STOURBRIDGE kept the heat on league leaders Kettering as they battled back to beat Biggleswade Town on Tuesday night.

A penalty from Greg Mills and a free-kick from Robert Thompson-Brown handed the Glassboys all three points despite Stuart Pierpoint's first half own goal.

Boss Gary Hackett left key trio Callum Power, Luke Benbow and Thompson-Brown on the bench but still saw his side return to winning ways following last Saturday's 1-1 stalemate with Tamworth.

The victory also saw Stour cut the gap to Kettering to just three points as their promotion rivals conceded late on to draw 4-4 at home to rejuvenated Redditch United.

Hackett was pleased with the comeback victory, saying: "Jordaan Brown was injured in the warm up and it meant Stuart Pierpoint had to come in at the last minute.

"But he did a really well and you wouldn't want anyone else in that situation.

"Apart from a unfortunate own goal, which he couldn't do anything about, he had a great game and was trustworthy and reliable and just what we needed.

"Despite that disruption it was a dogged and hard working performance from us. We weren't at our best in the first half but showed good character to come from behind and if anyone was going to win it it was us.

"I chose to change things up because I felt like we needed some fresh legs. Robert Thompson-Brown has played almost every game this season and was just looking a little jaded at the weekend.

"The players understood my decision and they all had an impact from the bench. I now have a few difficult decisions to make for the weekend."

The boss was also full of praise for Mills after the attacker bagged his 10th goal in his last six games.

He added: "Greg took his time to get started and had an injury early in the season but he's worked really hard and is now on great form for us.

"He plays with a big smile on his face and is a big character off the field as well.

"He has been doing brilliantly in recent weeks and there is no reason why he can't maintain those same standards. Everyone here is absolutely delighted for him."

The Glassboys will look to pick up another three points when they travel to St Neots Town this Saturday.

Aris Christophorou and Brown will both have ankle injuries assessed ahead of the weekend.

One big positive, however, is that midfielder Tom Tonks is edging closer to featuring again. He has missed the start of the season after surgery on an ankle problem but could return within the next fortnight.