Atherton Collieries continued their fine run of pre-season form with a comfortable and resounding victory over Padiham, notching seven goals en route to a third consecutive victory. The warning signs where there from the off, as Trialist #7 was played through on goal but was denied at point-blanc range by the Storks stopper.
The scoring was opened moments later. Jack Evans, who impressed going forward as an attacking wing-back throughout the game, was fouled on the corner of the penalty area. Jordan Scanlon converted with a top corner finish, celebrating his signing on for the Stripes in style.
The lead was extended in the blink of an eye, with a low ball played through for Trialist #9 to convert, which he followed up with his second goal just minutes later, powering a Nathan Caine cross into the roof of the net.
Jack Evans joined in on the action once more on the brink of half-time, breaking into the box once more and providing the assist for #9's hattrick.
Padiham pulled back near instantly, with a cross into the box taking an unfortunate glance off the boot of Adam Rooney to deceive Nico Defreitas-Hansen.
The Collieries momentum was carried through into the second half, with Nathan Caine gaining & subsequently converting a second penalty for the Collieries fifth after fifty minutes.
The game finally began to reach a plateau upon the hour mark, as both managers experimented with the depths of their squads with a raft of substitutions.
However it was Collieries substitute Jesse Ebosele who proved decisive, rounding the keeper to score in the 77th minute and following up with a second goal at the end of the game, converting a Trialist cross to score the Collieries seventh. Next up, Bolton Wanderers are the visitors to the Skuna Stadium for a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday. Your support as always is much appreciated by us all, and supporters are invited to watch both Leigh vs St Helens and Salford vs Bolton with us all in the clubhouse after the game.The Colls: Nico Defreitas-Hansen, Jack Evans, Josh Askew, Sidi Fofana Sanogo, Adam Rooney, Jordan Boon, Trialist #7, Trialist #8, Trialist #9, Jordan Scanlon, Nathan Caine - Substitutes (All Used): Jordan Fagbola, Harvey Gregson, Jesse Ebosele, Trialists #13, #17 and #18