LUDLOW boss Luke Hicks is hoping that the arrival of striker Danny Gower will help his side climb the West Midlands League Division Two table.

Missed chances proved costly for Ludlow at the weekend as visitors Wolverhampton United sneaked a 3-2 victory thanks to a last gasp winner.

Now Hicks hopes his experienced new signing will help them turn the corner.

Gower used to play for AFC Ludlow and recently starred for Woofferton in the Herefordshire FA County League.

“We probably played the best we’ve played all season,” said Hicks.

“But we’ve had 23 shots on goal and only managed to put two of them away.

"They’ve had three chances and scored the lot.

“Their manager has come up to us at the end to say that we didn’t deserve to lose.

“The keeper has made a couple of good saves but our finishing was shocking at times.

"Everything was so rushed and we’re probably a little low on confidence.

“Danny Gower will give us something different to what we have in the other two strikers.

"He’s an old fashioned centre forward who has been around for years scoring goals.”

Ludlow made a good start against their high-flying visitors with Jamie Byatt scoring a good goal after dispossessing the United centre half.

With keeper Liam Griffiths away on holiday, Hicks went between the sticks and his slip allowed the visitors back in the game before the break before Wolves struck again inside ten seconds of the second half when a back pass became stuck in the mud and a United striker nipped in to score.

Ryan Lewis levelled only for the visitors to score an 89th minute winner past central defender Jamie Marsh who had donned the keeper’s gloves following an injury to Hicks.

“It was disappointing we came away with nothing as we played so well,” added Hicks.

“There were some good performances especially Aaron Dovey who was excellent in the centre of midfield.”

Church Stretton’s match with AFC Bilbrook in Division Two was postponed so they will be hoping for better weather this Saturday when they head to FC Darlaston, who have managed just one win at home this season.

Stretton’s last defeat was back on November but they have managed just three games since then – winning two and drawing the other.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Craven Arms Town in the Premier Division of the Shropshire League as they lost 5-2 at Prees, Kieran Edwards and Kelvin Sargeant on target for the visitors.

They are without a game this weekend but Clee Hill United are back in action at Newport Town Reserves, while Brown Clee welcome Coven United in Division One.

Elsewhere, Newcastle enjoyed a 4-1 win at Brecon Northcote in Mid Wales League (South) and are back on the road this Saturday with a trip to leaders Rhayader Town, who have a perfect record from their opening 10 games.