Saturday 4th May 2013
North West Counties League Premier Division
RUNCORN TOWN 1 PADIHAM 0
Tea Hut Stuff: Tea
Weather: Sunshine, mild, nice
Parking: Despite kids football tournament, Pavilions car park
Town ended Padihams remarkable unbeaten away record in a scrappy but competitive encounter on a hard and dry pitch. The Costa Del Weston must be a groundsmans nightmare, one week its snowbound then its cracking the flags with sunshine. How the playing surface always looks so lush and well covered with grass is a credit to the ground staff.
The end of this final game of the season witnessed Padiham raise the league trophy as deserving NWCL Premier Division title winners. They will compete in Division 1 North of the Evo Stik Northern Premier League next season. Good luck to them and I hope their loyal supporters enjoy the experience.
I'm too sad to do a comprehensive report on this game, there will be no pictures either. The superb football Runcorn Town have provided this season has failed to reward them with the prize they deserved, I'm not going into the injustice of recent events and there is certainly no disrespect to Padiham FC intended. They are fine champions and a credit to the high quality of the NWCL. I just feel so sorry for all the effort Simon Burton and Danny Salt have put in alongside the very good players at Runcorn Town Football Club. I feel they got a bum deal at the card table this season and it just wasn't meant to happen. Its all water under the bridge now in any case.
One things for sure... this team will bounce back leaner, meaner and stronger for next season, the troops will regroup and the battle campaign will take no prisoners (experience has taught them that)... Come on Runcorn Town!