It remains a difficult time for Padiham as the Storks lost once again in the Evo-Stik First Division North on Saturday, this time going down 3-0 to Lancaster City at the Arbories Memorial Sports Grounds YESSS Electrical Arena.
An end to end first half produced plenty of goalscoring opportunities for both sides, and an exciting game to watch for the spectators on a rain-drenched pitch.
The visitors had the first real chance of the game after five minutes when a cross found its way to Sam Bailey, who blazed his effort over the Storks’ crossbar.
Padiham’s Bobby Langford forced a save from Lancaster keeper Michael Hale on 12 minutes with a tight angled shot, and Brett Ormerod then headed a Langford free kick straight at Hale on 20 minutes.
The visitors missed a good opening two minutes later when Matthew Poole shot wide following a cross to the back post, and this was followed by a Garry Hunter shot that also went wide of the target on 25 minutes.
Padiham then found the momentum of the game going their way, and after Scott Byrom’s effort was tipped round the post for a corner on 32 minutes, and Langford ended a good run with a shot just wide, Ormerod flashed a shot across the visitors’ goal to give the Dolly Blues a real scare.
However it was Lancaster who got the all-important break through when Aaron Taylor edged his way across the 18-yard box unchallenged four minutes before half-time, and got off a shot that beat Storks keeper Sean Davis, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Padiham should have leveled 10 minutes into the second half when Robbie Bromley found himself unmarked, and with an open goal to shoot at, but the young midfield player missed the target, giving Lancaster a mighty let off which they made full use of five minutes later when Neil Marshall headed in a corner to make it 2-0.
Davis made an excellent save from a Hunter screamer on 67 minutes, but couldn’t keep out a Taylor shot two minutes later which gave the visitors a third goal.
Padiham’s lack of luck was evident 10 minutes from time when a goalbound shot from Jordan Scott was some how kept out by Hale with an outstanding save, and from the resulting corner kick, Tom Murphy’s header on target was blocked on the goal line by a defender.
The result leaves the Storks still rooted to the bottom of the table with nine points from 23 games.
Padiham are at home again this Friday with a Boxing Day clash with neighbours Clitheroe, kick-off 3 p.m. at the YESSS Electrical Arena.
Padiham Reserves had no fixture on Saturday but went down to a 2-0 away defeat to Lancaster City Reserves at the Giant Axe Ground on Thursday night in the Galaxy Lancashire Football League.