Swifts romp to record FA Cup win

Hereford Pegasus 0 Stourport Swifts 6   Att:73 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round 6th August 

 

Stourport Swifts overcame a decidedly shaky opening 45 minutes to blitz Hellenic Premier League side Pegasus and record their biggest ever FA Cup win.

Pegasus pressed hard early on, and Josh Bishop was forced into early action turning away a Cawley Cox shot in the 7th minute, then producing an outstanding save from Sam Pearson nine minutes later.

A short backpass from Ethan Hanson then gave Pearson a clear chance at goal, but his shot slid well wide. Swifts efforts were few and far between, with Drew Canavan firing narrowly over the bar from long range, and Aaron Birch tried to find Martin when better placed for a shot on goal himself.  A Ben Jevons effort almost gave Swifts an unlikely lead, but his header was just over, before Bishop was in action again saving well from Pearson in the 40th minute, and again from Cox a minute before the break.

Ronan Sheehan was introduced at the break for the Swifts with an immediate impact, outpacing a flurry of defenders on the right before providing a pinpoint cross for Lee Chilton to convert from close range at the far post in the 49th minute and give his side the lead. Six minutes later Sheehan made it 2-0 when he cut inside from the  left and drove a 20 yard effort past Keeper Matt Gwynne. Chilton then shot wide when well placed as Pegasus struggled to cope with Swifts’ increase in tempo, then Sheehan produced a carbon copy of the first goal on the hour, crossing from the right again after racing past defender Ashley Lear, for Chilton to thump in at the far post.

Mike Burgess hit Bishop’s right hand post in a rare Pegasus attack before Romario Martin got in on the act when he turned smartly in the box to drive in off a defender and make it 4-0 with his first goal for the Swifts in the 70th minute. Martin made it five with his second goal eight minutes later when Chilton crossed from the left and Sheehan pulled back for him to blast home from ten yards.

With seven minutes to go Martin Slevin found Chilton with a raking crossfield pass, and he raced clear to calmly complete a clinical hat trick for a 6-0 record win.

Swifts will face Racing Club Warwick, who beat Bewdley Town 2-1, at home in the next round on Saturday 20th August.

 SWIFTS: Bishop, Binner, Jevons, Ethan Hanson, Jackson, Canavan, Slevin, Gater, Birch, Martin, Chilton.      SUBS USED: Sheehan, Jim Hanson, Sinclair

Swifts 100 Club Draw -  July Result

1ST - £250 –  Ball no.   51  - JOY EADES

2ND - £150 –  Ball no.  10 - GILL FRANKLING

 3RD - £50   –  Ball no.  12 - ETHAN VINE

 

 FA announce League structure for 2022-2023 season

The Midland Football League Premier Division moves back to its full 20 team complement after Step 5 and 6 re structures were announced last week.

Promoted from Division 1 are Atherstone Town as champions, and Darlaston 1874 after winning their playoff match against Stapenhill, who finished third, 2-1.

Also promoted from Step 6 are Studley, as champions of the Hellenic League Division One, who finished 6 points clear of Worcester Raiders at the top.

Bewdley Town have earned a reprieve after finishing 2nd from bottom of the Premier Division, and will remain in the top flight for next season.

 The other newcomers to the Premier Division are Market Drayton Town, who have been relegated from the Northern Premier League Division One West, finishing bottom with 12 points.

The Midland Football League also announced at the recent League Meeting that after completing a Covid free season, the League Cups would be restored for 2022-2023 season.

 

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Chairman: Pip Hanson 07966 644762

Treasurer: Pip Hanson

Secretary: Graham Haighway  07780 997758 email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Commercial Manager: Nigel Wager 07912 890997

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Committee Members: Ian Sword, Margaret Sword, Tony Lavery, Paul Reynolds, Claire Davis, Paul Frankling, Mark Wenham, Stuart Adey

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Life Members: Ian Sword, Sylvia McDonald

Team Manager : Quentin Townsend

Assistant Manager: Mark Danks

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