STOURBRIDGE manager Gary Hackett has hailed the impact of returning winger Matt Dodd.

The Glassboys are now up to fourth place in the Northern Premier League after Monday night's 2-0 victory over Hednesford Town at the War Memorial Ground.

Hotshot Jordan Archer again netted before fellow striker Ryan Rowe wrapped up the points.

However, the clash was also marked Dodd's first action since the wideman made a return to Amblecote last week.

He had moved to Hednesford in the summer after spending the previous two seasons with the Glassboys but chosen to return after just six games during his stint at Keys Park.

Hackett is delighted to have the tricky winger back on board.

He said: "It's great to have Matt Dodd back at the club and he played a big part in our win on Monday.

"There was a bit of pressure on him playing against the side he just left a few days before but he responded really well to it.

"We have lost a bit of width recently with the injury to Kayleden Brown but he now offers that.

"He didn't have his best season last season due to injury but everyone knows what he is capable off. He's as good as anyone in this league.

"He also feels loved at Stourbridge and the fans interact with that and he's the sort of character that thrives in that situation.

"Matt is also a big character off the field as well and will be a big boost to the dressing room."

Dodd's return follows the capture of two other new arrivals as Hackett looks to bolster his squad further.

Wideman Pierce Kiembi and midfielder Alex Solomon have also linked up.

Dodd didn't sign in time to feature in last Saturday's FA Cup clash with Loughborough Dynamo but Stour progressed without him to book a home tie against Southern Premier League outfit St Ives.

The clash will take place on Sunday, September 17 after being moved due to Stourbridge Cricket Club using the ground the day before.

Hackett was pleased with the way his side performed to bag back-to-back cup and league wins in the space of three days.

He said: "Loughborough was a tricky away tie but we were very comfortable in the end. We kept our patience and got the job done.

"We can now look forward to a home tie, which is nice to have after all the travelling we've done in the competition in recent years.

"The level of performance against Hednesford was excellent. One to 11 it was a complete performance and it was important to get our first home win of the season.

"It's no secret that we haven't been at our best in the early part of the season but for certain players it was their best game so far."

Stour now go to bottom side Stalybridge Celtic this Saturday.

"No one would have thought they'd be at the bottom and I think they are in a false position at the moment," added the boss. "We certainly won't be taking them lightly."