LUDLOW and Church Stretton went goal crazy again as each romped to impressive Salop Leisure League victories – but both are expecting much sterner tests this weekend.

Stretton smashed Gobowen Celtic 6-0 to make it 15 goals in four games and go fifth in the early table, while Ludlow, in fourth, thrashed Wrockwardine Wood Juniors 7-2 to take their tally to 20.

Tom Everall hit a hat-trick for Ludlow as Jack Marston (2), Jordan Morris and Jack Mear also netted – but this Saturday’s opponents Madeley showed their scoring boots too by beating Newport 6-4.

Ludlow boss Chris Waldron said: “We played well and scored some good team goals but it was a game, before kick-off, we were expecting to win.

“I would expect tougher games to come than against the teams we’ve played so far and we only beat Madeley on penalties in the cup last season so I’m definitely expecting a tough game there.

“It was a great result for them against Newport, who are a decent side themselves.”

James Hill scored a hat-trick for the second successive game in Stretton’s win while Jack Davis also bagged a treble – but Scott Peever’s side must now travel to unbeaten league leaders Dawley Town.

“With the quality of players Dawley have, they’ve no business being in this division,” said Peever, “but it will be a good test for our young lads especially.

“We are under no illusions – it will be far, far harder than the last two weeks but hopefully we can go there and do ourselves justice.”

Elsewhere, Ludlow’s tenants Shawbury United kicked off the new West Midlands Premier League season with a 3-2 win at Darlaston Town via a Reiss Corfield double and an own goal.

In the Herefordshire Premier, Clee Hill United made it three wins from three with a 4-0 victory at Holme Lacy as Charlie Edwards, Craig Breakwell, Ryan Clarke and Sean Milward scored.

Ludlow Colts lost 2-1 at Bartestree despite a Morgan Millard goal, while their reserves drew 0-0 with Holme Lacy in Division One.

Tenbury United top Division One after thrashing Hinton Reserves 5-1 with goals from Tom Farr, Ryan Morris, Chris Patton, Michael Foster and Mike Morris but Tenbury Town lost 2-1 at Hereford Lads Club Reserves.