Manager Ian Long says Stourbridge’s brilliant FA Cup comeback against Whitby can give his squad the belief they need to make it a season to remember.

Stour fought back from two goals down to beat Whitby 3-2 and book their place in the first round of the FA Cup.

The Glassboys failed to live with an early aerial bombardment from their visitors and had it all to do to make the next round.

However, a Dave Bellis first half strike, as well as a penalty save from James Wren, meant the hosts were still in it for the second half.

Late strikes from super sub Alex Nicholls and defender Kristian Green saw Stour come out on top of the five-goal thriller in front of over 1,000 fans at the War Memorial Ground.

It means Stour now face Welling or Eastleigh in the first round over the weekend of November 9.

A delighted Ian Long said: “We’ve had some promotions in our managerial career at different clubs but the FA Cup is something we’ve always struggled with really.

“We never got past the previous round before and we’ve gone two better this time.”

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