had initially kept out a close range header from Sam Livesey, to fire the home side in front.

Padiham hit the woodwork on 14 minutes after a strike by Alex Ralph, and Kieron Pickup had a great shot on target two minutes later which Nelson keeper Ben Woodhead did well to keep out.

However, when Livesey made it 2-0 to the home side on 19 minutes, and Jackson added a third on 22 minutes, the Storks had an uphill task in front of them, which didnt get any easier when a mistake by Tom Fowler 10 minutes into the second half let in Livesey to make it 4-0.

Padiham hit the woodwork for a second time with 15 minutes to go when Alex Murphy headed against the bar, and efforts from Pickup and Michael West went close in the run up to the final whistle.

The defeat leaves Padiham 18th in the Premier Division table with 11 points from 10 games – a point above the bottom three, although the division is very tight at this early stage of the season.

Padiham are back in action tomorrow when Winsford United are the visitors to the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena, kick-off 3 p.m.