STOURBRIDGE boss Gary Hackett is set to be handed an injury boost ahead of this Saturday's FA Trophy clash with St Neots Town.

The Glassboys have endured a difficult few days after last Saturday's disappointing 0-0 draw with Witton was followed by Monday night's Integro League Cup exit at the hands of Alvechurch.

Stour lost 4-2 against their Southern League rivals after finding themselves four down at the break. Two second half goals from returning striker Luke Benbow wasn't enough for Hackett's men to salvage anything from the contest.

However, attention quickly turns to the second qualifying round of the Trophy, and the Glassboys are due to have more options at their disposal by the weekend.

Striker Kyle Perry missed Monday night's clash with an ankle injury but is back for the St Neots showdown.

He is also likely to be joined by key midfielder Tom Tonks and versatile Harriers loanee Kennedy Digie.

Winger Matt Dodd and defender Darryl Westlake are also rated as 50/50 to feature.

Meanwhile, Hackett says Glassboys' fans will be rewarded for their patience with hitman Benbow.

He said: "Luke got another 90 minutes under his belt and got in the goals. In the second half he showed signs that he is getting his sharpness back.

"Everyone has to be patient with him but he is still in better shape than I thought he would be. If we can be patient then he will reward us, as he has shown before. The one thing with Luke is he's a match-winner."

The boss at the War Memorial Ground is also keen to move on quickly from Monday night's cup exit.

He added: "We were still missing six outfield players but it was a game I could still learn a lot from, especially that first 45 minutes.

"It's not a competition I'm a big fan of and we certainly won't dwell on being out of it. We already play enough games before you start to add in the FA Cup, FA Trophy and Birmingham Senior Cup.

"That doesn't mean we weren't taking it seriously, but it means we won't lose sleep over being out of it.

"There are always positives to take when you look at the performances of Alex Cameron and the debut of Jack Timmins or the way we fought back to get two goals.

"We now go into a big FA Trophy game on Saturday and there is plenty more to come from this team. Everyone is looking forward to it.

"It's not been easy over the last few weeks with the players that have moved on but we are still well placed in the league, have had a good run in the FA Cup and can now look to push on again."