Storks hoping to beat big freeze

Craig Chadwick
Craig Chadwick

Padiham boss Craig Chadwick is keen to bounce back from two straight defeats, weather-permitting, tomorrow.

The Storks followed up a disappointing home defeat to Ashton Athletic with the frustration of being on the wrong side of a five-goal thriller against Squires Gate last Tuesday.

Chadwick believed his side were unfortunate not to come away with at least a point from their trip to School Road, but was able to admit that the Storks were second best on the night: “To be honest we didn’t start well. After 30 minutes they could have been out of sight,” said Chadwick: “But we were unlucky not to be level just before half-time and we maybe could have gone in front, but after the break they really took the game to us.”

This was another setback in Padiham’s quest for a top 10 finish and simultaneously brought their total number of defeats this season to 13.

Chadwick was understandably less than thrilled with the outcome: “They are below us in the table so it wasn’t the best result. I’m disappointed, I feel we could have got something from the game.”

With many teams being unable to play regular matches this winter, the Storks boss remains eager to keep his players fit and ready for action, but sees the constant cancellations as one of the key reasons why his team are struggling to find a good run of form: “We’re still training once a week, just to keep the players ticking over.

“This time of year is very stop start, so we can be a bit inconsistent.”

With no league fixtures being played last weekend due to the big freeze, Padiham were unable to improve their fortunes against Stone Dominoes.

Cancellations are nothing new in the North West Counties League, though Chadwick and his players will no doubt be relieved to see the back of this winter: “It’s getting quite frustrating having so many games called off.”

“We have been luckier than some though.

“We’ve been able to play a few games over the winter months.”

Tomorrow sees Padiham travel to Maine Road, a team who sit just one place below the Storks in the table.

However, Chadwick remains in the dark as to whether the game will be given the go ahead or not: “We haven’t heard from them (Maine Road) yet, and we probably won’t until tonight

“With the weather like it is though, it’s looking doubtful.

“We’ve no midweek matches coming up, so all we can do is wait.”

The Storks Premier Division rivals are currently experiencing a bad run of form, having not tasted victory in over a month and, should the game be played, Chadwick has sighted this as the perfect time to return to winning ways: “Again, they’re another team who are below us in the table, so we’re hopeful of getting a result.”