LUDLOW boss Luke Hicks believes the arrival of Keanu Cooper could be key to his side’s fortunes this season.

The former AFC Ludlow midfielder has already played a handful of games for the West Midlands Division Two side, but has now agreed to a permanent move from Ludlow’s Midland Football League tenants Shawbury United.

“It’s a great signing for us,” Hicks admitted.

“It’s no coincidence that we have won the two games he has played for us this season and I’m delighted he has decided to join us.

“With him and Kieran Dovey we probably have the best two midfielders in the league.”

Ludlow play host to league strugglers Oldbury United on Saturday as they look to make it three straight wins.

The weekend’s Shropshire Cup clash at Brown Clee was postponed as the home side had a number of players unavailable.

The game has now been re-arranged for November 4 much to the frustration of the manager.

“Market Drayton’s cup game with AFC Bridgnorth was postponed and they have been given a walkover into the next round so I don’t know why we are having to re-arrange our game,” Hicks added.

Ludlow’s West Midlands League rivals Church Stretton did play in the cup and were 7-1 winners at home to Ludlow Town Juniors thanks to four goals from Dean Richards, an Arron Hodge brace and one from Ed Ashlin.

Paul Smith’s side return to league action on Saturday when they head to AFC Bilbrook.

Woofferton made it four straight wins in Division One of the Herefordshire League with their 4-2 defeat of visitors Ledbury Town Reserves.

But they face a tricky test this weekend when they welcome Kingstone Rovers to Brimfield – the current league leaders have a perfect record from their six games.

Against Ledbury, new signing Ashley Smith scored his first competitive goal for the club, pushing forward and striking a low shot from 20 yards beyond the keeper’s reach.

The Blues missed chances in the first half and it needed two goals from veteran striker Dan Gower to wrap up the win.

With 20 minutes to go and with his back to goal he scored a remarkable 25-yard effort that was hooked over the keeper and then wrapped up the points when powered a shot home after being picked out by Marian Jusko’s cross.

Elsewhere in the division, Orleton Colts Reserves lost 2-0 at home to Kingstone and there was disappointment for Shropshire League Premier Division sides Craven Arms Town and Clee Hill United who lost at Madeley Sports and Shrewsbury Juniors respectively.

Bishop's Castle beat Trewern 5-1 in Division One of the JT Hughes Montgomeryshire League to stay within a point of leaders Four Crosses.

Dan Dawson and Martyn Ziemann scored two goals apiece with the other coming from Jack Mellor.

Newcastle drew 2-2 with Knighton Town Reserves in Mid Wales League (South).