Steve Wilkes has inferred that the Storks are the ‘silent assassins’ of the North West Counties Premier Division.
Padiham are going quietly about their business at present, flying under the radar in seventh spot despite taking 25 points from their last nine games.
The Arbories outfit remain 16 points off leaders Runcorn Town, with a game in hand, but they are the form team in England’s ninth tier.
“It’s going very well,” said Wilkes. “We’ve won eight out of nine games and we’re scoring goals as well which is good. We’ve scored nine goals in two games.
“We are playing very well now and we’ve got the confidence and momentum which is massive in football. You need that wherever you are in the table.
“We’re on a decent run and we’re closing the gap every week on the top teams in the division.”
Wilkes added: “We’ve lost two games in the cup during that period but league-wise we are the in-form team. We’re seventh and nobody is talking about us which is brilliant.
“We will just keep going about our business and we’ve got two home games coming up now. If we can pick six points up from those games then we will be in a good place come Christmas.”
Padiham have two home games on the horizon, with Maine Road providing the opposition tomorrow (kick off 3 p.m.), while games against Atherton Collieries and Runcorn Town are on the schedule in the not-so-distant future.
“We’re not giving up on the title even though it’s going to be tough,” Wilkes said. “If we can stay under the radar and keep doing what we’re doing then who knows where we will be.
“We’ve got some big games coming up and they will give us a marker as to where we are.”
Meanwhile, the club will be hosting a fans’ forum in the clubhouse following the Congleton Town game on December 17th, starting at 6-15 p.m.
lRemaining fixtures in 2016: December 10th - Maine Road (h); December 17th - Congleton Town (h); Boxing Day - AFC Darwen (a); December 30th - Atherton Collieries (h).