Padiham boss feels postponement may have been blessing in disguise

Out injured: Jack Overson
Out injured: Jack Overson

Storks boss Steve Wilkes feels the weekend postponement against Wakefield may have been a blessing in disguise.

Padiham’s fixture at Belle Vue was one of four games in the Evo-Stik First Division North to fall victim to the inclement weather conditions.

But with just eight points separating the two at the bottom end of the division, and with both Dean Overson and leading scorer Kieron Pickup sidelined, Wilkes welcomed the enforced break.

“We’ve not suffered too badly because we’ve played in recent weeks so we’ve kept ticking over,” said Wilkes. “Others haven’t been as fortunate. We wanted to play against Wakefield, but from one perspective it could’ve been a blessing in disguise.

“It was a big game and we were without Dean Overson and Kieron Pickup who had niggling injuries. I’d like to think that the lads who would’ve come in to the squad would be capable of stepping up to the mark, but being without our quickest defender and our leading scorer would’ve been a big loss.”

However, the Storks are without a win in five league outings, since the Boxing Day win over rivals Clitheroe, and Wilkes is eager to reset that sequence of results.

“It would’ve been nice to have played on Saturday and get something out of it, but it wasn’t to be,” said Wilkes. “The next three games are against teams in the top six so it’s going to be tough. We need the points to help us edge away from the bottom end of the division and give us some breathing space.

“It’s frustrating because you prepare yourselves for a game and then you get that dreaded phone call. It’s the worst feeling ever when the call comes to say a game has been postponed. We’ll be training twice this week, and we’ll be training hard in preparation for the weekend.”

Meanwhile, lowly Radcliffe Borough jumped out of the bottom two at the expense of the Bears when thrashing New Mills 4-0 .

Wilkes said: “It wasn’t a great result for us. It puts the pressure on a bit but we’ve still got them to play twice yet.”

Padiham travel to the Northgate Vehicle Hire Stadium on Saturday to tackle mid-table Kendal Town, kick-off at 3 p.m. weather permitting.