Padiham ready for FA Vase test

Craig Chadwick
Craig Chadwick

DESPITE snatching victory from the jaws of defeat with two late goals against Maine Road on Saturday, Padiham boss Craig Chadwick was far from happy.

The Storks were trailing 1-0 at the Arbories with two minutes remaining, only for Lee Morris to score twice at the death to claim the three points.

Morris ran through the visiting defence and nipped in to level the scores, before, a minute later, his free kick cannoned into the net off the inside of the post.

Coming into the game after a break, the Storks were looking to kick on after claiming seven points from their five previous encounters, and although ultimately victorious, Chadwick said: “Although we won, it was a poor performance really.

“We’ve played much better than that before and lost - we just never got going.

“It was a smash and grab performance and if I was in charge of Maine Road I would be absolutley gutted.

“They missed some great chances and should have been two or three goals clear because they played the better football.”

The win takes the Storks up to 11th in the table, although Chadwick believes they are a better team than the table suggests: “We’re not happy with where we are in the table really,

“I’m disappointed. With us playing a lot more games than other teams we should be a lot higher in the table. We’ve been playing good football, so it’s a shame to be where we are, but it is something which we can build on and aim for a really positive finish.”

On Saturday Padiham travel to the Whitebank Stadium to take on First Division outfit Oldham Borough in the FA Vase First Round, a game which Chadwick knows will not be an easy ride. “It will be a difficult game,” he said.

“They are sixth in their league and I know they are a good side.”

Oldham go into game on the back of a five-game unbeaten run and will be relishing the challenge of playing a Premier Division team.

“They stop you from playing football and really get after you.

“They’ll be looking at the game as a good scalp for them, but hopefully we can take our best game there and bring a victory back home.”