Wilkes worried as Storks slip to 19th after Arbories defeat

Steve Wilkes.
Steve Wilkes.

While Padiham FC’s performances have been encouraging, Arbories boss Steve Wilkes has conceded that recent results have left him a worried man.

A 2-1 loss to New Mills was the Storks’ third successive reverse on home soil after Mossley and Farsley also took maximum points earlier in the month.

That sequence has seen Padiham slip to 19th in the Northern Premier League First Division North hierarchy, just four points better off than Radcliffe Borough who sit uncomfortably in the bottom two.

“We are playing really well but we’re just not ruthless enough at either end,” said Wilkes. “We’ve lost three at home on the bounce and they’ve all been by the odd goal. We’re struggling slightly defensively and we’re not taking our chances at the other end to see teams off. We’ve been missing a lot of chances in recent weeks and we can’t afford to do that.

“We’re being punished for every little mistake that we make. From box to box we’re performing incredibly well, but we’re not getting the results. I’m a worried man at the moment because we are fourth from bottom in the league and it’s not nice seeing us down there. It’s always worrying when you’re not winning football matches. We can’t afford to be losing three home games in a row.”

After thrashing Bamber Bridge, beating Ramsbottom United and taking a point off Curzon Ashton earlier in the season, Wilkes was hopeful that his side would be capable of taking points off clubs in and around them in the table. However, that hasn’t been the case.

“We’ve been doing well against teams at the top but we’ve had nothing to show against the teams in and around us,” he said. “Those are the games we need to be taking points from because anything against the bigger clubs is a bonus.”

The Storks travel to the Kirklands Stadium to take on Cammell Laird tomorrow with kick-off at 3 p.m. Tony Sullivan’s side are just a solitary point and three places above the Storks, and Wilkes sees this as another game where three points is a necessity.

“I’ve seen Cammell Laird once this season. They are down there as well so it’s another game we need to be taking points from. It’s another tough one but they are all difficult fixtures at this level. We’ve lost three in a row so this will be a good test to see how we respond to those defeats.

“It’s going to be a decent test of character for everyone now because we’re still learning at this level. It’s still exciting though and we’re looking forward to each game we’re playing. We just need that little bit of luck but we need to make our own luck.”