STOURBRIDGE will head into Saturday's clash with struggling St Ives Town looking to build on a hard-fought win at Stratford Town last weekend.

Goals from Aaron Nicholls and Tom Tonks saw the Glassboys come back from a goal down to claim at 2-1 win at Stratford.

And boss Ian Long was quick to praise the character of his injury-hit side, who now sit in 13th place in the Southern League Premier Central Division, but with a bunch of games in hand on the sides above them.

Long said: "We showed great character to get back into the game - we came back from behind, which was pleasing.

"We are still a bit off from where we need to be - we have a few players coming back from injury now, Kristian Green, Jamie Willets and Josh Ezwele will help us establish a solid back four, which we have been missing.

"What has happened this season is we have had groups of players out in key areas - we're just getting the back sorted now, and our target men in Andre Brown and Aaron Lloyd are out!

"We're looking to get a couple of wide men in now, and hopefully it will settle down soon. If it does, I believe we have a squad that can challenge, especially if we can start picking up points from our games in hand."

Goalkeeper James Wren is the latest casualty for Long after he injured his knee in training.

Stourbridge follow up the home clash with St Ives on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) with a trip to Long's former club Alvechurch next Tuesday night.