STORKS boss Craig Chadwick has blamed inconsistency for Padiham’s stuttering season.
Results have been distributed quite evenly across the board in terms of wins, draws and losses which is the contributing factor to Padiham’s 16th place standing in the NWC Premier Division table.
Chadwick’s side, who have won back-to-back league games just once this campaign, have beaten both Ramsbottom United and Winsford United at the Riverside Ground and the Barton Stadium respectively, yet failed to repeat that feat at the Arbories.
The Storks have also drawn 1-1 with weekend opponents Alsager Town and lowly Stone Dominoes on home soil to further exaggerate their inconsistent form.
“The inconsistency in results has held us back a bit,” said Chadwick. “That’s been the most disappointing thing about our season so far.
“We’ve won away at Winsford United and Ramsbottom but then been beaten by them both at home.
“We’ve lost and drawn games that we should have taken three points from as well.
“We’ve been winning some games that we perhaps haven’t deserved to but it’s happened the other way around as well.
“Generally the performances haven’t been too bad but we need to start taking our chances.”
But Chadwick’s side may have turned a corner. Despite suffering an LFA Challenge Trophy defeat to Kendall Town and an FA Vase loss to Askern Villa, both at the Arbories, the Storks have now gone three games unbeaten in the league ahead of tomorrow’s clash at the Town Ground.
“We haven’t lost in three games, picking up seven points in that sequence, and that’s the kind of consistency that we’re looking for,” said Chadwick.
“We know that we’re capable of turning more sides over in this league but we just haven’t done it often enough.
“We should’ve beat Alsager at home earlier in the season.
“We battered them but we missed a hat full of chances and draw 1-1. They are quite a tall side but we cope quite well with that.”
Games against Squires Gate and St Helens have both been postponed in recent weeks.
Chadwick is adamant that the players have kept themselves in peak physical condition, however, he doesn’t want the enforced winter break to stretch for too long as Padiham look to climb the table sooner rather than later.
“It’s disappointing that our last two games have been called off,” he said.
“We’ve kept the players ticking over in training and a lot of the lads get themselves to the gym so fitness isn’t a problem really. We could do with tomorrow’s game being on. You don’t want to much of a break from match action.”
Chadwick added: “We’ve taken seven points from our last three games so we need to keep that run going. The league is wide open and a couple of wins could see you shoot up the table. We just need to find that consistency.”