PADIHAM can push for honours next season according to boss Craig Chadwick.
The popular Storks chief guided the club to their best ever finish in the North-West Counties Premier Division after sealing fourth place with 73 points.
Now, with big-spending New Mills advancing to pastures new and having taken six points off Ramsbottom United, Chadwick wants to keep his squad together and push on.
He said: “It’s a brilliant finish for us.
“We knew our target at the start of the season was to better last year but as the season went on that target grew higher and higher.
“It was a great campaign for us but it was just a shame that we threw points away at the start.”
Chadwick is hoping that his star players will commit their futures to the Arbories and he knows with a couple of tweaks to the system they could be fighting for silverware.
“The finish signals our intent,” Chadwick said.
“It gives us something to build on next season. I’m happy with the squad I’ve got at the moment but if people look at the league table and see that we’ve finished fourth then maybe it will attract players.”
He added: “In the league this season we’ve taken six points off second place Ramsbottom and beaten New Mills so theoretically there’s nothing for us to fear.
“I’m confident the lads will stay on because they’re enjoying it and we’ve got a great dressing room atmosphere.
“We’ll be looking to have a good cup run next year and we’ll be pushing forward in the league. The difficulty is keeping 20 players happy who are all good enough to play at first team level.”
Meanwhile, Padiham Reserves concluded their title-winning season on a high, completing a double over runners up Glossop North End Reserves with a 1-0 victory at the Derbyshire side’s Surrey Street ground.
The Storks struck early in the first half when a Richard Geoghegan pass found leading scorer Nathan Egan who rounded keeper Liam Warner and slotted the ball home for his 19th of the season.
And Pafiham FC’s A team rounded off a perfect weekend for the club with a 3-2 victory away at Bacup CC in the East Lancashire Football League.
Nicky Sharples and Steven Astbury scored the goals that gave the Storks a 2-0 half-time advantage. The hosts pulled it back to 2-2 after the break but Michael Taylor scored from the penalty spot to cement the three points.
Padiham A will end their league season with a fixture against Peel Park on Saturday, May 14th.