STOURBRIDGE boss Gary Hackett wasn't looking for excuses after his side suffered play-off heartache with defeat at Alvechurch.

Stour took the lead with a disputed Greg Mills penalty at the end of the first half but second half strikes from sub Andre Landell and forward James Roberts gave Church a 2-1 victory.

The clash took place at Lye Meadow after Stourbridge gave up home advantage so the game could go ahead. The fixture had previously been rescheduled four times by the Southern League before it was eventually agreed it could take place at Church.

However, the Glassboys’ boss didn't want to blame the upheaval for the fact their season came to an end in disappointing fashion.

He said: “We were 1-0 up at half time and you have to go about getting the basics right and game management.

“But the first goal is appalling. It’s a gift and the game changed very quickly after that and they got another one.

“After that the game petered out and we fell short.

“You can’t look for excuses. Yes, this week has been embarrassing to say the least and we had to give up home advantage but it’s still a game over 90 minutes and we fell short.

“I didn’t think they were great or magnificent but I just thought they had that little bit extra today that we didn’t and that’s something that is very hard to take.”