With Padiham needing all three points from their Evo-stik First Division North home fixture against Brighouse Town at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena on Saturday, a point was a disappointing result for the Storks.
The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges, and tested home keeper Sean Davis on seven minutes when Ryan Hall cut inside from the right and got off a shot that the Padiham keeper did well to save low down by the near post.
His next call into action produced an even better save, two minutes later, this time tipping over a free kick from Thomas Matthews for a corner, which then produced another scare for the Storks as the ball in zipped right across the face of goal before going out to safety.
Eventually Padiham got over their early nerves and began to get a foothold in the game, before taking the lead on 24 minutes when a foul on Bobby Langford by Brighouse goalkeeper Jordan Porter resulted in a penalty, which Brett Ormerod tucked away to put the Storks one up.
A lead that didn’t even last a minute as straight from the restart, the home defence was breached for the 96th time this season, as William Tolley reacted first to the loose ball following a save from Davis to smash it into the back of ther net and make it 1-1.
Padiham had chances in the run up to half-time to restore their lead, with Langford dropping a shot just over the bar and onto the net, Curtis Haley volleying an Ormerod cross wide, and Langford hitting a shot right accross the face of goal.
The second half started slowly, but picked up momentum when Padiham introduced Andy Hill and David Kuba Kuba into the action, although this still didn’t produce the breakthrough the Storks needed.
With six minutes remaining, the best chance of the game came when Ormerod’s pin point right sided cross found Langford running in at the back post unmarked.
It had to be the winner, but unfortunately not as the Storks striker got underneath the ball and sent his shot over the bar from six yards out
Still Padiham had one more golden chance to snatch the three points, when midfielder Danny Wilkins broke into the box with two Padiham players unmarked alongside him, and, needing just a side ways pass to put them clear on goal.
The pass never came though as Wilkins lost his footing and crumpled down in a heap to give Brighouse one mighty let off.
Padiham have no midweek fixture but travel to Harrogate Railway Athletic next Saturday, while Padiham Reserves entertain Stockport County Reserves at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena next Saturday, kick-off 3 p.m.