Padiham F.C 9 St. Martins F.C 1
St. Martins undertook the long journey to North West Counties League, Premier Division Club Paddinlton, anticipating a challenging game in the Macron Cup first round but following their recent improved form but without a win, were justifiably optimistic. Sadly the reality was very different as they experienced a humiliating 9 – 1 defeat.
Although Saints conceded two goals via Chris Lynch in the 24th and Dom Craig in the 28th minutes they created equal chances but were denied by excellent goalkeeping from Padiham keeper, Tom Scott. The Saints scored, what was the ‘goal of the match’ in the 28th minute, when William Wells headed home Harrison Millington’s deep and accurate cross, completing an excellent swift move to place the Saints justifiable back in the game.
This optimism was short-lived however when Dom Craig scored his 2nd and Padiham’s third goal in the 45th minute to regain his team’s two goal lead on the stroke of half-time.
A goal scored for Padiham by Luke Noble on the 46th minute, proved to be devastating for the Saints haven conceded a goal at the conclusion of the first half they conceded a goal at the immediate start to the second half. This goal was the first of a subsequent four goals scored by Luke Noble. At half-time the Saints had swapped goalkeeper George Austin for Jack Perry and following this, Centre Back, James Durman, limped of injured. Although the Saints maintained their endeavour creating chances they completely lost their defensive system and were cruelly punished by a more physically robust opposition. Padiham revelled in their superiority and following Noble’s goal scored in the 46th minute, a regular flow of goals were fired home by Harry Pratt (50th) Luke Noble (57th) and (75th) Sam Harding (87th) and finally Luke Noble who completed the rout scoring his 4th and Padiham’s 9thgoal in the (90) minute, which was practically the last kick of the match.