Padiham boss wins manager accolade

Craig Chadwick
Craig Chadwick

STORKS boss Craig Chadwick has been bestowed with the Vodkat North West Counties Premier Division manager of the month accolade for January.

The young, charismatic Padiham manager guided his Arbories outfit to a 3-0 win away at local rivals Colne in their opening game of 2011 and went on to beat league leaders New Mills 3-1, Rossendale United 2-0 as well as earning a 1-1 draw at Congleton Town. That feat consequently earned the Storks 10 points from a possible 12 which has seen the club climb to eighth in the division.

Off the pitch Padiham FC and Padiham Sports Club are also celebrating being awarded a grant of £2,000 from Burnley Borough Council’s Connecting Communities Fund for the work both clubs undertake in the town.

Secretary of both clubs Alan Smith said: “The money from the Connecting Communities Fund has come just at the right time for the two sporting organisations who were facing a tough time financially after increased insurance premiums and water surface charges for the Arbories Memorial Sports Ground in Padiham had threatened the clubs very existence.”

He added: “I would like to thank Connecting Communities officer Tracy Noon and Coun. Jeff Sumner for their help as well in understanding the situation the two clubs had found themselves in.”

Padiham Football Club face a tough away fixture at Flixton FC tomorrow who have the league’s leading goal scorer Astley Mulholland among their ranks.

They have also seen a turn around in their results since earlier in the season when Padiham were 5-3 victors in a thriller at the Arbories.

The Storks will be without defender John Blackley for the trip due to a suspension.

Padiham Reserves, who currently top the Vodkat North West Counties Reserve Division, take on rivals AFC Darwen Reserves at the Arbories tomorrow with kick-off at 3 p.m.

They too will have to cope with the absence of Luke Thompson and Callum Little who are both serving suspensions.