Wilkes upset as postponement interrupts Padihams run of form!

Weather frustration: Padiham boss Steve Wilkes was eager to face Radcliffe Borough
Weather frustration: Padiham boss Steve Wilkes was eager to face Radcliffe Borough

Storks boss Steve Wilkes feels the weekend postponement was a hindrance that interrupted his side’s recent run of form.

Padiham had been scheduled to take on struggling Radcliffe Borough at Stainton Park on Saturday but heavy rainfall forced match officials to pull the plug on the fixture.

“It’s frustrating because we’ve been playing really well and we’ve been in good form,” he said. “We were eager for that to continue but with one or two niggling injuries in our squad it may work out in our favour.

“The club got a phone call at noon saying there was a pitch inspection and as the team were ready to set off we got a call to say that a deluge had forced them to call the game off.”

Wilkes added: “These are the games that give us a good opportunity to take three points and move away from the bottom end of the table.

“With playing teams in and around us over the next few weeks we want to play and get points on the board to push us closer to the play-off spots. It’s disappointing but we’re looking ahead to Mossley now.”

Padiham FC secretary Alan Smith is now encouraging football fans to attend the Arbories for the Storks’ Evo-Stik First Division North clash with Mossley on Saturday.

He said: “I’m hoping that with no Premier League or Championship matches at the weekend due to the international break that some Burnley fans will come to the Arbories to watch the Storks in non-league action.

“We’ve had some high scoring games this season including the seven goal Doodson Cup thriller the last time we played Mossley which they edged 4-3.”

Admission charges for the fixture are £7 for adults and £4 for concessions while school children that attend with an adult can enter free of charge.

Two games that did survive the weather were Padiham FC Ladies and Padiham FC Under 14s.

The former hammered Kendal Town Ladies 7-1 at home in the North West Womens Regional League. Becky Hayton and Emma Frith scored twice in the victory while Leah Hart, Lora Speak and Sarah McCabe grabbed a goal apiece.

Meanwhile, the club’s youngsters came out on top in an exhilarating 11-goal thriller against Lammack in the East Lancashire Alliance Youth League. Lennon Steem scored a hat-trick while Layne O’Reilly, Declan McCluskey and Joe Noone etched their names on to the score sheet.

Padiham Football Club’s annual Sportsmans Dinner will take place at Turf Moor on Thursday, November 28th.

Guest speaker is former Manchester United forward Lee Sharpe and he’ll be joined by comedian Billy Flywheel and MC for the evening Andy Ashworth.

Tickets are priced at £30 and can be purchased from Alan Smith by calling 07775 717698.

Finally, the Arbories will host the National County Cup tie between Lancashire Girls Under 14s and Worcestershire on Thursday at 5-15 p.m. Entry for adults is £2 and concessions is £1.