Gary Hackett: Three points all that matters

By Matt Maher | Non league | Published:

Boss Gary Hackett hailed Stourbridge's resilience as they battled the conditions to beat Royston and go third in the Evo-Stik Premier Central.

Gary Hackett

Callum Powell's controversial 87th minute winner earned the Glassboys a dramatic 2-1 win at a War Memorial Ground buffeted throughout by high winds.

Robbie Thompson-Brown had earlier fired the hosts ahead, only for Chris Assombalonga to level following a mistake by Stour keeper James Wren.

Hackett's men have now won five games in the spin in all competitions and are unbeaten in ten.

He said: "The three points are the main thing. It has been incredibly difficult with the conditions. It made a lottery of the game.

"As a spectacle it wasn't great but we have come away with three points.

"It was a great finish to win it and we saw it out reasonably comfortably after that.

"The league is our bread and butter. We had good runs in the cup last year but our league position should have been better. There is no getting away from that.

"I think we have a different set of players this year. We have dug in when we are under the cosh and done the same today."


Powell's winner led to near chaotic scenes, as Royston boss Steve Castle was sent-off for his protests with the visitors Jordan Norvell-Williams had been fouled in the build-up.

Castle then got into a furious row with Stourbridge fans as he left the field.

Asked about the incident which led to the goal, Hackett said: "I would love to say an Arsene Wenger style comment at this point but it was right in front of me!

"I have seen them given, let's just say that. Don't get me wrong, they are a good side, with good players."

On Castle's reaction to the crowd, he replied: "I am a manager and you get wound up but you can't do that. Fans anywhere are looking to bait people. Of course you don't want to react but you can't.

"He will learn a lesson because he is going to be hit in the pocket. It will be reported. He reacted poorly."

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher
Football MMPJ - @mjmarr_star

Sports journalist for the Express & Star


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