GLASSBOYS boss Gary Hackett says he'll have to bring in fresh faces to help his side cope with a hectic end to the season.

Stour now face 15 games over the next seven weeks as they look to wrap up a disappointing campaign.

Defender Darryl Westlake and midfielder Leon Broadhurst both missed Tuesday's night's 4-1 loss at title-chasing Altrincham.

Aris Christophorou, Aaron Forde and Tom Tonks are also trying to manage injuries at present and Hackett admits his squad isn't strong enough to handle the gruelling schedule.

He said: "I know we need to get people in because we have a lot of games still to play.

"At the moment the present squad won't be able to cope with that.

"Aris and Tom are both carrying niggles and Aaron Forde's hamstring was tight was well.

"We need to bring more players in and I'm frantically making calls to get a few things over the line before Saturday."

Hackett highlighted his squad's fitness levels as one reason for their poor showing at Altrincham.

He added: "First of all we have to give a lot of credit to Altrincham. They played very well and showed really good movement and interlinking.

"It was the best performance against us in 45 minutes that we've seen from any team all season.

"We did that to teams last season but it was hard to take now.

"That said, we didn't do ourselves justice either. We haven't trained for 12 days because of the weather and that showed.

"I was disappointed in one or two of the players because we'd asked them to do their own fitness work. That must not have happened properly because in the end they were found wanting."

One positive to come out of the defeat was appearances from youngsters Jake Evans and Louis Hall.

Hackett added: "We did battle in that second half and a few of the young lads came on and they were a bit of a shining light for us.

"I definitely won't think twice about using them again before the end of the season."

The Glassboys will now look to hit back when they go to Matlock Town this Saturday.

Broadhurst remains sidelined with injury but Westlake should return.