BOSS Paul Gazzard admitted Bashley would have to be at their best to avoid another Midlands mauling ahead of tomorrow’s trip to play-off-chasing Stourbridge.

The Glassboys’ home has rarely been a happy hunting ground for Bash who have lost their past three trips to Amblecote, shipping no fewer than 14 goals in the process.

And with his rookie charges rock bottom of the Southern League Premier Division, Gazzard reckons even a narrow defeat could be viewed as a good result.

“Stourbridge always provide a very tough test and will be buzzing after a good win at Weymouth,” he said.

“I don’t want to sound negative but if we were to go there and only lose by the odd goal we would have to take the positives from that.

"They are a strong side at home and it is a long way to travel, especially with an inexperienced bunch of players but I know the boys will turn up and give 100 per cent.”

Bash will hope their pursuit of the points will be boosted by the inclusion of new signing Luke Ansell, a centre-half from Totton & Eling, but fellow new boy Tony Rolls, a flexible young defender from Dorchester, will not be available.

Brad Morris should be back in the frame but Lewis Blackmore could be rested while he recovers from a knock. Midfielder Declan Edwards could miss the rest of the season as his injury woes continue.

Bash: (from) Jones, Ansell, Morris, Brookes, Roberts, Strickland, Marden, Kenna, Bulpitt, Soetan, Joyce, Odam, Davis, Flint, Gazzard, Colson, George.