Padiham gave themselves a mountain to climb after conceding two goals in the opening 13 minutes of their Evo-Stik First Division North fixture at Prescot Cables on Saturday.
The first came after only five minutes when Mason Ryan found space to put the home side ahead, and the second arrived eight minutes later when Rob Doran scored from the penalty spot after a foul by Dean Overson.
In between the two strikes, Ben Allen could have levelled the score on nine minutes when he was played in on goal with a ball over the top of the home defence, only for the Padiham striker to send his effort wide of the upright.
Brett Ormerod had a good chance to pull one back a minute after Prescot’s second, but couldn’t beat home keeper Tom Quinn, who turned his shot away for a corner.
Both sides then went close from free kicks, and in the run up to half-time, Ormerod had a shot blocked for a corner, which resulted in new signing Daniel Coid hitting a shot just the wrong side of the post, while at the other end, Padiham keeper Marcus Burgess had to be alert to keep out a chipped shot from Prescot’s Jack Phillips.
Padiham hit the second half running, and pulled a goal back within four minutes of the restart when Ormerod converted a penalty given for hand ball.
This led to a period of pressure from Padiham, and a way back into the game looked on the cards.
That is until 15 minutes from time, when Jake Gregory’s mistake allowed the home side to regain possession and Jack Phillips finished off a counter attack to give Prescot a 3-1 lead.
Things went downhill fast after this setback, with Prescot adding a fourth when Overson turned a cross into his own net on 85 minutes, and Prescot’s full back Andy Griffiths looped in a fifth via the inside of the post with the last kick of the game.
The result left Padiham adrift at the bottom of the league table at what is the half way stage of the season, with only two league wins and three draws from 21 fixtures played.
Padiham Reserves’ home Lancashire League fixture against Hyde Reserves was postponed because of a frozen pitch. This Thursday night, PadihamReserves are away to Workington Reserves, kick-off 8 p.m.