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SWIFTS SLIP UP AGAIN
Rocester 0 Stourport Swifts 0 MPL Saturday 21st January Att: 41
Stourport Swifts failed again to make the most of their chances, and were held to a goaless draw at mid table Rocester.
Rocester keeper Richard Froggatt twice produced outstanding saves in the first half to deny Dan Sweeney, back for his second loan spell from Kidderminster Harriers. Sweeney looked a threat despite playing very little football in the past two months, and just after the break again forced Froggatt into a smart save. Jim Hanson and Aaron Lloyd also failed to take advantage of good opportunities.
Rocester's best chance came in the 64th minute when Tom Brown headed against the bar from a James Frost cross.
A 1-0 win for Boldmere against Walsall Wood means SWifts slip back into the bottom three.
Next up is a crucial home match against bottom of the table Brocton on Saturday who also picked up three points at home to Heanor Town.
SWIFTS: Richards,Smith,Hurrell,Beasley,Wager,Priest,Robinson,Hanson,Francis-Mills,Lloyd,Sweeney. SUBS USED: Beaumont,Hudson
HARRIERS AND SWIFTS ANNOUNCE LINK UP
Kidderminster Harriers and Stourport Swifts are working closely together during the course of the season to help continue player development and strengthen links between the two clubs.
A number of Harriers young players are due to spend time with the Swifts during the coming months to gain first team match experience with the Midland Premier League side. Dan Sweeney and George Taylor have both completed 1 month loans at Walshes Meadow, and Ben Clarke recently made his first appearance for the Swifts.
Harriers chairman Colin Gordon commented: "With no Reserve side, we have been looking for some time to find a means of giving some of our most promising players experience in a competitive environment. Some of our young, contracted players, as well as players making real progress with our Academy, will really benefit from this, and it's great for us to know that they are being taken care of at Stourport, where the set up is really good"
Swifts chairman Pip Hanson added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Stourport Swifts to increase the strength of our first team squad, and for the Harriers to give some of their promising youngsters some first team action in a competitive league"
SWIFTS ANNOUNCE NEW CHAIRMAN
Stourport Swifts elected Pip Hanson as their new Chairman at the Annual General Meeting on Friday 9th September.
Hanson was unanimously voted in on the night to replace Chris Reynolds, who sadly passed away in July. Chris's eldest son Paul, was also voted on to the Committee, along with Stuart Adey.
Hanson, 53, is married with 4 boys, and lives in West Hagley. He is Managing Director of PSI Marketing in Stourbridge.
Pip was one of the four newcomers to the Swifts committee a year ago, and hopes to continue the Club's progress over the next few years. He will continue also in his position as Treasurer.
"We have a young and talented squad, and are looking to improve further on the field, and increase our income off it" said Hanson.
Pip's two eldest sons, Jim and Matt, have both played for the Swifts over the past year, with third eldest Joe, now 18 and looking to stake a claim.
STOURPORT SWIFTS - Club Officials
Chairman: Pip Hanson
Secretary: Graham Haighway
Commercial Manager: Nigel Wager
Committee Members: Ian Sword, Margaret Sword, Laura McDonald, Brian Hewitt, Tony Lavery, Stuart Adey,Paul Reynolds, Ian Johnson
Life Members: Ian Sword
1st Team Manager : Mark Phillips
Assistant Manager: John Dowdeswell
Sunday Team Manager: Ian Johnson