Padiham look to better best run

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STORKS boss Craig Chadwick wants his side to embark on an unbeaten run.

Padiham’s longest stretch without defeat this season is four games in September when victories over Colne and Winsford United were accompanied by stalemates in fixtures against Alsager Town and today’s opponents St Helens Town.

At present the Storks are two without loss, but with upcoming games against Jim McBride’s strugglers and local rivals Colne, both at the Arbories, Chadwick is positive of keeping that momentum going: “We’ve got a chance of picking up a decent amount of points now. If we can emulate our second half performance against AFC Liverpool then there shouldn’t be any issues.

“There’s no reason why we can’t go on a run. The lads are capable of doing it which is why our league position is so frustrating. They’ve blown hot and cold all season. We are creating plenty of chances and I’m always confident we’ll score. They just need the confidence and belief.”

Padiham’s fluctuating form throughout the season was summed up in the weekend draw against AFC Liverpool at Valerie Park. The hosts were dominant in the opening 45 minutes and went in to the interval in the ascendency. But a spirited and composed second half display earned Chadwick’s side a share of the spoils.

“It was a bad first half for us,” declared Chadwick. “We didn’t play that well and they were a lot sharper than us and more organised. But we re-grouped at half-time and it proved to be a real game of two halves. We put a few things straight at the break and it showed in our second half performance. We were disappointed not to win in the end.”

Chadwick will assess the fitness of Josh Boothman ahead of tomorrow’s clash after the in-form goalkeeper suffered a thigh strain at the weekend. Sean Davis could be in contention after playing for the Reserves against Ashton Town and AFC Darwen as he bids to come back from the dislocated shoulder he suffered four months ago.

But Chadwick wasted no time in praising midfielder Stuart Telfer who stepped in to fill the void at the weekend, keeping a second half clean sheet in the process. The Padiham boss insisted that the midfielder epitomises the character and commitment of his squad.

“Stuart’s covered for us in the net a few times,” he said. “He did a great job for us. His confidence and experience really helped us and he’s pulled off some good stops as well. It’s great to have people like Stuart around. He’s a big asset.”