STRIKER Dreniz Bala hit four goals in Cradley Town's FA Vase clash with Bromyard after making a return to the club.

The forward re-signed for the Hammers from Bilton Town last Friday as a replacement for the departing Geoff Hill.

Bala, who was with Cradley last season, linked back up with boss Andy Wyton and quickly hit the ground running in the 7-1 Vase victory at the Beeches last Saturday.

A Josh McKenzie strike and an own goal added to Bala's tally as the home side booked a place in the next round. They will now face Walsall Wood at home on September 23.

Wyton is happy to have Bala back and thinks it was a professional showing against Bromyard.

He said: "I'm really pleased to have signed Dreniz again. We know all about each other and he's a player that will score goals for us.

"He wasn't fully fit last season but can be a big player this time around.

"We could have scored more than seven but you have to be happy with that. We were ruthless and got the job done. It was a professional performance in a competition that is very important for the club."

Town will go to Smethwick this Saturday as they look to build on their encouraging start to the West Midlands Premier League season.

They sit in fourth place after picking up 16 points from nine games.

Wyton said: "I'm reasonably happy with the start but do feel there are some games we shouldn't have lost.

"Sometimes we need to work much harder rather than just letting our ability get us through.

"Improving our workrate will be how we improve as a side. If we can do that then we're capable of beating anyone on our day."