Read and Padiham gunning for title glory!

PADIHAM CC V CLITHEROE CC: Padiham's Callum Clarke faces the bowling of Josh Marquet.'Photo Ben Parsons
PADIHAM CC V CLITHEROE CC: Padiham's Callum Clarke faces the bowling of Josh Marquet.'Photo Ben Parsons

It all boils down to this weekend for both Read and Padiham in their respective title challenges.

For Kyle O’Connor’s men there’s only one permutation that will suffice to keep their hopes alive in Section A - and that’s for defending champions Clitheroe to lose twice.

The table toppers take on Great Harwood at the Cliffe tomorrow before facing Read at Whalley Road in the penultimate fixture of the campaign on Sunday.

After registering their 13th victory in succession, O’Connor said: “It would be nice if we could take it to the final weekend of the season. We’ve just got to keep going and we want to win our final two games of the season. Hopefully Great Harwood will do us a favour.

“The table shows how strong Clitheroe have been throughout the season. If we hadn’t have slipped up earlier in the season though maybe it would be us in the hot seat instead of them.”

He added: “It would be huge to have something to play for on the final day. If Great Harwood win and we beat Clitheroe then it would open things right up. We’re not giving up hope yet but we’ll concentrate on our own game.”

Meanwhile, in the bottom tier, three possible outcomes face Callum Clarke’s side. Padiham, who last won a title in 1999, can still take the Section B crown, make the play-off or miss out all together.

Current standings would pit Padiham against Cherry Tree in a play-off for promotion. They are currently 10 points adrift of leaders Euxton and seven points ahead of third place Salesbury.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game against Ribblesdale Wanderers at Church Meadow, skipper Clarke said: It all comes down to this weekend - this one game.

“We were disappointed not to get the job done on Sunday but the best team won. We’re not feeling any pressure - we’re looking forward to it.

“We’ve done well this season and we want to be rewarded at the end of it.

“We’ve rebuilt over the last few years and it’s all come down to this. It’s a strange one because we can either win the title, make the play-off or still miss out completely. First and foremost we’ll be looking to win our game.

“It’s great to be involved in. We want to go up whether it’s by winning the league or by winning the play-off.”