SHAWBURY United boss Dave Richards has described this Saturday’s game against Boldmere St Michaels as a 'six-pointer'.

Richards’ side were scheduled to host Coventry Sphinx last weekend, but the game was called off due to an unplayable pitch at the Ludlow Stadium.

Shawbury will now prepare for for this Saturday's match, also at home, against third-bottom Boldmere St Michaels.

United know they can climb off the foot of the table with victory and boss Richards is aware of how much a result is needed.

“It’s a massive game for both clubs,” Richards admitted.

“We beat them 3-0 at their place earlier this season and we need to try and get the three points again on Saturday.

“Yes, it’s still relatively early in the season but it’s a six-pointer because we can’t allow Boldmere to climb away from us.

“All games in this league are difficult but if we have any intention of staying in this league, we have to beat Boldmere.

“We’ve got to win our home games, it’s as simple as that.

"Boldmere were favourites to go down last season alongside us and we both stayed up so it’ll be a tough test.

“They’ve conceded quite a few goals this season but we’ve been guilty of that a bit ourselves.”

Following the Boldmere game and a home fixture against Coventry United, Shawbury face tough away trips to Worcester City, Bromsgrove Sporting, Westfields and Haughmond.

“It’s a difficult run but I don’t mind too much as we seem to play better against the top teams,” Richards added.

“Our league position at the moment isn’t good but we’ve got the players to turn it around and I fully believe that.”