Wayne’s world is not complete yet!

Penwortham skipper Wayne Maddock
Penwortham skipper Wayne Maddock
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Driven Wayne Maddock wants more from his Penwortham players despite the fact his team is sitting pretty at the top of the fledgling Palace Shield Premier Division table.

The 2011 league and cup double winners had a disappointing season by their own high standards last year as they finished in third spot – 19 points behind eventual champions and fierce derby rivals Vernon Carus.

However, the Middleforth Green outfit seem intent on wresting the championship back judging by their 100% start to the season.

They have secured comfortable victories in all three of their opening games of the season against Garstang, Torrisholme and most recently at home to Fylde last Saturday.

It all means that they hold a three-point advantage over second-placed Great Eccleston at the top of the table, but Maddock believes there is a lot more to come from his men.

“It’s been a very good start to the season,” Maddock said.

“Away at Garstang was a really tough start for us, but we dealt with it and came away with the win.

“Then Torrisholme was next and they are probably not the strongest team in the division, but we still had to get rid of what was in front of us.

“And last week against Fylde was a good all-round performance.

“We have performed well in all aspects of the game, but I feel we can do better.

“We’ve not got the runs we should have got. Sometimes batsmen have been getting out to sloppy shots when well set and we’ve had seven or eight run-out so far if you include the game against Barnoldswick.

“But catches-wise we haven’t dropped anything – that’s a plus.”

Penwortham face a difficult proposition tomorrow when they travel to Bush Lane to take on Freckleton.

Eamon Hernon’s men won the Meyler Cup last year and already served notice of their intentions this season by defeating Vernon Carus a couple of weeks ago.

“We’ve got a tough game tomorrow,” Maddock said.

“They will be well up for it and we’ve got to make sure we go there, give 100% and hopefully we will make it four wins out of four.”

Elsewhere in the Palace Shield, Great Ecc are away to Premier Division new boys Hoghton, while Vernon Carus visit Thornton Cleveleys.

In the Northern League, Leyland will hope to make it four wins out of four when they travel to Netherfield tomorrow.

Preston go in search of their second win of the season when they welcome Morecambe to West Cliff. Chorley have a daunting trip to early season pacesetters Barrow, who finished in runners-up spot last season. Daryl Wearing’s men boast a 100% record.


NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE: Barrow v Chorley, Blackpool v Lancaster, Fleetwood v Darwen, Netherfield v Leyland, Preston v Morecambe, St Annes v Kendal. Sunday – Darwen v Lancashire Colts

Palace Shield PREMIER DIVISION: Freckleton v Penwortham, Fylde v BAC/EE Preston, Hoghton v Great Eccleston, Longridge v Fulwood and Broughton, Thornton Cleveleys v Vernon Carus, Torrisholme v Garstang.