PAUL Smith has underlined the importance of Halesowen Town hitting the ground running when they finally return to league action.

The Yeltz go to Biggleswade this Saturday for what will be their first Division One Central clash in five games.

Town have been busy in cup action in recent weeks and continued their FA Trophy progress by overcoming Evesham 3-0 in Tuesday night's replay.

They had drawn the first clash 1-1 last Saturday but will now face Stamford in the first qualifying round on October 26.

Halesowen sit in sixth place in the league and are eight points off leaders Berkhamsted but with two games in hand.

Smith said: "It's very important for us now that we get more points on the board in the league.

"We are a number of games behind because of how well we have done in the cup competitions so we have to make sure we get back at it in the league.

"That is our bread and butter and while we wouldn't change how we have done in other competitions, especially with the added money it brings to the club, it does mean we have games in hand."

The manager was pleased to make the next round of the FA Trophy thanks to Tuesday's success.

He said: "It was a comprehensive win for us but it was a shame it wasn't Saturday.

"We weren't as fluid as we usually are so we tinkered with the shape a little and made five changes after looking a bit lethargic at the weekend.

"Add in the fact that the pitch is the best it has been and it all helped us get the job done and go into the next round.

"A really pleasing thing for us was the clean sheet. We know this side has goals in it but we have conceded a few as well so that clean sheet is a big positive and something we can build on."

Smith says he is now on the hunt for a couple of new players to freshen up his squad, especially after the news that George Forsyth suffered another broken metatarsal that will keep him out for six to eight weeks.

"I definitely want to add two more players to the squad if it's possible," added Smith. "We're on the lookout but they have to be the right players who fit in with how I like to work. I just think I need a few extra options in the squad."