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Glassboys go in search of more FA Cup glory
3:05pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Local
STOURBRIDGE Football Club are preparing for their biggest game of the season when they entertain Manchester based Curzon Ashton in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round tomorrow at their Amblecote ground - writes Nick Pullen
A bumper crowd is expected as the Stourbridge based Glassboys go in search of further Cup glory which has been a feature of the club in recent years.
It was only four years ago that the Glassboys reached the First Round Proper for the first time in their long and illustrious history.
On that occasion, Stourbridge narrowly lost out to Walsall.
Two years ago, Stourbridge did even better, reaching the Second Round, where they finally lost out to League One side Stevenage Borough, having earlier claimed the prize scalp of Plymouth Argyle.
Curzon Ashton are no strangers to recent FA Cup success either.
Four years ago they removed Exeter City from the competition, before going out themselves.
Stourbridge manager Gary Hackett is under no illusions of the task ahead after masterminding their two previous FA Cup runs and claimed: "Of course, when you've tasted some FA Cup success, you want more.
"We know what an FA Cup run can bring to a club. Apart from the result, it helps raise the profile of the club with everything else that goes with it".
Hackett has a few selection posers ahead of the game.
He recently brought back former skipper Paul McCone to play in defence, but McCone is cup-tied for tomorrow's game having already played in this season's competition for previous club Leamington.
Hackett also has an injury doubt over experienced full back Paul Lloyd who is trying to shake-off a knee problem in time to play.
If Lloyd fails to recover in time, Hackett will be left having to completely reshuffle his defence
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