Stretford Paddock are back on the road for their next fixture, heading to Stockport to face Signol Old Boys in their 3rd competitive fixture.
Stretford Paddock will be hoping to continue their winning form, having already been victorious in their first two fixtures and sitting atop of the Lancashire and Cheshire league.
Stretford Paddock come into this game off the back of a 3-1 win against De La Salle Reds in their first ever competitive home fixture at our new home, the Butchers Arms Ground. 174 came along and enjoyed what might be for some, their first taste of live football in many months and Paddock did not disappoint.
Stephen Howson’s men went behind early, when a cross found the De La Salle striker on the back post, but his team rallied and goals from Cam Watters, Ronaldo Brown and Jay Phillips (Two of which have been nominated for Paddock’s goal of the month) inspired the win.
Signol Old Boys will be hoping to get a win on the board or even a point as they have unfortunately lost their first games 6-1 and 5-2 respectively to Urmston Town Juniors and Newton 1st.
A key player for Paddock will be their September Player of the Month, Jay Phillips. Jay has been in outstanding form so far, scoring three goals in two games from midfield. His goals against Bury Amateur helped the team get back in the game and go on to win, with his free kick being a finely struck effort right into the top corner.
His goals from deep will be vital for Paddock’s form not just in the next game but throughout the season.
Stephen Howson said “This game represents another opportunity to test ourselves, which the lads are looking forward to. Training has been of an exceptional standard of late and the players are beginning to understand each other more and more every week. I go into this demanding another win to keep our run of form going, but I don’t pay any attention to either our position or our opponents position in the league, after just two games. It means nothing.”
“I’m looking for us to start showing the sort of standards we show in training, in games. While we’ve won our two opening fixtures, I can’t say I’m pleased with the performances. I expect better, I demand better, so do the players. We know performances can be improved upon and that’s what we need to do against Signol.”
The game will be taking place at Stockport Sports Village, Lambeth Grove, Woodley, SK6 1QX. However, the league are discouraging fans from attending the game at this moment in time.