Hurren and Fitz join Glassboys cause

Jordan Fitzpatrick

Jordan Fitzpatrick

First published in Sport

STOURBRIDGE head to Southern League leaders Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday with boss Gary Hackett warning “we don’t fear anybody.”

New signings Gavin Hurren and Jordan Fitzpatrick will be part of a Glassboys squad which has struggled for consistency in recent weeks in Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

Hackett’s men have won just one in five league games but the manager feels belief is gradually starting to return.

He said: “There is no denying our confidence has taken a hit in recent weeks but the signs of improvement are there.

“Hemel have scored a lot of goals this season and we have scored a lot of goals, it should be a cracking game.

“But we don’t fear anybody, I know we will get stronger.

“We have flattered to deceive at times so far this season but I’m pretty sure the consistency will come.”

Former Kidderminster Harriers defender Hurren, who was part of the Harriers 2007 FA Trophy runners-up side, signed last Friday and made a substitute appearance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Frome Town.

He then started in Tuesday’s 3-0 Worcestershire Senior Cup win over Evesham United. Midfielder Fitzpatrick, who can list Hereford United and Worcester City among his former clubs, signed after the Evesham game.

While their arrival will boost the squad, the Glassboys look likely to be without popular wideman Sam Rock for the rest of the season after he suffered a suspected anterior cruciate ligament injury against Frome.

Hackett said: “If we see Sam before the end of the season it will be an absolute bonus.

“It was one of those where his studs got stuck in the turf, he went one way and his knee went the other.

“It was clear right away he was in serious pain.

“It’s a real shame for him, he always gives everything to the team and is a very popular player in the dressing room.”

He added: “I feel the signings of Gavin and Jordan will freshen things up a bit.

“They are both players with Conference experience and it will boost the other players and show supporters we are not resting on our laurels.

“By his own admission Gavin feels he has had too many clubs.

“We are a local club to him, his mum lives near the ground and if we can get him sharp we will have a very good player on our hands.

“He is excited by the change and it’s a similar story for Jordan.”

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