CHURCH Stretton boss Scott Peever fears his side’s slight drop-off since Christmas could cost them promotion from West Midlands League Division Two.

Last Saturday’s goalless draw at leaders FC Darlaston kept Stretton – who visit third-bottom Rock Rovers this weekend – in the top two but they have picked up just five points from a possible last 15.

Stretton’s 23-goal top scorer Dean Richards had their best chance but was denied by the Darlaston keeper while the hosts twice hit the woodwork.

Third-placed Gornal Colts are level on points with Stretton and have a game in hand, leaving Peever admitted: “It’s probably gone now.

“We thought if we finished with three wins that would be enough but Gornal know they have a bit of room for error now which takes the pressure off them.

“We are relying on other results and a lot of teams haven’t got much to play for so you wonder how motivated they will be.

“We had put ourselves in a good position the way we started but from Christmas onwards we’ve fallen away a bit.”

Shawbury United, meanwhile, remain in Premier Division relegation danger after a 6-0 humbling at home to Haughmond.