Downpour thwarts Padiham FC’s chances

Steve Wilkes.
Steve Wilkes.

THE fact that Padiham are just a solitary point from the NWC Premier Division summit is testament to the job manager Steve Wilkes and his players are doing at the club.

The Storks went in to Wednesday night’s fixture against Bacup Borough knowing victory would see them leapfrog five teams to top the pile.

However, a torrential downpour thwarted that opportunity as the Brian Boys West View Stadium sank under water.

“If we’d have won on Wednesday night we would’ve gone top of the league, which would’ve been nice,” said Wilkes.

But there was nothing that could’ve been done once it started raining.

“I think it would’ve been called off at most grounds.

“I spoke to Brent (Peters) early in the afternoon and he said it was fine.

“But then the heavens opened and he rang back to say it wasn’t looking good.”

In a bid to keep the Storks flying, Wilkes went to do his homework on tomorrow’s opponents AFC Liverpool as they lost 2-1 midweek away at Runcorn Linnets.

The Valerie Park side sit 17th in the league with 13 points, but Wilkes is adamant that the Merseysiders are in a false position.

“It’s going to be a tough game but at the moment it’s going really well for us,” he said.

“I went to watch them midweek away at Runcorn Linnets and they’ve got two decent forwards so we will have to work on a few things to nullify their attacking threat.

“They were winning for the best part of an hour and you wouldn’t have thought they were a team down there.

“They played some good football and I thought they were better than some of the teams higher up in the table that we’ve come up against this season.

“We certainly won’t be taking the game lightly but the lads are looking forward to games coming round now.”

But Wilkes is confident ahead of the fixture after witnessing his side’s progression this term.

The Storks have embarked on a seven game unbeaten run, kept eight clean sheets in all competitions, and sit third in the form table.

“If we’d have won 8-0 against Daisy Hill at the weekend it wouldn’t have been flattering with all the chances we created,” insisted Wilkes.

“But we are creating chances and that’s very important.

“If you’d have told me at the start of the season that we would only have lost one game going into November I would’ve probably laughed at you.

“We are in a great position and we’re determined to keep that going.”