Swifts make it two in row
Stourport Swifts 1 AFC Wulfrunians 0 MPL Tues 20th February Att: 76
Stourport Swifts made it six points in four days with this narrow win against AFC Wulfrunians.
In the first of four consecutive home games, only a 20th minute own goal from former Swifts defender Adam Robinson divided the two teams after a mostly uneventful first half, with the only other on target effort coming from Wulfs midfielder Dominic Moan, when his 20 yard free kick produced a spectacular flying save from Richards.
Robinson got it all wrong after 20 minutes, when his misdirected header flew past his own keeper after Higginson crossed from the left.
After the interval the action improved a little, when Sweeney’s shot was saved by Bateman after Fulloway headed back Newman’s cross, and Alex Perry shot wide after MacPherson skipped past three defenders to set him up.
Swifts best spell came just after the hour, when first MacPherson blasted a fierce drive against the bar, and Sweeney shot tamely at Bateman from ten yards out after Joe Hanson surged into the box. Ben Priest fired narrowlt wide from 25 yards on 66 minutes, and Matt Fulloway headed just over the top from a Parsons-Smith corner.
Wulfrunians leading scorer Nick Turton missed the visitors’ best chance when he shot straight at Richards after being put through by the lively Jumaane Meggoe. As the clock ticked down, Wulfs keeper Bateman pushed up for a free kick, and Swifts broke for what seemed a certain goal, but MacPherson was cynically pulled down by Robinson on the edge of the box as he seemed certain to score in an empty goal, and the defender ended a bad night with a red card.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Hurrell, Higginson, Priest, Perry, Colley, Newman, Sweeney, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Parsons-Smith, Jim Hanson
Swifts are at home to Shawbury United on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm
Swifts notch League win
Haughmond 0 Stourport Swifts 2 MPL Saturday 17th February Att: 63
Stourport Swifts racked up their first league win since November 4th with this comfortable win at struggling Haughmond.
Myles Newman put Swifts ahead after 25 minutes, when Joe Hanson robbed defender George Carpenter on the byline and picked out Newman with a pinpoint low cross for him to drill home from 16 yards out.
Dan Sweeney again looked dangerous throughout with his pace and trickery on the right, and twice went through to see his shots blocked by Sam Jones in the Haughmond goal, and just before the goal also set up MacPherson whose shot from close range was only kept out by a last ditch tackle from Haughmond skipper Tom Hewitt.
Paul Hurrell cleared off the line from Joe Parry’s header as Swifts struggled to deal with the long throws of midfielder Carl Rogers, and Steve Hole shot narrowly wide as the home side produced their best spell of the half.
MacPherson produced a slide rule pass to pick out Alex Perry as he drove into the box, and only the reaction of keeper Jones prevented Swifts going 2 in front, and a fingertip save from Matt Fulloway’s header also held the Swifts lead to the narrowest of margins.
Sweeney blazed over from 12 yards out and Perry’s header came back off the post before Jack Griffiths checked Sweeney in the box with 16 minutes to go, and MacPherson stepped up to blast in number two from the spot.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Hurrell, Higginson, Newman, Perry, Colley, Priest, Sweeney, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Taylor-Randle, Beardsmore, Jim Hanson
BACK ROW (left to right) Jack Pearlman,Jack Bailey,Joe Phillips,Matt Fulloway,Rion Francis-Mills,Joe Colley,Jim Hanson,Callum Grant,Paul Hurrell,Ben Priest,Dan Sweeney,
FRONT ROW (left to right) Alex Perry,Sam Beasley,Reece Wager,Alex Smith,Harry Beaumont
Swifts fans Martin Shannon and Keith Roberts with the Worcester Infirmary Cup. The Cup is the one on the right!
STOURPORT SWIFTS - Club Officials
President : VACANT
Chairman: Pip Hanson 07966 644762
Treasurer: Pip Hanson
Commercial Manager: Nigel Wager 07912 890997
Committee Members: Ian Sword, Margaret Sword, Laura McDonald, Brian Hewitt, Tony Lavery, Stuart Adey, Paul Reynolds,
Life Members: Ian Sword,Sylvia McDonald
Team Manager : Mark Phillips
Assistant Manager: John Dowdeswell