PADIHAM boss Steve Wilkes is hoping to strengthen his squad ahead of tomorrow’s North West Counties League Premier Division trip to Cammell Laird.

The Storks have not played a league game since a 3-0 defeat to Abbey Hey and are languishing at the wrong end of the table in 18th.

But a Lancashire Challenge Trophy success last time out over high-flying Atherton Collieries has boosted belief in the Padiham camp and Wilkes is now targeting progress.

“I believe that we can still challenge for a place in the top six, especially with the recent additions,” he said.

“I’m keen to bring a centre-half in and I’ve had talks with a couple of players.

“I hope to get something sorted in time for this weekend.”

Another side in the last four of the Challenge Trophy are Colne and they look to build on their midweek success at Bamber Bridge when they make the trip to Congleton Town tomorrow.

Steve Cunningham’s side were humbled 4-0 at title rivals Runcorn Linnets last weekend but three points in Cheshire could see them return to the top of the table.

Elsewhere, Barnoldswick Town are on the road at AFC Liverpool as they bid to cement their place in the top half, while Nelson and AFC Darwen, in 16th and 17th place respectively, will be keen for points to ensure they don’t get dragged into a relegation scrap.

The Salmoners are at home to AFC Blackpool while Paul Fildes’ side are away at Winsford United.

In the first division, Bacup Borough face a testing trip to league leaders Cheadle Town.

Brent Peters’ side begin the weekend in ninth.