GRASSROOTS football resumes this weekend with Ludlow FC boss Chris Waldron excited about its return.

With the Salop Leisure League null and void due to the lengthy lockdown, a Champions League style competition of two groups is being introduced.

The top two in each group progress to the semi-finals – Ludlow begin away at Newport on Saturday in a group also featuring Steam Wagon United, Albrighton, Shifnal and Wrockwardine.

“It will just be good to be back playing football,” said Waldron.

“It’s not the same as the league but at least there’s a prize at the end of it.”

Church Stretton, however, have decided not to participate in the competition.

Boss Scott Peever explained: “Availability was going to be an issue as a lot of the lads have got used to working on a Saturday and it looked like becoming a chore to get a team out.

“It’s effectively only a friendly cup competition and we also have issues with the pitch clashing with the start of the cricket season, so we are just going to start again next season.”

The Herefordshire League Premier Division also resumes this Saturday, with Clee Hill United visiting Hereford Pegasus Reserves and Ludlow Colts travelling to Ewyas Harold.

Ludlow Colts Reserves and Tenbury Town host Burghill Rangers and Bromyward Downs respectively in the Herefordshire Junior Cup.