Richards rattles home late winner

First published in Football

VERSATILE Will Richards came to the rescue this week when converting the only goal to give Stourbridge a much needed 1-0 Southern League success over Premier newboys Burnham.

Richards started the game in central defence but was flung forward during the latter stages in an attempt to break the goal drought.

The move worked a treat with Richards converting Roland Agbor’s 74th minute cross to seal the points.

Glassboys boss Gary Hackett said: “Will is turning out to be a very good signing. He’s already scored some very important goals for us, but he’s equally at home in the heart of the defence as well.”

Stourbridge now turn their attentions to the FA Cup and a first qualifying round trip to Evesham United on Saturday.

Hackett is under no illusions of what the game represents.

He said: “We have fantastic memories of two great FA Cup runs in the past four years and once you’ve had a taste of it, of course you want more.

“Although Evesham haven’t had a great start, we’ll be taking nothing for granted. It’s cup football and they’re one off games.

“We’re looking forward to the game and playing Evesham in their new ground and I’m sure we’ll have plenty of support there.

“But we’re going there for a reason and one reason alone, to make sure we’re in the hat for the next round”.

Stourbridge will be missing Ben Billingham, who is still suffering from a kick on his achilles.

Hackett has also sent former Kidderminster Harriers defender Michael Briscoe to Causeway United and full back Paul Lloyd to Stourport Swifts in a bid to get games under their belt.

Hackett insisted: “They’re simply getting their fitness levels up.”

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