Padiham boss wants to get supporters hooked

Liam Smith and Dixon Lambert
Liam Smith and Dixon Lambert

Non League Day is the perfect time for football fans to experience a different side of the sport according to joint Storks boss Liam Smith.

The new man at the helm of the Ruby Civil Arena is encouraging supporters from across the borough to back his boys tomorrow and get hooked on the Football League’s often overlooked sibling.

Padiham welcome newcomers City of Liverpool to the Arbories in the Hallmark Security Premier Division and the club is expecting a bumper crowd to walk through the turnstiles on Well Street.

With a combined total of 18 goals being scored in the two side’s last couple of fixtures, Smith said: “Non League Day is a good opportunity to experience a different side to the game.

“It’s a good standard of football and people get hooked when they try it out. There’s no better time to give it a go than Non League Day.

“It makes a huge difference to clubs like ourselves. We’re not blessed with massive finances but we’ve got a hard working committee, management team and group of players.

“It can make a massive difference to us as a football club. All the extra money will be invested wisely in to the team and in to the football club.

“In terms of attendance, with that extra few people coming through the turnstiles, it can make a massive difference.

“We’re determined to build that community spirit and develop a kind of ownership with local fans coming to watch us.”

With the Clarets out of action due to the international break, Smith added: “We’re obviously seen as peoples’ second team most of the time with how well Burnley are doing and we’re delighted for their success.

“We’re reliant on that support. We’re trying to bring something different to draw people in, play on that good feel about the town’s teams.

“The players really appreciate that extra support and it gives them that extra buzz. It really gives them a lift.

“We’re keen to build that positive vibe around Padiham and the surrounding areas.

“It’s very affordable so you can bring the family down. It’s an affordable option and we’ve got a great set up here.

“We provide a safe environment for families and we’re playing an exciting brand of football.

“There is also a lot of local players that the fans can relate to and not many clubs can offer all that.

“It should be a really good day and it’s the perfect fixture for Non League Day. They drew 4-4 with Barnoldswick Town recently and we beat Barnton 3-2 so there should be guaranteed goals.

“It will be a game played in good spirits. We want people to get addicted to this level of football.”

Storks surrender two goal lead to leave Squires Gate with a point

It was play time for Padiham at one point in their game against Squires Gate at School Lane but they were later given a harsh lesson as they allowed their lead to slip late on.

The Storks, though, weren’t helped by the officials and were denied an early lead when Kieron Pickup’s strike was wrongly adjudged not to have crossed the line.

Kane Hickman gave the visitors the lead with a sublime drive from 25 yards out in the 15th minute and Luke Holden doubled the lead after half-an-hour with his first goal for the club.

However, Gary Pett pulled a goal back for the hosts from the spot with 20 minutes remaining before Tarren Moxon snatched a point with a late equaliser.