Storks look to push on

PADIHAM FC: Manager Craig Chadwick.'Photo Ben Parsons
PADIHAM FC: Manager Craig Chadwick.'Photo Ben Parsons

PADIHAM manager Craig Chadwick wants more consistency as he looks to steer his side up the North West Counties Premier Division.

The Storks have taken seven points from a possible nine in recent weeks, including a 0-0 away draw with Runcorn Linnets on Saturday, and Chadwick (pictured) is optimistic they can continue their unbeaten run up until Christmas.

“We’ve not shown enough consistency this season but hopefully that is beginning to happen now,” he said.

“Seven points from our last three league games is a decent run of form and we’re looking to continue that now right up until Christmas.

“We’ve got St Helen’s Town at home tomorrow which we feel we should be winning and then we’ve got a couple of games after that which we should be confident going in to.

“It’s been too stop-start this season from us and hopefully we can start to put that right.”

Despite Runcorn being a few places below them in the league, Chadwick said he would have settled for a point before the game.

“It’s always a tough place to go, with a big crowd and the weather was really bad,” he said. “Our reserve keeper Josh Boothman had to come in to cover and to be fair he was absolutely excellent.

We had a few other changes to make through injuries and suspensions so all in all it was a good result.”

Chadwick added that it was always going to be difficult repeating last season’s fourth position but he was confident they would now start to rise up the league.

“We’ve got good enough players to be moving up the league and I think we will start to rise up it now.

“We’re good enough to be a top seven team and I’m not going to be happy this season unless that’s where we finish.”

The St Helen’s game takes place at the Arbories tomorrow, kick-off 3 p.m

l A date has been set for the final of the Bird Cup between Padiham AFC and Rock Rovers, on Tuesday, December 13th, at the XLCR Stadium, kick-off at 7 p.m.