GLASSBOYS boss Gary Hackett has called for everyone at Amblecote to keep their feet on the ground as his side enter the festive season sitting pretty four points clear on top of the Evo Stik Southern League Central Premier Division.

Two goals from top marksman Luke Benbow followed an early opening strike from Aaron Hayden make sure Stourbridge finished up as the Christmas No.1 this week with their 3-0 success over Barwell.

But Hackett was quick to insist: "There's still a long, long way to go. We have to keep the momentum going and we have to try and keep clear of injuries. We can take nothing for granted!

"It's an unusual situation to find ourselves in as normally we're playing catch-up at this time of the season.

"This time, we've got points on the board and that can put considerable pressure on the teams behind us. We know from experience that it can be very hard.

"But we've got to be pleased with where we find ourselves. I expect us to do well every season but I'm also very well aware there are three big-hitters in this division with Kettering, Tamworth and Kings Lynn. They have massive resources at their disposal, so we cannot relax.

We have to be ready to put Plan B into place if required. that means people coming into the side, stepping up and taking the opportunity when it arises.

"That could well be the case as we have fitness doubts over goalkeeper James Wren and Callum Powell going into Christmas.

"It may be the case that we have to freshen things up in the New Year.

"But of course, if you'd offered me this position at Christmas, I would have taken it".

Hackett also paid tribute to the supporters who turned out in force for the Barwell game during a period when crowds traditionally drop off.

He said: "Our support has been marvellous. It helped that Wolves and Villa were playing on different days, while West Bromwich Albion were away from home.

"It does effect the gate when they are playing at the same time.

"But we've been very lucky in that respect picking up supporters from our FA Cup runs and we've managed to keep some of them and they have been wonderful for us".