Hackett preparing players for 'massive' game

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STOURBRIDGE could take a big step towards finishing in the Southern League Premier play-off places when they host St Albans City at the Memorial Ground.

The Glassboys, who currently lie in fifth position, will hope to show their cutting edge against fourth placed City on Saturday.

Manager Gary Hackett said he and his players are looking forward to the game, particularly after last weekend's match at Poole was abandoned just before kick-off.

"The game against St Albans is massive, he said. "We are all really looking forward to the game and know we could do ourselves a big favour by winning."

Meanwhile, Stourbridge have appealed to the FA over defender Will Richards' recent red card and are hopeful his ban will be overturned. It is believed he was the victim of mistaken identity.

"We have video and photographic evidence that shows Will was four yards away when the challenge that resulted in the red card was made," said Hackett.

The club has agreed to part company with former Hemel Hempstead player Tom Berwick by mutual consent.

Injuries and a lack of match fitness stalled the start of his Glassboys spell following his arrival last month.

Fans who travelled to Poole by official coaches will be reimbursed by the club.

Hackett said: "Fans will be getting money back after the Poole game was called off. It was a situation that shouldn't have happened. A decision should have been made a lot sooner."

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