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Liversedge

1 - 1
Sat 16th Jul
Padiham
Blackpool Wren Rovers

0 - 3
Tue 19th Jul
Padiham
Garstang

1 - 0
Sat 23rd Jul
Padiham
Thackley

1 - 2
Tue 26th Jul
Padiham
Padiham

2 - 3
Sat 30th Jul
Northwich Victoria
Padiham

0 - 3
Tue 2nd Aug
AFC Fylde
Padiham

1 - 0
Sat 6th Aug
Team Northumbria
Padiham

1 - 0
Wed 10th Aug
Nelson
Irlam

1 - 1
Sat 13th Aug
Padiham
Abbey Hey

0 - 3
Tue 16th Aug
Padiham
Padiham

1 - 2
Sat 20th Aug
Newcastle Benfield
Padiham

0 - 2
Wed 24th Aug
Barnoldswick Town
West Didsbury and Chorlton

1 - 0
Sat 27th Aug
Padiham
Padiham

2 - 4
Wed 31st Aug
Ashton Athletic
Runcorn Linnets

4 - 2
Sat 3rd Sep
Padiham
Padiham

1 - 5
Sat 10th Sep
Hanley Town
Squires Gate

1 - 4
Tue 13th Sep
Padiham
Padiham

0 - 3
Sat 17th Sep
Bootle
Atherton Collieries

2 - 1
Mon 19th Sep
Padiham
West Auckland Town

1 - 1
1 - 2(aet)
Sat 24th Sep
Padiham
Bacup Borough

0 - 1
Wed 28th Sep
Padiham
Padiham

2 - 3
Sat 1st Oct
1874 Northwich
Barnoldswick Town

1 - 2
Tue 4th Oct
Padiham
Barnton

1 - 6
Sat 8th Oct
Padiham
Padiham

1 - 1
Wed 12th Oct
AFC Darwen
Padiham

1 - 0
Sat 15th Oct
Runcorn Linnets
Padiham

1 - 0
Wed 19th Oct
Squires Gate
Guisborough Town

0 - 3
Sat 22nd Oct
Padiham
Padiham

6 - 3
Wed 2nd Nov
Abbey Hey
Padiham

4 - 2
Sat 5th Nov
Winsford United
Padiham

0 - 2
Sat 12th Nov
Bootle
West Didsbury and Chorlton

5 - 3
Wed 23rd Nov
Padiham
Padiham

4 - 0
Sat 26th Nov
Cammell Laird
Winsford United

2 - 5
Sat 3rd Dec
Padiham
Padiham

4 - 1
Sat 10th Dec
Maine Road
Padiham

2 - 1
Sat 17th Dec
Congleton Town
Padiham

1 - 3
Fri 30th Dec
Atherton Collieries
Padiham

3 - 2
Sat 7th Jan
Irlam
New Mills

- - v - -
Sat 14th Jan
3:00pm
postponed
Padiham
Padiham

2 - 2
Sat 21st Jan
Runcorn Town
AFC Liverpool

1 - 0
Sat 4th Feb
Padiham
Bootle

6 - 1
Sat 11th Feb
Padiham
Cammell Laird

0 - 0
Sat 18th Feb
Padiham
Padiham

- - v - -
Sat 25th Feb
3:00pm
postponed
West Didsbury and Chorlton
1874 Northwich

1 - 2
Sat 4th Mar
Padiham
AFC Darwen

- - v - -
Wed 8th Mar
7:45pm
postponed
Padiham
Congleton Town

2 - 2
Sat 11th Mar
Padiham
Padiham

- - v - -
Sat 18th Mar
3:00pm
postponed
AFC Liverpool
Ashton Athletic

3 - 1
Tue 21st Mar
Padiham
Padiham

1 - 3
Sat 25th Mar
1874 Northwich
Maine Road

2 - 0
Mon 27th Mar
Padiham
Padiham

4 - 2
Sat 1st Apr
New Mills
Padiham

3 - 1
Wed 5th Apr
West Didsbury and Chorlton
Hanley Town

0 - 3
Sat 8th Apr
Padiham
AFC Darwen

1 - 2
Wed 12th Apr
Padiham
Nelson

2 - 2
Mon 17th Apr
Padiham
Runcorn Town

2 - 0
Sat 22nd Apr
Padiham
Padiham

3 - 0
Mon 24th Apr
AFC Liverpool
New Mills

3 - 2
Wed 26th Apr
Padiham
Padiham

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Sat 29th Apr
3:00pm
Barnton



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Padiham Dominate Against a Weakened AFC Liverpool Side

  • STORKS RUE MISSED CHANCES ON MERSEYSIDE: Padiham got off to a poor start in a week that will see them play...

  • LACKLUSTRE PERFORMANCE EARNS A POINT AGAINST RELEGATED NELSON: With relegation looming for our hosts we...

  • LAST DITCH WINNER AT DARWEN IN BLUSTERY LOCAL DERBY: A last ditch winner for Padiham saw them take the spoils...

  • ANOTHER CONVINCING WIN FOR THE STORKS AGAINST DECENT OPPOSITION: The Padiham fans that made the long trip...

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Padiham Dominate Against a Weakened AFC Liverpool Side

Skin still glowing red from the weekend's glorious sunshine, Padiham took the field amidst icy snow flurries as they faced a below strength AFC Liverpool side in a hastily rearranged match. The Liverpool side had been caught in the M6 road closure a week ago, and had to cobble together a side for this rearrangement, and the difference in experience showed.

The visitors struggled to come to terms with a pacey and fired-up Padiham side who dominated proceedings from the off, scoring the opener in the first minute. The commanding Chris Turner in midfield picked out young Jake Townsend just inside the opposition half. His exuberance saw him make a snaking run through five Liverpool defenders before ignoring the obvious cross to well-marked Mark Coyne, instead pulling the ball deep to unmarked Patrick O'Brien who had the easy task of putting the ball in the net.

A carbon copy move just a minute later saw Townsend instead pick out Coyne whose right foot volley was well saved by the visiting keeper.

And so it continued as AFC Liverpool weathered wave after wave of Padiham attack, with O'Brien again going close after a curling Townsend cross got tangled up in his feet when through on the keeper, and Keiron Pickup elected to move the ball to his left after a precision Marc Young pass put him through - shooting with his right was probably the better option and Daniel Hughes managed to recover and clear for Liverpool.

Brandon Barski shot just wide of the post when he looked odds on to score, and Marc Young rattled the woodwork with a powerful header from an Alex Murphy corner.

The inspired Jake Townsend dispossessed Thomas Feeley in midfield but saw his powerful shot well saved by Charles Saunders, and Keiron Pickup found himself through on goal only to have the ball cruelly bobble up against his shin as he shaped to shoot.

It was Pickup again, just before half-time, who raced on to a fantastic diagonal ball by Brandon Barski, his chipped shot just clearing the goal when he looked odds-on to score.

In the first half Liverpool were limited to a bundled Connor Grainger shot on the stroke of half-time, which Mike Donlon raced to the far post to deal with, and a couple of earlier long-range efforts that sailed into the cricket ground.

The second half started brightly with the visitors rattling the woodwork and both Jake Townsend and Mark Coyne calling on the Liverpool keeper to make good saves.

Liverpool went nearest to scoring as Mike Donlon made a double save from Jackson Ellis before Jack Leamey fired the rebound over the bar from short range. Leamey pulled the trigger again from long range just a minute later, Mike Donlon fumbling his save to the feet of Frederick Champion, before managing to gather as the Liverpool sub composed himself to shoot.

Padiham extended their lead on 63 minutes with the first of a Mark Coyne brace. Chris Turner gathered the loose ball in the middle and swept a perfectly timed ball to Coyne, racing off the last defender, to bang a powerful shot into the top corner, the keeper's fingertips doing little but deflect the ball into the net.

As Padiham increasingly tested the high line of Liverpool, and the flag of the far-side linesman, it was only a matter of time before they bagged a third.

A Jake Townsend header from a looping Mark Coyne cross headed across the face of the goal, as did his shot-come-cross a couple of minutes later.

Coyne's second goal of the night closely resembled his first - a Chris Turner ball through the middle which he controlled, and then had to control again as the ball took a bobble. He reset himself to shoot and fired calmly inside the left post.

As the game settled into that End of Season feeling, Mark Coyne added the last touch of entertainment for the hardy fans braving the cold by attempting a comedy overhead kick for his hat-trick. No goal, but big smiles all round.

Padiham travel to New Mills on Wednesday before their final game of the season at home against Barnton on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

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Storks Rue Missed Chances on Merseyside

Padiham got off to a poor start in a week that will see them play four matches, going down 2-0 at high-flying Runcorn Town.

The first half was an entertaining affair, with Padiham creating the better chances, but failing to find the net.

As early as the 3rd minute Alex Murphy, returning to left-back for the Storks, sent a looping ball into the box which saw James Dean race past a static Jack Pickering to chip the on-rushing keeper. His lovely weighted volley bounced just millimeters outside the near upright.

It was Padiham again who created an excellent chance as Dean controlled an Ash Brierley long throw before feeding Man of the Match Paddy O'Brien who shot from a very tight angle just past the diving keeper, the ball again skidding just the wrong side of the post.

Runcorn Town's opening goal was a training ground gem, as Keiran Evans banged a long and very deep ball across the crowded penalty area to centre-half Carl Rodgers, lurking fifteen yards shy of the penalty area. Completely unmarked Rogers hit as sweet a volley as you will ever see, drilling the ball low through the crowd and inside the right post. 1-0 to Runcorn.

Padiham replied with an optimistic Ash Brierley shot bouncing off the top of the Runcorn crossbar, before excellent work by Pickup and O'Brien found Dean springing the offside trap only to fire straight at keeper Simon Thelwell.

An omen of things to come on 35 minutes saw Runcorn's top scorer Craig Cairns outpace Marc Young in the Stocks defence, with Brandon Barski tracking across only to clear weakly as far as striker Mark Reed. His shot rattled against the woodwork, the rebound follow-up being blocked by Young.

A brave double save by Storks keeper Mike Donlon denied Craig Cairns just before the break after a huge clearance by the Runcorn keeper had somehow found its way through to Cairns in the Padiham area.

Another lack of concentration by the ordinarily outstanding Brandon Barski early in the second half saw him play a hopelessly weak backpass to keeper Mike Donlon under no pressure at all. Craig Cairns latched onto the ball and one-on-one with the keeper looked to have nudged the ball too wide. Donlon dived to his right attempting to palm away but brought down Cairns who sent him the wrong way to score the resultant penalty. 2-0 to Runcorn.

Both Dean and Barski went close at the other end, and with fifteen minutes left substitute Jake Townsend tracked back to cleverly dispossess the defender, flicking right to Keiron Pickup whose cross to the far post narrowly evaded the outstretched boot of James Dean.

An awful ball inside by Alex Murphy was latched onto by Joseph Holt for Runcorn, who broke down the right on 70 minutes, threading a precision ball through the channel to Kevin Exell. His cross to the far post found sub Joseph Kearns whose shot was well saved by Mike Donlon.

Kearns looked like he'd scored late-on as he side-footed a Paul McManus ball through the left channel past the stranded Mike Donlon only to see Alex Murphy atone for her earlier mistake by clearing off the line.

The game finished a disappointing 2-0 to Runcorn, and yet again underlined the fact that the Hallmark Securities League comprises five top-quality teams followed by 'The Rest'. Right now Padiham are proving to be the best of 'The Rest', but will need to really up their game to challenge for those top spots next season.

This week sees the Storks at home on Monday (8pm kick-off) against AFC Liverpool, away at New Mills on Wednesday, and then at home again on Saturday when they take on Barnton in their final game of the campaign.

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Lacklustre Performance Earns a Point Against Relegated Nelson

With relegation looming for our hosts we travelled the short distance to our neighbours Nelson FC on Easter Bank Holiday Monday.

Nelson who have been in the lower reaches of the division for some time now have still pulled off some interesting results and with the extra threat of relegation, with anything less than a win, this was always going to give them the extra motivation for a young side desperate to survive the drop.

The Storks pressed well in the opening few minutes with several surging runs forward by Dean and Pickup but, as to what would be Padiham's issue all afternoon, the final ball lacked quality.

On 4 minutes Nelson took the early lead following what should have been a relatively clean save for keeper Donlon, was fumbled and eventually caught, but signalled over the line.
Shortly after Padiham did rally with some good passing play and several half chances.

Still the home side defended well and on 22 minutes, with probably the Storks best chance, saw Barski loop in a fantastic ball from the right which forced the Nelson keeper, Jordan Harding, to tip the ball over the bar. The resulting corner from Turner again found Barski who, this time, headed wide.

With the pressure mounting Padiham, on 27 minutes, played the ball out from skipper Marc Young and with Dean out wide on the right the ball was taken forward by Wilkes who passed a great through ball out to James Dean. With a delightful strike the ball whipped across the front of goal an into the Nelson net. GOAL 1-1. Game on.

Just before half time Barski sent Coyne running onto a fine ball but unfortunately, he couldn't find enough power for the shot. Padiham finished the half on the attack with Dean with the final shot of the half but skied over the bar. Would the Storks regret so many missed chances?

Within the opening minutes of the second half Padiham continued to press for the lead and on 49 minutes were awarded a penalty after Dean was brought down by keeper Harding. Up stepped Marc Young and with a low, powerful strike to the keeper's right the Storks took the lead. 1-2.

Both sides then entered a period of sloppy play - passes not reaching their targets, lots of high balls and no real chances for either side.

On 60 minutes Padiham gifted Nelson with their first real attack on goal with a defensive mix up allowing Max Cane a clear shot on target just going wide of the post. Padiham, with a good ball from Conor Docherty found Mark Coyne who turned with the ball and forced a great save by the Nelson keeper. Still 1-2 and whilst Padiham had chances to extend the lead the home side were gradually pressing back into the game.

Padiham made the first substitution with O'Brien replacing Pickup and just 2 minutes later the home side found the equaliser. Sloppy passing by Padiham but good work from the impressive Cane found Nelson substitute Tom Keelings who fired home a superb volley. 2-2.

Padiham made a further substitution on 82 minutes with Townsend replacing Wilkes.

Nelson were now pressing for the breakthrough with good shots on target from Keelings and Hunter but equally impressive defending from Docherty, Young and Barski keeping the scores level.

The Storks performance was lacklustre in parts and with plenty of chances to put the game to bed the boys will be looking to Wednesday night at home versus AFC Liverpool to return to winning ways.

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Last Ditch Winner at Darwen in Blustery Local Derby

A last ditch winner for Padiham saw them take the spoils at relegation threatened AFC Darwen in a blustery affair on Wednesday night.

The icy wind played a large part in an untidy match, but Padiham, playing with the wind in the first half, appeared to better get the measure of its impact on the game.

And it was Padiham who created the first chance of the match, as Chris Turner played a looping cross from very deep, finding Keiron Pickup on the edge of the box. His flicked header expertly picked out Dom Craig who fired a wickedly powerful, dipping shot goalwards only to see Ben Proctor get his fingertips to the ball, pushing it over the bar.

Keiron Pickup fluffed a simple finish after a lovely cushioned header from James Dean picked out an unmarked Paddy O'Brien just inside the area. One-on-one with the keeper, O'Brien unselfishly squared to Pickup who stumbled and failed to get the ball out from under his feet, allowing Darwen to battle back and clear the trouble.

The match was 25 minutes old before Darwen managed to create a chance, with Mike Donlon called on to make a great, full stretch save from Bobby Langford who'd made a surging run through the left channel to fire just inside the near post.

On the half hour mark Padiham's James Dean saw his penalty saved. Paddy O'Brien had made a jinking run down the left wing, beating two players before cutting back inside to cross. He scuffed the final ball, which looked an easy collect for Proctor at the near post, but Kieron Pickup skipped round the goalkeeper to win posession, only to see his right foot caught by the stranded keeper. Up stepped James Dean, firing the penalty low to the left, but without the power to get past the Darwen keeper. Honours even at the break.

The second half opened brightly for Darwen with good link-up play on the edge of the box seeing ex Padiham player Jordan Scott fire just wide, and Martin Parkes headed a Paddy O'Brien corner against the bar with the Darwen keeper palming O'Brien's follow-up shot around the post.

It was Darwen who took the lead after a mix-up at the back for Padiham saw Conor Docherty scythe down Bobby Langford for a free-kick on the edge of the area. Alex Ralph whipped in a great ball which saw Mohammed Nabeel rise unmarked and head home from close range.

The influential Brandon Barski, who seemed to be at the centre of most of Padiham's chances, scored the equaliser just five minutes later as Chris Turner's free-kick was chested into the path of Barski by sub Mark Coyne. Barski settled himself and side-footed neatly home. 1-1.

Chances came and went for either side as the game heated up, with Pickup calling on Proctor to make an excellent save, and Padiham's Mike Donlon making the save of the match to deny Langford's powerful near post header. Padiham's Dom Craig was denied what looked like a stonewall penalty appeal as he raced into the box, and was booked into the bargain!

It was with the very last kick of the match that Padiham stole the points however, as Brandon Barski looped in a long, curving cross from the left, Mark Coyne again chesting the ball back, this time to Keiron Pickup who hammered the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the box.

Final score AFC Darwen 1 - 2 Padiham.

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Another Convincing Win for the Storks Against Decent Opposition

The Padiham fans that made the long trip down to Hanley Town were rewarded with a convincing win and the added entertainment of the driver attempting to get his 12ft club coach under a 10ft railway bridge on the way to the game!

On paper this tie looked to be evenly matched, but with the way the Storks adapted so well to the dry and lively pitch, the 3-0 scoreline could have easily been a lot more.

Hanley's only clear-cut chance of the first half saw a bobbling ball into the box evade Brandon Barski in central defence early-on, giving the striker Daniel Cope an opportunity one-on-one with the Padiham keeper. He could have done better with his snatched half-volley, and Padiham's Mike Donlon in goal had no trouble palming the ball away with his right hand.

Barski was almost immediately involved at the other end as his ball out to James Dean on the left of the area was well controlled despite pressure from Charlie Goldstraw for Hanley. Dean cut back inside, turned and whipped in a wicked, curving shot with his right, the ball whistling just over the bar.

Padiham's deserved opener came from a crazy 40-yard shot by the battling midfielder Patrick O'Brien after the ball had broken from a Chris Turner corner. O'Brien's daisy-cutter skidded through the crowded area and left Hanley's unsighted keeper no chance.

A clever one-two on the edge of Padiham's box saw Oliver Edwards in decent space on the right, but the pitch kicked the ball up as he shaped to hit it, and his wild shot flew out far-side for a throw-in!

32 minutes saw the Storks extend their lead with just one of a hatful of excellent corners that troubled Hanley all afternoon. Martin Parkes pounced on a lowish corner at the near post, but the ball bobbled away to O'Brien on the corner of the area. His perfect, looping far-post cross picked out James Dean rising above the melee to head back across the keeper into the goal. 2-0 Padiham.

The first real controversy in a match riddled with crunching tackles came on 35 minutes as James Dean latched onto a swift forward pass, timing his run perfectly before knocking the ball around keeper Dane Jackson. As Dean raced on, certain to score, Jackson threw his arm around Dean's throat, hauling him to the ground from behind. Neither linesman nor referee (who were both very well placed) gave what looked to the supporters to be a stone-wall penalty.

Kieron Pickup sprung the offside trap with a forward ball from Brandon Barski, sweeping the ball across to James Dean on the left of the area. His volleyed shot slid just wide of the far post, with Dom Craig's left toe just millimeters from redireting it into the net.

Dean again went close on the stroke of half time as Keiron Pickup unselfishly played a square ball when through one-on-one with the keeper. Dean's easy task of side-footing home was scuppered by a cruel bobble of the ball as he hit it, the gentle, shinned shot allowing the Hanley centre-half to recover and clear off the line.

Hanley's Theo Stair saw his penalty saved early in the second-half. Brandon Barski was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area after a short range shot was charged down in the box.

Padiham upped the pressure as Hanley attempted to break out and reduce the deficit, with Jackon in the Hanley net palming over a Keiron Pickup shot, and Marc Young heading the resulting corner against the right upright.

Another major talking point, and the start of a string of crunching challenges, came on 65 minutes as Theo Stair appeared to elbow Padiham keeper Mike Donlon in the jaw. Handbags were waved, seeing Donlon and Stair enter the book, but it could so easily have been a red card for the Hanley striker.

On 75 minutes James Dean's beast of a half-volley from the edge of the box only found the keeper, before Keiron Pickup finally added Padiham's well-deserved third on 72 minutes:

The influential and hard working Dom Craig had raced down the left channel, the pitch intervening as he attempted a left-foot cross, allowing Jamie Skellern to recover and block. James Dean latched onto the loose ball at a tight angle and looped a lovely cross to an unmarked Keiron Pickup. His waist-height volley was hit as sweet as they come, rocketing off the left upright into the net. 3-0 to Padiham.

Mike Donlon made an excellent save from Angelo Errico with just a couple of minutes left, and was called on again just before the final whistle as Daniel Cope attempted an overhead kick, firing the ball straight at the well positioned keeper.

All in all this was a fantastic performance against a highly thought of opposition in the shape of Hanley Town, and bodes well ahead of two trips to struggling local rivals, in the shape of AFC Darwen on Wednesday night and then Nelson on Easter Monday.