STOURBRIDGE will be without a key trio for their clash with St Ives this weekend.

The Glassboys will be without star striker Luke Benbow, midfielder Aaron Forde and winger Callum Powell.

Forde will serve a one-game ban following his sending off at Royston last Saturday, Benbow will remain sidelined for another 10 days with a groin strain and Powell will be missing with a hamstring injury.

Stour will have to cope without the three players as they looking to hit back quickly after losing 3-2 at Royston.

They found themselves two goals behind at the break before Brad Birch and Forde drew them level in the second half.

However, a second yellow for Forde and a late penalty for the hosts saw the Glassboys leave empty handed.

They now welcome St Ives to the War Memorial Ground keen to make sure they stay on track for second place in Southern League Central. They are now just four points ahead of third-placed King's Lynn following the disappointment at Royston.

Manager Gary Hackett said: "All in all it was a decent performance from us but it was a result that hurt in the way it happened, especially after we'd worked so hard to get back into it.

"We didn't deserve to be two goals down but then we scored two very good goals to get back into it.

"Two rash decisions have then cost us at the end of the game and stopped us at least coming away with a point.

"If we'd have finished the game with ten men then I think we'd still have had enough. That happens in football and we'll move on quickly.

"We know it's important that we finish in second place but you have to expect teams to be chasing you down at this stage of the season.

"Everyone knew that King's Lynn had underachieved at the start of the season and they are now finishing strong.

"I'd rather be in our position at the moment. Our form has improved recently and the players will be keen to get back in action against St Ives.

"They have also picked up recently so we won't be taking them lightly."

Meanwhile, Hackett ruled out any new signings ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline.

"We've decided to go with the squad we have the players that have served us so well this season," he added.

"We managed to strengthen with a couple of additions recently so we won't be adding any more. We're very happy with what we have."