10:42am Thursday 1st August 2013
GARY Hackett has hinted he will be trimming his Stourbridge squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to local rivals Halesowen Town.
Hackett was less than impressed by some of his player’s performances following the 3-2 win over Evesham United.
He said: “There will be a couple of players going out after the game against Tipton Town.
“From the Evesham game, it was clear that some of the players are ready to start the season now, but others are not, so they can expect two weeks of intensive training ahead.
“It doesn’t matter so much about what we do now, it’s about being ready for the game against Totton on August 17.
“Things can change very quickly in football and I still wouldn’t rule out bringing anybody in.
“If there’s someone available the Friday before we go to Totton and I think they can improve the side, then I wouldn’t hesitate to sign them.”
Hackett was missing several regulars from the game with Calor Southern League Division One South and West side Evesham, where recently signed central defender Henry Eze had a first half to forget.
Eze, who used to play for the Robins, opened the scoring for Evesham by lobbing the ball over his own goalkeeper Dean Coleman.
Then he headed a cross from former Glassboys favourite Linden Dovey into his own net.
Sandwiched in between was a well taken Luke Benbow goal.
And Benbow featured for Stourbridge’s second goal having been brought down for Sean Geddes to net from the penalty spot.
It was former Watford and Ilkeston Town striker Dereece Gardner who despatched the winning goal when converting Benbow’s cross from close range.
Stourbridge, who played Tipton last night, continue their pre-season programme with a trip to Dudley Town’s Dell Stadium next Wednesday before rounding off their preparations with a visit to Conference North side Solihull Moors.
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