CLEE Hill United boss Wayne Whitbread admits he’s not sure what to expect when his table-topping side welcome Wellington Reserves this weekend.

Wellington were Clee’s main title rivals last season as Whitbread’s men won the Herefordshire League Premier Division crown at the first attempt.

Wellington were also the 2017-18 champions but sit in mid-table this season – however they hinted at a renaissance by thrashing title hopefuls Kington Town 5-1 last weekend.

At the same time, defending champions Hill were regaining top spot with a 4-0 win at Fownhope courtesy of goals from James Clifford, Stevie Preece, Dave Shorter and Ryan Clarke.

But boss Whitbread is fully aware of the importance of the next fortnight as Clee Hill host old foes Wellington then second-placed Malvern Town Reserves back-to-back.

Whitbread, whose side broke a four-game winless run by beating Fownhope, said: “Two results went our way with Kington and Malvern losing but it’s slightly worrying we have to play Wellington now after their result.

“However, we looked much more like our old selves on Saturday and passed the ball around well.

“We have been surprised about how Wellington have struggled this season but after the weekend we know it’s going to be a tough game – and we have a very difficult month coming up.

“Wellington look like they have turned the corner having beaten Kington 5-1 – because we struggled to score goals against Kington and they seem to have got them easily.”

Elsewhere, Ludlow Colts’ Premier Division game at Ledbury Town was rained off, while Ludlow Colts Reserves suffered a surprise 2-1 home reverse to Holme Lacy Reserves in Division One.

Jack Mear put Ludlow ahead but Lacy equalised before the interval and won it in the second half from the spot after a foul by Colts keeper Jim Edwards.