THE wintry weather may have delayed Padiham’s charge for silverware, but the Storks remain perfectly poised for an unprecedented treble.
Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with Bootle suffered the same fate as fixtures against Bacup Borough and Colne that had preceded it, but it is hoped that the club’s rescheduled Lancashire Co-Operative FA Trophy semi-final with Brent Peters’ side will go ahead on Wednesday.
The Storks go in to the tie at Leyland’s County Ground, kick-off 7-45 p.m., on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run, and Arbories boss Steve Wilkes is eager to keep that momentum going in order to book a place in the final of the competition to be held at the Reebok Stadium.
“The weather isn’t good for us,” he said.
“It’s been somewhat of an anti-climax for us.
“It was supposed to be the biggest week of the season with a local derby against Colne, a cup semi-final against Bacup and a big league game against Bootle.
“It could’ve been a great week for the club but unfortunately it hasn’t panned out that way.
“It’s a shame because we’ve only played once in January. It’s happened to everyone else so we’re not on our own but we’re desperate to play football.”
He added: “We’ve got a massive game to look forward to tomorrow.
“If it does go ahead then it will be a great occasion. We’ve needed games to keep this run and our momentum going.
“We had embarked on a six-game winning streak before drawing with Stockport Sports so we wanted to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to do that.”
Padiham, who sit second in the Premier Division hierarchy, are still well on course for achieving promotion, just five points behind Maine Road with three games in hand. The club is also involved in the League Challenge Cup where they face AFC Blackpool in the third round on Saturday, February 16th at the Arbories.