STOURBRIDGE boss Ian Long says the performances of in-form goalkeeper James Wren are papering over the cracks for his side.

The Glassboys fought back with two injury time goals from Aaron Lloyd and Kristian Green to draw 2-2 at Peterborough Sports last Saturday.

However, despite that comeback, Long has issued a stark warning to his players that performances must improve sooner rather than later.

He said: "We were terrible and didn't deserve anything from the Peterborough game.

"We were lucky we didn't concede more. It was only poor finishing from them and a really good performance from James Wren that has kept us in it.

"He's one of the very best keepers in this league but at the moment he's papering over the cracks a little for everyone else.

"We were also missing Dave Bellis on Saturday and we lacked that energy in the middle of the park which is a worry.

"We just aren't playing at our best at the moment and some of our players are underperforming. That can't keep happening and the players know that."

Long wants to see a reaction when Stour head to the Victoria Ground to take on Bromsgrove Sporting in the FA Cup this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

"We were the better side against Bromsgrove when we met in the league even though they did bombard us in the last ten minutes with balls into the box.

"We kept the ball well at times and I think we deserved the win.

"It's a difficult draw for both clubs and they'll be at home in front of a partisan crowd. Those players that are lucky enough to get picked after Peterborough need to be much better.

"We have a strong squad to choose from and players that are waiting for their chance."

Meanwhile, Zac Foster has now left the club after struggling to get in the side ahead of the impressive full-back showing of Jordaan Brown this season.

Long has moved to bolster his left-back options by bringing in Cody Fisher from Stratford.