Padiham eye top spot ahead of Barlick clash

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PADIHAM will be looking to make it six wins on the spin when they face local rivals Barnoldswick in a North West Counties League Premier Division Boxing Day derby this afternoon.

The Storks have won five in a row in all competitions – scoring 17 goals in the process, including four-goal hauls on three separate occasions.

And they could conceivably climb to the top of the table should they secure three points.

But it won’t be an easy task against Barnoldswick, who are going along nicely in the league and will be keen to make amends for their disappointing FA Vase exit last time out.

Elsewhere Colne, who have lost just once in their past 12 league outings, travel to Silsden.

Bacup Borough are away at St Helens.

In Division One, struggling Nelson face a crucial clash at home to Holker Old Boys with the two sides currently locked together at the wrong end of the table on 12 points.

Mark Fell’s men know a victory is vital to arrest a worrying slide of one win in 11 games.

At the other end of the table AFC Darwen, who could finish the day top, host mid-table Rochdale Town.

In Evo-Stik League First Division North, high-flying Clitheroe welcome neighbours Ramsbottom United to Shawbridge in what promises to be a Christmas cracker. Both sides are in good form with Clitheroe having tasted defeat just once on their own turf this season, while only leaders Mossley have picked up more points on the road than the Rams this term.

In the Premier Division, Chorley host Marine with three points key if their promotion hopes are to remain a reality.

Garry Flitcroft’s side have won just once in their past 10 games to fall to 11th in the table.

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