Padiham powered their way into the quarter-finals of the Partners Foundation Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy after demolishing Atherton LR 5-1 at Crilly Park on Tuesday night.
The Storks took the lead on 18 minutes when Josh Emmott rifled in a 20-yarder, and never looked back.
Steve Wilkes’ side went further ahead on 40 minutes when Daley Woods’ cross was turned into his own net by Ian Frazer.
And Padiham made it 3-0 just before half-time when Martin Parkes headed in an Alex Murphy corner.
Padiham made sure Atherton could not stage any sort of a comeback when Kieron Pickup ran onto a long throw in to score the Storks’ fourth goal on 74 minutes, and two minutes later Woods, who recently returned to the club, added a fifth after a well-worked move between him and Pickup.
Defensively, Padiham had been able to cope well with the home attack, but in the final seconds of the cup tie, Atherton’s Moses Yoak did manage to beat Padiham keeper Sean Davis to earn the home side a late, late consolation goal.
Padiham travel to Abbey Hey this Saturday for a North West Counties Football League Premier Division fixture, kick-off 3 p.m., while Padiham FC Reserves are at home to Colne Reserves in the first leg of their two-legged Lancashire League Cup second round tie, kick-off 3 p.m.
On Sunday, Padiham’s Youth team are at home to Turton FC Youth team in the fourth round of the Lancashire FA Under 18s Youth Cup competition, kick-off 11 a.m. at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena.