GLASSBOYS boss Gary Hackett says his side gave Halesowen the "lifeline" they needed to cause a derby upset at Amblecote.

Stour were twice hit on the break as Dan Udoh's first half double handed the Yeltz a 2-1 victory.

Ryan Rowe pulled one back for the hosts in the second half but it wasn't enough for them to salvage something from the clash.

Hackett said: "One thing you'll find with football is that it's not predictable. I'm sure there were a lot of people who came down here expecting a Stourbridge win would be a formality.

"I certainly didn't think that and have got to say, for the first two goals, we were very poor. They have come from our own attacks.

"We've gifted Halesowen two goals and given them a lifeline. Credit to them afterwards, they defended very well but we have given them that lifeline.

"It was Halesowen's day today. It's a horrible thing with the support we have had but you have to take it on the chin.

"No doubt about it, we had underperforming footballers today. It's very frustrating.

"We're all very disappointed but that's the unpredictability of football.

"Horrible for me to say but well done to Halesowen, they've had their little cup final today and we've been beaten at home."

The Glassboys had to do without absent eight-goal striker Jordan Archer for the clash but Hackett wasn't using that as an excuse.

He added: "I knew about Jordan. It's his uncle's wedding in Spain and he told me six to eight weeks ago and there is nothing he can do about that, it's a family wedding.

"Of course we missed him because you miss good players but I don't want to offer excuses. On the day it didn't work for us.

"Sometimes it just becomes Halesowen's day and as much as it grieves me to say, well done to them. They did defend well but if you give teams lifelines then you're going to find it very hard."