SHAWBURY United have the chance to pick up their first double of the season when they head south to take on Worcester City.

But manager Dave Richards realises that it will be a huge ask of his players who have not played a league game for nearly a month with training just as sporadic.

“We haven’t had a league match since November 21 and we’ve only managed a couple of training sessions in that time because of all the pitches in the area being booked up,” he explained.

“It’s not an ideal situation being without a game and we’re hoping that Saturday’s match will be on. We have so many young lads in the team, they just want to get out there and play football. They’ve been frustrated at not having a game so hopefully they will come out of traps.

“We rode our luck a little when we played Worcester at ours and it probably helped that they had a player sent off. But at the end of the day we could have scored two or three more.

“We can’t go there trying to defend for 90 minutes, we need to approach the game just as we did in the match at our place.”

Shawbury won the match at Ludlow back at the start of October when goals from Steve Faux and Josh Thomas set up a 2-1 victory, a result that lifted Richards’ side off the foot of the table.

But a poor run since then coupled with a four-week break have seen Shawbury return to the basement, four points adrift of Quorn who picked up three points from the only MFL Premier League game played at the weekend.

Richards added: “We know it is going to be tough as they are a good side, we just have to make sure that everyone is up for the game.”