MANAGER Ian Long is keen to add his own chapter to Stourbridge's FA Cup history book.

The Glassboys have a proud record of going far in the famous competition under former manager Gary Hackett and Long is hoping to embrace that this weekend.

Stour host Stafford Rangers at the War Memorial Ground in the third qualifying round (3pm kick-off).

Long said: "It's a game we are looking forward to and the FA Cup is something the fans really get behind here.

"We had great support at Bromsgrove and at Coalville and the fans will hopefully turn out in numbers for us once again.

"I don't have the same pedigree in the competition as this club but hopefully we can go further together. I got knocked out at this stage with Alvechurch so if we win it will be the furthest I've got as a manager.

"It's going to be a tough game for us so hopefully the fans can make that difference.

"I went and watched Stafford against Kidderminster Harriers in the previous round and if you didn't know you'd think it was them who were the full-time side. They are very organised and looked a real threat going forwards against Harriers.

"They must be in a false position in the league at the moment and we'll have to be right at our best against them."

Stour go into the game on the back of last Saturday's 4-1 win at Kings Langley.

"It was a pleasing performance because it had lots of different aspects to it.

"Chay Tilt's goals was a cracking individual effort but involved some nice link-up with Aaron Lloyd.

"Tilt and Cooky (Kieran Cook) were really lively.

"The midfield has a bit more steel as well and we have players in there that offer something different.

"Tom Turton has that range of passing, Tom Tonks offers that steel and energy and Brad Birch is better in the air than the others. Fitness levels still need to be improved but we are getting there.

"We missed Dave Bellis a little because he picks up those second balls and does a lot of work for the team that can go unnoticed. He's had an ankle injury but should hopefully be back this weekend."

Long faces another selection headache as he has to choose between James Wren and Charlie Price in goal.

Price was between the sticks for Saturday's away success but Wren has been in brilliant form so far this season and should be over a groin injury and back in the mix to feature on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mitch Botfield has now left the War Memorial Ground to return to Alvechurch.

Long explained: "I've had him with me at Tividale and Alvechurch and he's been a fine servant for me.

"He felt his chances were going to be limited here and I didn't want to deny him the chance to go and play regular football. I'm not going to stop him from doing that and we have a lot of competition in this squad at the moment."

The boss also confirmed he's hoping to get the signing of another attacker over line before the weekend.