STORM Dennis soon made its presence felt by washing out the entire West Midlands League Premier programme at the weekend.

But from Bewdley Town's perspective, severe damage had already been inflicted earlier in the week when they suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at Ludlow-based Shawbury United.

Goals from Ryan Grosvenor and Dan Walker put a huge dent in Bewdley's title prospects and although Dylan Hart pulled a late goal back, he couldn't prevent the Ribbesford Meadow side from leaving Ludlow empty handed.

The result has handed leaders Shifnal Town a significant advantage as they maintain a three point gap ahead of Bewdley, but now have the luxury of two games in hand.

The importance of Bewdley's defeat could become more compelling next Saturday when the two leaders clash in Shropshire.

Prior to that, Bewdley were due to host Wolves Sporting Community on Tuesday - weather permitting.

There was another key contest earlier in the week at the opposite end of the table when next to bottom Cradley Town clashed with fellow strugglers Wem Town.

The contest proved a complete disaster for Cradley who crashed 5-1 at their Shropshire rivals, James Griffiths grabbing a hat-trick while Will Lygo lashed home two more goals to leave Sean Geddes' side empty handed.

Third from bottom Wem now rise to seven points clear of Cradley who can at least console themselves with the fact they have three games in hand.

Cradley were scheduled to visit Tividale based Smethwick Rangers on Wednesday ahead of Saturday's trip to Pershore Town.

Basement side Dudley Sports remain two points adrift of Cradley but will attempt to close the gap when they travel to Shawbury on Saturday.

Black Country Rangers were bidding to progress in the Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Cup on Tuesday when they were due to host Atherstone Town at Hillcrest Avenue.

Sixth placed Black Country Rangers return to Brierley Hill on Saturday for league action when they host Wednesfield.

Dudley Town's credentials for a top four finish will be put to the test this Saturday when they make the short trip to third placed Wolves Casuals.