Captains are ready for big games!

Padiham captain Callum Clarke
Padiham captain Callum Clarke

After thrashing rivals Padiham in the derby, Read captain Kyle O’Connor is now fully focussed on the task in hand.

O’Connor’s excellent 144-run partnership with Joe Marshall for the opening wicket set up a comprehensive victory at the Arbories, and that’ll no doubt inspire the Whalley Road ranks as thoughts switch to the weekend double-header.

Read begin with a trip to Victory Park to tackle Barnoldswick on Saturday before hosting Settle on home soil just 24 hours later.

“A derby win gives you that confidence and momentum,” said O’Connor. “We’ve got two massive games coming up now - against Barnoldswick and Settle which are both Section A games. We need to win them if we want to compete.

“We need to keep the pressure on but we also need to remain focussed, concentrate on what we do, but avoid complacency. We can’t worry about leaders Clitheroe too much at the moment.”

Meanwhile, Padiham skipper Callum Clarke insists the league tables won’t bear true representation until the midway point.

Padiham are currently sixth in Section B with 18 points but have played Clitheroe, Read, Oswaldtwistle Immanuel and Settle from the top tier.

Ahead of trips to Euxton and Great Harwood at the weekend, Clarke said: “It’s hard to evaluate at the moment because we’re only five games in. We’ve only played two teams from Section B so far.

“The league table is a bit false at the moment because we’ve played Clitheroe, Read, Settle and Oswaldtwistle Immanuel from the top tier. You won’t get a true reflection until midway through the season.

“We’ve got Euxton from our division tomorrow and then Great Harwood. We are aiming for two wins.”