PADIHAM boss Craig Chadwick has hailed his Storks after the belief and spirit shown in rediscovering that winning formula.
A 3-0 success at Springbank Park against Stone Dominoes arrested a confidence-draining losing streak which had spanned three outings.
And Chadwick was in buoyant mood with the character of his players.
“We were absolutely superb; it was one of the best performances I’ve seen for a long time,” he said.
“It wouldn’t have been an injustice if we’d have won 10-0, and that’s not an exaggeration. We created a bagful of golden opportunities but when we went in at 0-0 I was thinking ‘here we go again’.
“But the lads kept their discipline after the interval and retained their shape and commitment.
“I thought we were halfway there against Runcorn Town, even though we lost the game 4-2, but this time we remained in control from start to finish. The lads have set the standard now.”
Chadwick added: “It just seemed like the confidence had oozed back in to the side.
“It was a decent playing surface that suited us so we could play to our strengths.
“We made the right decisions at the right times and you could tell the lads wanted it. We knew we needed to win to boost our confidence and three goals helped us out in that department as well.”
The victory arrived at the perfect moment as Padiham face a tough test against fifth place Glossop North End at the Arbories tomorrow. The Storks dominated the stalemate at Surrey Street earlier in the season, but a 19-point gulf between the two aptly highlights the inconsistency of Chadwick’s side. However, with re-scheduled fixtures with St Helens Town, AFC Liverpool and Maine Road to follow, Chadwick is confident of a prosperous month.
“Glossop North End are a good footballing side so it’s a great result to pick up and take in to that fixture,” Chadwick said.
“We went there and drew 0-0 earlier in the season and we played them off the park.
“But looking at the table, seeing where we both are now, you can see that inconsistency has cost us.
“It’s time for us to push on. We are capable of picking up a good amount of points this month with the games coming up.”
Prolific hitman Sam Heap continued his purple match scoring either side of Damien Morrison’s strike at the weekend, making it six goals in five games.
And the Storks boss has been thrilled with his contribution since signing.
“He should’ve scored 10 in six games after the chances he missed,” joked Chadwick.
“He’s done very well for us though; I’ll settle for two goals a week. He offers plenty; he talks a lot, chases lost causes and keeps hold of the ball.
“He uses his height well and offers us a different dimension. He’s full of confidence, he believes in himself and he knows that we believe in him. He keeps finding the back of the net more importantly so long may that continue.”
And Chadwick was the beneficiary of further good news after goalkeeper Sean Davis (pictured) came through 90 minutes as the reserves beat Ashton Town 4-1. The Storks stopper has endured a lengthy lay off since dislocating his shoulder almost four months ago.
“It’s great to see him back because he’s been really frustrated with the amount of time he’s been absent.
“With there only being 11 games remaining we don’t want to rush him back and risk further injury.
“We’ll have to play it by here but Josh Boothman has been doing really well and is full of confidence now. He looked nervous in his earlier games but he’s been brilliant since.”