HALESOWEN Town have no time to rest of their laurels this week but instead must start concentrating on picking up Southern League Central Division Premier points according to assistant manager Matt Clarke.

He has warned the players of the need to get their focus back on the league position ahead of this Saturday's trip to St Ives.

It follows a heady week where the Yeltz enjoyed a 3-2 FA Trophy triumph over Prescot Cables before clinching a Birmingham Senior Cup success over old rivals Tamworth courtesy of a penalty shoot-out.

But Clarke is more concerned about the league status, he said: "We don't want to end up in a relegation fight again.

"We're a different animal to last season and the minimum we'd be looking for this season is a mid-table position.

"Although we're not having to go north all the time this season, the division still presents different challenges.

"It's a very compact division and from third place to 16th or 17th in the table, anyone can beat anyone else.

"However, it isn't made any easier by the fact there are so many local derbies to play, but that is exciting in itself and the games give you an extra buzz."

Halesowen's progress in the Trophy was boosted by the inclusion of Lewis Reilly who has arrived at the Grove on an initial month's loan from Crewe Alexandra.

It's hoped Reilly will help fill the void left by the departure of striker James Roberts to Hereford.

Reilly soon made his mark, netting twice against Cables with Jack Kelly also on target.

However , the victory has been tempered by the prospect of a long distance trip to the north east where they face National League North frontrunners Spennymoor Town in the third qualifying round.

Clarke couldn't hide his dismay at the draw and said: "It's so disappointing, not just for the players but the supporters as well. We may even have to consider an overnight stop, but we will go there and we will be positive."

The Yeltz then host Barwell next Tuesday night and Clarke added: "The games start coming thick and fast at the moment. Although we're doing well in cup competitions, we must start putting points on the board.

"But it shows how far we've come this season that we can go to Royston Town, who were second in the table at the time and get a 0-0 draw with 10 men after Lee Hughes was sent off on 20 minutes, yet we've come away disappointed we didn't get more.

"We need to show the same spirit in the games coming up which will keep us in a good place."