GARY Hackett has challenged his Stourbridge players to carry their FA Trophy form into this weekend's crucial league clash at Workington.

The Glassboys booked their place in the first round of the competition by beating National League North outfit Bradford Park Avenue on Monday night.

The 2-1 replay success came thanks to Luke Shearer's calm finish and an own goal as Stour set-up a battle at Leamington on December 16.

Hackett is now targeting three points at seventh-placed Workington this Saturday as his side looks to cut the gap to the Northern Premier League's play-off places.

The boss said: "It's well documented that our home form has been below par this season and it's been disappointing for us not to be able give the fans more to cheer.

"That wasn't the case against Bradford though and we really did put up a very good performance.

"I think we surprised them a little compared to the first leg, where we were more defensive. For the replay we came out on the front foot and put in an all-action display.

"We have now got to make sure we do that consistently, starting at Workington.

"They have a really good home record but we will prepare properly and look to take the confidence from the FA Trophy win into the game."

The Glassboys will still be without commanding defender Jack Duggan and winger Matt Dodd through injury.

Duggan has picked up niggling back troubles related to the shoulder injury he suffered last season. The Stour medical staff hope he's only a couple of weeks away after finally getting to the bottom of the problem.

Dodd, meanwhile, is still working to overcome an ankle injury and will still be unable to feature this weekend.

However, Hackett was keen to praise Stourbridge's strikeforce after more positive signs.

Luke Benbow, Shearer and Kyle Perry have all found the back of the net in recent weeks.

He said: "It's a new strikeforce and they have had to get used to playing with each other.

"The more they play, the better they'll get. You are starting to see that understanding now.

"Kyle Perry is a different striker to play with compared to Jordan Archer, but no less effective. You could see that both Lukes are starting to link up well with him now.

"Hopefully they can all be a massive positive for us."