Dixon Lambert is confident that the Storks can join his former club Colne in the Evo-Stik League in the near future.
The new joint boss at the Ruby Civil Arena, who is working in tandem with Liam Smith, believes that Padiham can eventually compete for the Hallmark Security Premier Division title after enjoying a positive start to his tenure.
The Storks are certainly evolving on the pitch and stretched their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions with a 3-1 win over Maine Road at Brantingham Road on Monday.
Lambert acknowledges that the club may not have a say in the race for promotion this term, as they sit 17 points off leaders Runcorn Town, but their latest performance showed that they’re heading in the right direction.
The hosts carved out the first opportunity of the game when Jamie Roe collected Ryan Smith’s pass and fired goalwards but Dane Smith, on his debut, tipped the effort on to the upright.
Padiham took the lead in the 17th minute and it was another debutant who was making an immediate impact.
Jay Hart picked out Danny Boyle inside the penalty area and the former Reds forward’s attempt eventually crept over the line after hitting both posts.
In the second half Dominic Craig glanced Ben Hoskin’s delivery wide but the midfielder made no mistake on the hour when cushioning Chris Anderson’s pass before slotting the ball past Ryan Livesey to make it 2-0.
The home side pulled one back in the 77th minute when Luke Holden turned Louie Inniss’s cross in to his own net.
But the visitors restored their two goal advantage with 10 minutes remaining when Hart bent his run to beat the offside trap from Kane Hickman’s clearance and the striker, held up by three defenders, beat Livesey with an expertly executed chip from 20 yards out.
“I’m really enjoying it,” said Lambert. “It’s been brilliant so far. There’s been a huge change around since we came in.
“This is a long term project but we’ve started to notice a difference already. The attitude of the players has been first class.
“This year is all about stabalising and creating a brand of football that we want to play, one that the players can get on board with and one that the fans want to watch.
“We want to try and win every game and see where that takes us. I think we’re too far adrift to have any realistic ambitions of challenging this season.
“We’re ambitious and ultimately we want to win the title and get promoted to the Evo-Stik League.
“You’ve always got to strive to better yourself and we loved it at that level. This is a tough division but promotion is certainly achievable and we’ll give it our best shot.”