DUDLEY Town chairman Steve Austin says the club won't have a new manager in place in time for this Saturday derby clash with Dudley Sports.

The Robins continue to struggle as they lost 3-1 at Wednesfield last Saturday and have now gone 13 games without a league win They remain second-from-bottom and will be led into the Sports showdown under the guidance of caretaker boss Ash Horton.

Austin confirmed: "Discussions are on-going at the moment and we won't be making a decision before the weekend."

The town chief was frustrated with last Saturday's loss and felt his side could have taken something from the game.

He said: "It's disappointing but we are struggling at the moment.

"We had the lion's share of possession but got hit on the break. I think we deserved to get something from the game but things don't quite go your way when you're down at the bottom."

One plus point for the Robins was the inclusion of under-18s Ryan Bridgwater, Jacob Hooper, Todd Ferrier and Jordan Davies last weekend.

On this Saturday's derby encounter, Austin added: "I don't think people outside the club will be expecting much from us but internally we need the points and want to do well."

Dudley continue to work with the league and council to resolve the pitch problems at the Dell Stadium.

Repair work is on-going as badgers continue to dig up the playing surface.

Town have reversed their fixture with Nuneaton Griff in the Midweek Floodlit Cup on December 6 and hope to have resolved the issue for their next home game on December 16.

Meanwhile, a charity clash between a Dudley Town X1 and Wolves All-Stars ended 3-1 to the hosts and successfully raised cash in support of the Mayors' Charities.