SHAWBURY United must take confidence from their displays against the West Midlands Premier’s other leading lights when second-placed Bewdley visit on Saturday, says assistant boss Sean Evans.

United have beaten two of the other top four – Dudley Town and Worcester Raiders – this season and put in a creditable performance in defeat at runaway leaders Shifnal.

Evans said: “Bewdley have had a very good start to the season but they do have weaknesses and it’s up to us to exploit them.

“We have shown we can mix it with the bigger teams, we showed that when we won at Dudley Town, who are a good side.

“We have three or four games in hand on a few teams already and if we can win those then we can really force ourselves into the reckoning in the top part of the division.”

United’s league trip to Black Country Rangers was rained off last weekend and, after the Bewdley test, they face another trip east on Tuesday to Wolverhampton Sporting Community.

Shawbury already have games in hand on most teams in the league and Evans is grateful they have the option of the 3G pitch at Ludlow to prevent fixtures piling up too much.

He added: “We are already playing catch-up after doing so well in the cups and we want to get as many games on as possible.

“We are quite lucky we haven’t had to use the 3G pitch yet but it’s a good option to have and it’s probably one of the best, if not the best, facilities in the league.”