GARY Hackett admits it's time for some soul searching at Stourbridge after three successive league defeats.

The Glassboys have lost to Shaw Lane, Workington and Nantwich in their last three league outings as their push for a play-off place falters.

Stour did put up a fine showing in the FA Trophy to knock out Bradford Park Avenue following the Shaw Lane disappointment but then slipped to back-to-back losses at Workington and Nantwich to drop to 11th in the table.

They lost 2-1 at Workington last Saturday despite Luke Shearer finding the net and then failed to fire during Tuesday night's 2-0 loss at the Dabbers.

Hackett says everyone should now look at themselves after the latest loss, including himself.

He said: "We are maybe lacking a little confidence at the moment but you have to remember we have gone from a very complete performance against Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Trophy to losing the last two.

"There can be no excuses after Nantwich. We have underperformed and we have to look at ourselves.

"I will look at myself as well because I pick the team but the players also have to look at themselves as well. Too many didn't turn up again and we've had that same inconsistency all season."

The manager at the War Memorial Ground is also considering freshening up his options to keep his squad on their toes, adding: "We are actively searching for new players and hope to get a loan signing in before the weekend. Maybe the players need a kick up the backside.

"I've tried to keep some consistency with the team this season and the players have shown recently against Bradford that they have the ability, but they need to show it again and react in the right way this Saturday.

"It's a big game because pressure mounts very quickly in football, especially at this club with the expectation there is.

"We have to cope with that and show more."

Stourbridge will now face seventh-placed Farsley Celtic at Amblecote this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Matt Dodd returned against Nantwich and could take another step towards full fitness by featuring.

Bradon Hague is also ready to return to training after a long injury layoff but is still a few weeks from a first team appearance. Defender Jack Duggan is out until after the Christmas period due to a hamstring problem.

One highlight of a disappointing spell has seen midfielder Leon Broadhurst chalk up his 700th appearance for the Glassboys at Workington.

Hackett said: "The last few games have been disappointing but Leon's performances have still been very strong.

"If everyone had his attitude and level of drive then it would be a very easy job as a manager.

"He's a shining example of what you need and is as honest as the day is long. He'll also be the first to know that we need to improve things quickly at the moment."