CHURCH Stretton boss Paul Smith is hoping the Christmas holiday can bring some festive cheer to his side’s West Midlands Division Two campaign.

Stretton are one of the few local teams in action on Saturday and the manager is hoping that some of his returning university students can give his team a boost as they take on Bewdley Town Reserves.

“We’ve not played since the start of the month but Bewdley haven’t had a game for about six weeks so we’re both grateful that the forecast looks quite good,” Smith said.

“And one positive for us is that we will have some of the lads back from university.

"They played quite a bit at the start of the season when we have some of the others away on holiday or working so hopefully we will be able to field a strong side.”

Stretton’s match at Gornal Colts was postponed at the weekend as was Ludlow’s home game with Wonder Vaults.

One match that was played saw Craven Arms Town beat Shifnal United 3-1 in the Premier Division of the Shropshire League.

Aaron Hodge scored twice with Ben Black bagging the other.