BOSS Scott Peever hopes the ‘Liverpool effect’ strikes Church Stretton’s rivals in the West Midlands Division Two promotion race.

Leaders Stretton saw their final league game of the season called off due to a late cancellation by visitors Wolverhampton United last Saturday.

The game is likely to be rearranged for this weekend and Peever wants a win to pile the pressure on FC Darlaston and Gornal Colts who can go above Stretton by winning their remaining games in hand.

He said: “Wolverhampton couldn’t get a side together and they told us at 10.30am last Saturday which was a bit frustrating as the lads had set the pitch up and everything.

“Our secretary emailed the league to see what would happen about the game and they were having a meeting about it yesterday.

“Usually they would just award us the three points but because we can still theoretically win the league, they are going to make us play it.

“We understand that – in terms of the integrity of the league, we have to play the fixture.

“But it’s frustrating it was called off in the first place because (with Gornal and Darlaston in League Cup action last weekend) we could have gone four points clear of them.

“That would have put a little bit of pressure on them and you only have to ask Liverpool what that’s like!

“Fingers crossed one of them slips up – we just have to put the points on the board and see what happens.”

In the Premier Division, meanwhile, Shawbury United sank deeper into relegation bother with a 6-0 defeat at home to high-flying Wolverhampton Casuals.

The loss leaves 17th-placed Shawbury one place and one point above the bottom three – with two of the three sides below them enjoying games in hand.

A massive fortnight beckons as Shawbury – who do not have a game this weekend – face three of the bottom five, starting away at 16th-placed Dudley Sports on Tuesday night.