STEVE Wilkes has been slapped with an extra game ban after using a ladder to view Padiham's FA Cup extra preliminary round tie with City of Liverpool last weekend.

The Storks boss started the season with a two-game ban as punishment for an incident that occurred last season which resulted in a charge of improper conduct against a match official (including abusive language and/or behaviour).

The ban does not allow entry into the ground 90 minutes before kick-off and for 90 minutes after the final whistle.

Wilkes tried to get round the issue by propping a ladder up against an exterior wall at the YESSS Electrical Arena, traditionally known as the Arbories, and climbing halfway so that he could see the game from over the stand.

But the FA have clamped down on his attempted loophole and issued Wilkes with an additional game stadium ban, after he was captured on camera and posted on social media.

He was due to miss Padiham's first North West Counties Premier Division game of the season tomorrow, at home to Northwich Victoria, as part of the original ban, but the additional punishment means he will also miss the Storks' first away game of the season, at Charnock Richard, on Tuesday night.

"I'm disappointed because missing these games is not ideal," said Wilkes, who revealed he had been offered an alternative vantage point.

"Someone offered to stick me in a hot air balloon and send me over the ground! But I turned it down."

In the other Premier Division games, AFC Darwen travel to Congleton Town and Barnoldswick Town are away to Winsford United.

In the First Division, Nelson visit Alsager Town while Bacup Borough host Eccleshall.

In the Evo-Stik Division One North, Clitheroe host Droylsden, Colne entertain Atherton Collieries and Ramsbottom are at home to Tadcaster Albion.

Meanwhile, Colne and Clitheroe go head to head in the Integro League Challenge Cup preliminary round on September 5. The winners will host Workington in the first round on October 17, when Ramsbottom entertain Stalybridge Celtic.