GOALS from Kenny Taylor and Joe Garvin secured Padiham’s passage in to the next round of the NWC Challenge Cup competition as the Storks beat First Division Daisy Hill 2-0 at the Arbories.
Taylor scored his first ever senior goal for the Storks, firing the home side in front in the 28th minute with a ferocious close range volley that flashed past Adam Thomas from Ben Allen’s left wing centre.
However, Thomas thwarted Padiham’s attempts to double their advantage before the break with a brave save when facing skipper Martin Parkes in a one-on-one situation in the 38th minute.
The second half started with the visitors having their best attacking spell of the game as Matt Boland hit a snap shot over the crossbar before a corner from the right flew across the face of Padiham’s goal.
That said, Steve Wilkes’s side were playing in to bright sunshine in the second half but still dominated proceedings. Andrew Tinker had a free-kick saved at the foot of the far post by Thomas and a minute later, on the hour mark, Thomas was in action again to save a Ted Cockett volley following a long range throw by Owen Deakin Pickard.
The introduction of Garvin as a 65th minute substitute added more forward momentum for the home side and his first set-piece found Parkes unmarked at the back post but he was unable to direct his header away from Thomas.
Gavin’s second free-kick smashed against Daisy Hill’s upright while sandwiched in-between those two attempts Parkes scooped Taylor’s cross from the by-line over the bar from close range. Steve Cunningham was the next player to benefit from Garvin’s explicit dead ball delivery with 10 minutes remaining though his header just missed the target.
Eventually Padiham’s pressure paid off and with three minutes to go Garvin forced Thomas in to a great save, tipping his shot over the bar, but the Daisy Hill stopper couldn’t keep out his inswinging corner that beat everybody to fly straight in to the visitors’ net to secure a third round tie at home to AFC Blackpool in February.
Elsewhere, Padiham FC Reserves were involved in a scrappy league fixture at Silsden on Saturday but overcame the conditions to win 3-2 and move within two points of leaders New Mills with a game in hand.
The Storks led 1-0 at the break following a 38th minute own goal but the hosts drew level nine minutes in to the second half. Martin Trickett restored Padiham’s lead in the 70th minute, though the home side drew level for a second time in the 78th minute, this time from the penalty spot.
However, Five minutes from full-time substitute Gary Hill ensured the Storks secured maximum points with a well struck winner.
Padiham FC’s under 13s overcame difficult conditions at Fennyfold on Sunday to beat Feniscowles 6-0 in the East Lancashire Alliance Youth League. Kerrigan and Lofthouse both scored twice for the Storks while Edwards and Ostle also netted in the victory.
Meanwhile, Padiham FC Ladies ended Blackpool Wren Rovers Ladies’ unbeaten run with a 5-3 home triumph over the Division One league leaders. Elise Howarth hit a first half hat-trick and Lizzie White added to the scoring before the break to give the Storks a 4-0 interval lead.
Blackpool pulled a goal back on the hour mark but before the away side could forge a route back in to the fixture Justine Wallace made it 5-1. Two goals in a minute, with five minutes of the game remaining, pegged Padiham back once more but they held on to secure an impressive victory.
Padiham Football Club’s annual Sportsmans Dinner will take place on Thursday, November 29th, at the 1882 Lounge at Turf Moor. Former England and Arsenal star Paul Merson will be the guest speaker for the event, Andy Ashworth will be the MC for the evening and the pair will be joined by comedian Josh Daniels. For ticket information contact Alan Smith on 07775 717698.