Padiham part company with Craig Chadwick

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PADIHAM have parted company with manager Craig Chadwick after a difference of opinion on the direction the team was taking on the pitch.

Chadwick has been in charge for two years, leading the side to fourth place in the North West Counties League Premier Division last term, before finishing 16th this term.

Club secretary Alan Smith said “There was no big bust up, it is just one of those things that happens in football and every one connected with the Storks appreciates the time and work put in by Craig during his time as manager, and before that as a player.”

Applications for the post of Padiham manager should be sent, along with a current CV to Smith, with further details available by contacting 07775717698.

• PADIHAM’s decision to field a young side sprinkled with experience against East Lancashire League Second Division champions and Bob Little Cup winners Rock Rovers in the NHS Bird Cup Final paid dividends.

This long-awaited cup final, played at Colne’s XLCR Stadium on Saturday, saw the Storks run out worthy winners.

A goal up on 12 minutes when Josh Cliff tucked away a loose ball following a Nathan Egan corner, Padiham failed to add to their lead in the first half, despite creating a number of openings that their forward line neglected to take.

It was a similar story at the start of the second half until just short of the hour mark when Daniel Stubberfield turned in a Joel Melia left wing cross from inside Rovers’ six-yard box.

Ben Hoskin added a third for the Storks on 81 minutes, and further goals from Zack Dale and Gary Hill in the final five minutes of the game ensured Padiham got their name on the Bird Cup for the first time.

Padiham’s 17 year old wide player Joel Melia was nominated man of the match by the organisers of the competition to round off an excellent season for the teenager, who picked up Padiham’s Young Player of the Year award the night before at the Storks’ annual presentation evening.

The awards night, held in front of a packed clubhouse, also saw first team captain Martin Parkes pick up the First Team Players’ Player of the Year trophy, as well as the Supporters’ Player of the Year trophy.

Midfielder Martin Broderick was Craig Chadwick’s Manager’s Player of the Year.

Reserve Team Players’ Player of the Year was Danny Fagan, and Manager’s Player of the Year went to Andrew Hargreaves.

Jack Houlker was another double award winner, picking up the Youth Team Players’ Player of the Year trophy and Padiham A Team Players’ Player of the Year Award.

Luke Pickles was the club’s A Team Manager’s Player of the Year, and Andy Hill the Youth Team Manager’s Player of the Year.

John McGregor was voted Club Person of the Season, Physio Claire Jopson picked up the Tommy Helm Memorial Cup, and Marc Beckett won the Albert Coward Memorial Shield for guiding the Storks Youth Team to the East Lancashire Alliance Under 18 Youth League Championship.

As mentioned, Young Player of the Year was Melia, who began as a touth team player, progressed into the A team, reserve team and at the end of the season made his first team debut at the age of 17.

FINAL SCORE: Padiham 5, Rock Rovers 0

• PADIHAM FC Ladies are looking for a player/coach or coach, preferably Level 1 or higher. The team play in the North West Womens Regional League. For further details, contact manager Gary Mills on 07753762880.