After there being no game for the lads last week, Stretford Paddock return to action in the Cheshire League with an away trip out to Lymm. Last weekend, opponents, Pilkington U23’s, failed to field a side which resulted in the postponement of the fixture. Still looking for an away victory this year, perhaps some fresh legs will aid Paddock in really kickstarting their end of season run in.
Paddock currently sit in 8th place in Division 2, one place into the bottom half of the table. Haydock, who sit currently in 7th position, are 6 points ahead of Stretford Paddock having played 2 more games. It is this weekend’s opponents, Lymm Rovers, who are a place behind Paddock. The gap between Lymm and Paddock is also 6 points. It means that whatever happens this weekend, Paddock will remain in 8th place.
Lymm are in a similar situation to Paddock in the sense that whatever the outcome of the fixture on Saturday, they will remain in 9th place.
For Paddock, a top half finish is still well within the realm of possibility. Should Paddock win their 2 games in hand, they would go level on points with Haydock leaving an exciting end to the season.
Head to Head
Stretford Paddock were 6-1 victors in their outing with Lymm Rovers back in February. The game is mostly remembered for 2 debut goals for Paddock’s new main man up top, Ryan Katumba.
February’s result will stead Paddock into the game this weekend with plenty of confidence however, Paddock have only won once since that game. It’ll therefore be, no doubt, a tough game for Ste’s men.
Another man who will make things difficult for Paddock this weekend is Lymm Rovers forward, Rory Ridley-Thomas. Ridley-Thomas is the Division’s joint 9th top scorer this season with 13 goals to his name.
Elliot Watkins is another danger within the Lymm Rovers ranks – he has 10 goals to his name this season.
Due to the carry over of his suspension from two weeks ago, Paddock captain, James Oatt, is unavailable for tomorrows game.
His second yellow card in stoppage time against F.C. St Helens resulted in Oatsy picking up a one match ban. The ban was supposed to take place last weekend against Pilkington U23’s however, because the fixture will be rearranged, his ban must take place this weekend.
After last week’s postponement, we’re back in action this time away to 𝗟𝘆𝗺𝗺 𝗥𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀
— Stretford Paddock FC (@SPaddockFC) April 28, 2023