Padiham take heart from gutsy second half performance

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Padiham FC’s hopes of a better start to the second half of this season’s fixtures were crushed in the opening half hour of Saturdays Northern Premier League away fixture at promotion chasing Salford City.

Martyn Andrews (seven minutes) and Sam Madeley (15 minutes) put Salford in the driving seat and then two goals in quick succession on 30 minutes and 31 minutes from Matt Chadwick and Gareth Seddon wrapped up the points well before half-time.

Brett Ormerod was on target as the Storks lost to Salford  5-1.

Brett Ormerod was on target as the Storks lost to Salford 5-1.

Perversely it was only at this stage of the encounter that Padiham began to play, going close when a shot from Scott Byrom was blocked on the home sides goal line and pulling one back just before the break through Brett Ormerod, who incidentally was unlucky not to score a second when his goal bound shot smashed against his own player Curtis Haley to give the home side a lucky let off.

Padiham started the second half lively as well but when Scott Byrom’s shot hit the Salford post, hopes of a recovery faded.

Salford’s Aaron Walters headed against the Storks cross bar on the hour mark and on 77 minutes Salford scored a fifth when James Kirbys shot was blocked by Padiham keeper Sean Davis only for the ball to spin up into the air and backwards into the Storks net.

Davis made an excellent save from an 82nd Madeley penalty and at the other end, new signing Bobby Langford sent a shot right across the face of the goals.

Padiham have no midweek game and are next in action when Lancaster City visit the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena this coming Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

Padiham FC Reserves had no fixture but travel to Lancaster City on Thursday night in the Galaxy Lancashire Football League, kick-off 7-45 pm.