CHURCH Stretton joint-manager Scott Peever hopes his side have seen the back of a stop-start winter period that has dented their momentum.

Stretton have played just once in the last month – on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year in a surprise defeat at AFC Bentley – due to a string of cancellations.

The latest of those postponements came at Rock Rovers last weekend but Stretton remain second in West Midlands League Division Two despite their inactivity.

They now face back-to-back home games against third-placed Gornal Colts – in the League Cup quarter-finals this Saturday and the league a week later.

Gornal ended Stretton’s long unbeaten run earlier this season with a 4-1 win and Peever said: “It would be nice to get revenge but we will have to perform better than in our last game.

“We were looking forward to last Saturday and now we’ve had another week to dwell on the Bentley defeat.

“The best way to get over it is to play another game and we’ve had the best part of a month without playing other than that one match.”

Ludlow’s Division Two game at home to Gornal was also postponed last weekend.