MANAGER Gary Hackett underlined Stourbridge's desire to defend the Birmingham Senior Cup after their quarter-final victory over rivals Halesowen Town.

The Glassboys booked a semi-final spot at home to Nuneaton Borough with a 1-0 win over the Yeltz thanks to Luke Benbow's first half strike.

Hackett was pleased with the first half attacking play despite the fact his side's couldn't kill off Town in the second period.

He said: "I thought some of our football in the first half was outstanding. It was a very one sided 1-0 and if we'd have gone in four or five up it would have been a true reflection.

"The quality was so high but the second half it died a death for us. They obviously picked up, I'm sure Rob (Smith, manager) has said a few words at half time but, and this is not being negative towards Halesowen, I don't think they've had a shot on target all game.

"This is the quarter-final of the Birmingham Senior Cup and it's definitely a trophy we want to defend. We had a magnificent night out at Birmingham City last season and we want the same again, so we're very pleased.

"We're in the semi-final and have a home tie against Nuneaton. It's a good night's work.

"Confidence was a little bit fragile on Saturday but some of the link-up play between some of our players tonight was great. If you're watching Manchester City play like that you'd be eulogising, so for the level we're playing at I thought we were outstanding."

The boss also thinks momentum is key as his side look to end the season strongly.

They now welcome St Neots to Amblecote following last Saturday's 2-0 home success over Biggleswade Town.

"We've taken two points a game but it's just that Kettering have been remarkable and have won 20 out of 28 games," added Hackett. "We've just got to keep going."