This weekend sees Market Drayton and Whitchurch contest The North Shropshire Derby for the first time in three seasons.

Whitchurch, newly promoted to West Midlands Division One, will visit Keele University to play Drayton in a fixture that, down the years, has produced a lot of colour in some keenly fought games.

Such is the geographical distance between the towns a rivalry has always been evident; and thanks to a similar ability down the years – the contests have always been both a fight for supremacy in the table as well as local bragging rights.

Drayton have enjoyed a good start to the season and will look to continue after two convincing wins, including an impressive 0-4 win away at Wednesbury last weekend. Their stylish gameplay has been matched by the lethal finishing of Brendan Jones and a watertight, miserly defence led by Captain James Joule and Player-Manager Nick Reed.

Whitchurch, boasting a young and intelligent side, have had a more mixed start to their season; a good draw to Droitwich has been followed by a less than pleasing display away at Bloxwich – but such is the youth in their team they will look to build as the term progresses and will see this Saturday’s game as a platform onto greater things.

What is for sure is that this weekend’s action will not only decide who are the best side in North Shropshire for the present moment – but also give a good idea as to how both teams’ seasons will ultimately pan out.