Kiko Rodriguez has scored a lot of goals in his time but few can equal the stunning strike that gave Miners a record number of Hospital Cup victories.

The big striker's sweet-as-you-like volley finally killed off Padiham hopes -- and guided Miners to their sixth win in the oldest amateur cup competition in the world.

They now go clear of Burnley FC who won the cup five times, including the inaugural competition back in 1884.

So it was fitting that a player once on the Turf Moor books should help clinch the record in such style.

Rodriquez second goal of the night was sublime as his first of the evening was clumsy.

But they both served to dampen a spirited fight from a Padiham team not just there to make up the numbers.

Rodriquez opened the scoring on 28 minutes when he bundled the ball home from close range following an incisive break and cross from Dean Stone.

Stone then played his part in Miners second 10 minutes later, heading Darren Whittaker's fine cross back in to the path of Scott Gizon to side foot home.

Then came the Rodriguez rocket.

Whittaker again provided the ammunition with a drilled cross that Rodriguez shaped up then volleyed home from just inside the area. It was a goal good enough to win any cup final but a shame for Padiham.

For they started brightly with Robbie Smith the centre of attention. Smith forced James Dacey to tip over before his pass found Anthony Bolton whose cross saw Craig Whittaker deflect over his own bar. Bolton then volleyed Damian Ingham's deep corner straight at the keeper.

Miners pushed forward looking for an opening but Craig Williamson's defensive qualities kept them at bay -- until Stone broke clear to cross for Rodriguez to poke home at the third attempt. Ingham tested Dacey with a low drive just before the break but by then Miners were 3-0 up and the contest was over.

The second half saw little in the shape of clear cut chances with Rodriguez denied a hat-trick by the outstretched arm of Harris.

And the keeper also foiled Carl Howarth after a great move by involving Rodriquez, Darren Forrest and Jason Heffernan down the left flank.

In the closing stages Stone missed the chance to round off a fine display when he mis-hit from six yards after Forrest had teed him up.

But while Padiham pushed and probed there were no more goals to come -- so it was fitting that this final will be remembered for Kiko's cracker.


Miners FC...3 Padiham Reserves...0


James Dacey (keeper) Little to do but was save when he did it...6

Darren Whittaker (right back) Two great crosses to set up two goals...7

Jason Heffernan (left back) Tigerish in the tackle. Got forward well in second half...7

Craig Whittaker (centre back) Given a bit of an early runaround but looked pretty assured there after...7

Paul Keenan (centre back) Never in trouble. Solid and dependable...8

Leon Barnett (right midfield) Always a willing runner out wide and linked up well with front men...6

Carl Howarth (left midfield) Drifted across the pitch and hard to pick up. Played well...7

Scott Gizon (centre midfield) Another powerful display and another goal to add to the four in last year's final...7

Darren Forrest (centre midfield) Not the box-to-box player like Gizon but played his part...6

HKiko Rodriguez (striker) One poacher's goal and one real pearler. Not many can hit a ball like that. Star man if only for that goal!...8

Dean Stone (striker) Played his part in two goals and did all Kiko's running! Great game...7


Craig Bradshaw (midfield) Blew late chance to grab a bit of glory...6

Matt Brindle (midfield) Little chance to shine but got on the Turf...6

Daniel Whittaker (striker) Given a late run out...6


Bobby Harris (keeper) Little chance with the goals but made some fine saves...6

Lee Corns (centre back) Solid and dependable and did little wrong...6

HCraig Williamson (centre back) Ground play was superb and tackles timed to perfection....8

Andrew Kelly (centre back) Good old fashioned defending. Committed from first to last...7

Mark Derbyshire (right wing back) Always looking to push forward and good attacking outlet...6

Anthony Bolton (left wing back) Up and down throughout the first half. Great engine and always looking to get involved...7

Robbie Smith (centre midfield) Best player on the park in first 10 minutes but faded out of sight...6

Damian Ingham (centre midfield) Decent game but not as inventive as hairstyle!...7

Robbie Sinclair (centre midfield) Showed some good touches but struggled to get his foot on the ball...6

Martyn Thompson (striker) Inventive and always looked capable of doing something but never quite managed it...6

Robert Johnson (striker) More direct than Thompson. What you see is what you get...6


Leon O'Neill (striker) Added pace up front but rarely got the chance to show it...6

Craig Holden (defence) Alright when he came on...6