Hackett full of praise as Glassboys bounce back

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GLASSBOYS boss Gary Hackett has praised his players for the way they bounced back to winning ways against Nantwich Town.

Stourbridge, who had failed to win or score in their previous three outing, dominated their rivals at Amblecote on Tuesday night to claim a much-needed victory.

The final 5-3 scoreline failed to reflect the home side's superiority. Only defensive errors kept their stubborn visitors in the contest.

Hackett said it was the perfect answer to last Saturday's 1-0 loss away to Workington.

"It was very important to bounce back the way we did. We were very impressive," he said.

"The players performed really well, I'm delighted for them.

"It wasn't the fact that we lost against Workington, it was the way we got beat. The performance was unacceptable and harsh words were said.

"However, we responded in a positive fashion. There are goals in this team and I think the 5-3 scoreline flattered Nantwich a little."

A Luke Benbow hat-trick helped them to the three points.

Keen to make up for Saturday's away defeat, it was the Glassboys that were quickest out of the blocks.

A quick-fire Benbow brace blitzed the visitors and put Stour well in control with just 15 minutes on the clock.

His first came after nine minutes when he turned well on the edge of the box and curled a brilliant effort in off the far post.

He then bagged a second when powerfully meeting a Kyle Haynes cross from the right to head past helpless keeper Terry Smith.

The home side continued to come forward and confirmed their dominance when Kayelden Brown's fine solo effort put them 3-0 up just after the half hour mark.

He picked up the ball half way inside the Nantwich half, drove towards goal and fired into the bottom left hand corner.

However, with half time approaching, the visitors were handed a lifeline in the contest when Chris Knight misjudged a bouncing ball. Steve Lewis pounced on the mistake and slotted past the advancing Dean Coleman to make it 3-1 at the break.

The second half continued with Stourbridge looking to threaten at every opportunity.

They pulled further away from Nantwich when Will Richards rose to meet a corner in the 57th minute. His initial effort was saved by Smith before Chris Knight made amends for his earlier mistake by reacting quickest to fire home the rebound.

However, Nantwich wouldn't lie down and got a goal back just six minutes later. After some frantic Glassboys' defending, Harry Clayton found the back of the net after Andy White's long-range shot came back off the post with Coleman stranded.

The game then had to be delayed for ten minutes on the 67th minute mark after the assistant referee pulled a muscle.

A replacement was found from the stands to run the line for the rest of the half.

It was Gary Hackett's men that once again started the better of the two sides following the delay.

Benbow completed his brilliant hat-trick by firing home in devastating fashion after beating the off-side trap to get in behind the Nantwich defence.

Just as the Stour faithful thought they could relax, Nantwich took advantage of another mistake to once more reduce the home side's lead to two.

Jordan Johnson latched onto a poor clearance from keeper Coleman to lob the ball into an empty net.

However, Stourbridge negotiated the 15 minutes of added time to claim a much-needed and well-deserved three points.

Stourbridge have signed striker Reece Hales on a month's loan from Conference neighbours Kidderminster Harriers.

The 19-year-old will be available to make his debut in this Saturday's league visit to Trafford FC.

Meanwhile, summer recruit Alex Dallison has left the club and signed for Chasetown.

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