Wilkes hoping Storks are turning the corner

Padiham FC V Ashton Athletic FC at The Arbories, Padiham.'Padiham FC (Blue) V Ashton Athletic (Yellow).'Padiham's Manager Steve Wilkes.'22nd August 2015
Padiham FC V Ashton Athletic FC at The Arbories, Padiham.'Padiham FC (Blue) V Ashton Athletic (Yellow).'Padiham's Manager Steve Wilkes.'22nd August 2015

Storks boss Steve Wilkes is hoping to build on his side’s three-game unbeaten run and climb back into the upper echelons of the NWC Premier Division table.

Padiham have taken four points from their last two league games – holding leaders Colne before hammering Silsden 5-1.

And Saturday’s 3-2 Men United Cup win at AFC Liverpool was arguably the Storks’ best display this season.

Wilkes hopes his players can start to find some consistency and climb from 14th in the table, with a trip to Squires Gate tomorrow: “It’s been tough so far this season, but we’ve taken some small steps forward of late.

“Things are beginning to turn.

“We lost 10 players in the summer and brought 12 in, and it needs time to settle.

“If we can put a run together now...we won’t win the league, but we showed what can happen when you put a run together when we did three years ago – we went 23 unbeaten.

“Consistency wins you leagues, and hopefully we can string some results together.

“We’ve been decent – we’ve played well in the last four games now. We played well when we lost at Barnoldswick, drew with Colne when we should have beaten them, smacked Silsden and Saturday was probably our performance of the season.”