Padiham Football Club’s latest acquisitions are a significant signal of intent according to joint manager Liam Smith.
Steve Cunningham’s former second in command at Colne returned to the Reds on a bit of a shopping spree, recruiting midfield duo Michael Morrison and Chris Anderson.
Striker Danny Boyle has also been added to the payroll at the Ruby Civil Arena after signing from Barnoldswick Town while Stockport County goalkeeper Dane Smith completes the business.
“We’ve worked with three of those players before and they are top quality,” said Smith. “I think they’ll be three of the best players in this division.
“They’re all local lads and we know what we’re going to get from them. Three of them have got that experience of winning this league, they were part of our championship winning side with Colne, so they all know what’s required.
“They’re playing the best football of their careers too. These signings send a statement out of our intentions and they show where we want to be going forward.
“We’re really excited about these signings and we’re looking forward to working with them again.”
The Storks won their fourth game from their last six outings to beat newcomers City of Liverpool 2-0 in the Hallmark Security Premier Division on Non-League Day.
A bumper crowd of 437 saw Kieron Pickup give the hosts the lead in the fifth minute when the striker squeezed in-between two defenders to convert Brandon Barski’s cross with his head.
Chris Turner then doubled the advantage midway through the half when picking out the corner from 25 yards out.
Speaking after the game, joint boss Dixon Lambert said: “We had been to watch City of Liverpool against Widnes and came away with a game plan that we felt would be effective.
“We worked on it in training and from the first whistle the lads were on it. They were really up for it, they were sharp, quick and winning their challenges.
“We went 1-0 up through Kieron Pickup but it could’ve been 3-0 early on because he missed two huge opportunities.
“We were well in control up until half-time but they stepped it up in the second half and it was a case of backs to the wall for us.
“But everyone put a shift in and now we’ve won four from six games while keeping three clean sheets. That’s another pleasing thing.
“We played really well and looked in control of the game. We caused them all sorts of problems. After the break we started to protect what we had and dropped off a little bit.
“That will change once the players start to believe in themselves a bit more and their fitness levels improve.”