Padiham lost out by the odd goal in five at Silsden on Tuesday night, in a dress rehearsal of their Emirates FA Cup tie on Saturday.
After a first half of mediocrity, in which a headed goal from Silsden’s Jack Brooks on 17 minutes separated the two sides, the second half exploded into life within a minute of the restart.
Craig Nicholls’ looping 30-yard shot flew over the head of Padiham keeper Sean Davis to double the home side’s lead.
Padiham got back into the game on 65 minutes when substitute Sean Cookson ran onto a throug ball from Kieron Pickup, and with his first touch in a Padiham shirt, powered a shot beyond the reach of home keeper Daniel Thorpe to reduce the deficit.
Curtis Haley then levelled the scores at 2-2 on 70 minutes, only for Silsden to go back in front from the penalty spot two minutes later when Joseph Mitchell converted.
Padiham pushed hard for a third goal themselves, but came up against an inform keeper in Thorpe, who made important saves from Tom Fowler, Alex Ralph and a late free kick from Chris Turner.
The Storks return back to the Angel Telecom Stadium on Saturday to play Silsden once again, only this time in an FA Cup preliminary round tie, kick-off 3 p.m.
Padiham slipped to 10th in the North West Counties Premier Division as a result of this second defeat of the season.
Steve Wilkes’ side return to league action next Wednesday night when they host AFC Blackpool at the YESSS Electrical Arena (7-45 p.m.).