Swifts are at home to Coventry Sphinx on Saturday (21st) kick off 3.00pm,
and at home to Heanor Town next Tuesday, (24th) kick off 7.45pm
Late goal sinks Swifts
Stourport Swifts 0 Loughborough University 1 MPL Thurs 19th April Att: 50
An 85th minute goal from Loughborough striker Matt Crookes was enough to take all the points for the visitors and leave Stourport winless in their last 11 league games.
In their fourth match of the week, Swifts struggled to muster an attacking threat, and leading scorer Nick MacPherson ploughed a lone furrow up front for most of the match.
Joe Robinson returned to the Swifts midfield for his first match in 18 months after a knee injury.
Loughborough saw the best of the goalmouth action in the first half, with Ben Last twice testing Dom Richards in the first few minutes, and defender Paul Braithwaite headed straight at the keeper from six yards out from an early corner.
Swifts captain Alex Perry was inches from converting a right wing cross from Parsons-Smith, and saw a 30 yard screamer shave the crossbar minutes later.
MacPherson twice shot wide from good chances just after the break, but Swifts were slowly pushed back as Loughborough pressed hard to break the deadlock. Joel Bonner’s long range effort skidded narrowly wide, and Crookes tested Richards with a low shot which he did well to tip around the post.
With a goalless draw looking on the cards, with five minutes to go Alex Dinsmore crossed low from the right and Crookes was first to react to sweep home the winner.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Priest, Higginson, Caines, Robinson, Jim Hanson, Perry, Parsons-Smith, MacPherson, Rogers. SUBS USED: Colley, Parker, Beardsmore.
Swifts hang on for a point
Stourport Swifts 1 Worcester City 1 MPL Tuesday 17th April Att: 188
Stourport Swifts produced a backs to the wall performance to hold on to point in their second match in 24 hours.
Nick MacPherson had given Swifts the lead in the 61st minute with a smart turn and shot from 12 yard which beat keeper Sean Dayus at the near post, but they were forced to dig in hard after Worcester snatched a leveller 15minutes later when Smith crossed low from the left and Nathan Hayward was on hand to slide in at the far post to score past Richards.
Richards had been by far the busiest of the two goalkeepers in the first half, saving well from Joel Ambalu in the 7th minute, and then blocking shot from Baldwin and Tomkinson. Dave Reynolds blazed over the bar from a good chance 5 minutes before half time, before Swifts best chance fell to Jack Rogers, who shot wide after some good work from skipper Alex Perry, back in the side after a 3 match suspension.
Early in the second half Swifts faced a barrage of corners as Worcester pressed, and Tomkinson headed over from close in after 57 minutes.
Matt Fulloway and Ben Priest looked rock solid at the back for Swifts, and Harry Higginson, in his first midfield outing, worked tirelessly as Swifts pushed to break the stalemate.
After going in front Swifts were pushed back, and Richards produced another fine save to block sub Ben Robinson’s effort before Hayward equalised a minute later.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Priest, Caines, Rogers, Higginson, Jim Hanson, Perry, Parsons-Smith, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Devonport, Robinson, Beardsmore
Swifts youngsters learn a lesson
Heanor Town 5 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Monday 16th April ATT:68
Stourport Swifts learned a hard lesson on Monday night when they were hit for five at Heanor .
Jamie Sleigh netted a first half hat trick to leave Swifts, fielding seven players under nineteen, with a mountain to climb after the break.
Stourport always looked comfortable in possession, with Harry Stratford and Myles Newman shining in midfield, but paid the price twice in the first half hour when Heanor striker Sleigh first fired home from close range after keeper Ewan Mountjoy had saved well from Jordan Ball, and then was first to react to score after a right wing corner.
Swifts early chances went begging when Gabby Danko fired wide after ten minutes, and joe Colley’s fierce shot was turned away by Heanor keeper Jordan Pierrepont.
Heanor again exposed some hesitant Swifts defending when Elliot Reeves’ free kick came back off the post and Sleigh made it 3-0 when he thumped in the rebound.
The second half saw Swifts keeping possession well without threatening the Heanor backline, and substitute Tom Smith caught the eye with his coolness under pressure, but Heanor again showed their clinical side with two goals in six minutes, both from Jordan Ball, with a 20 yard strike which deceived Mountjoy at the near post, and pouncing at the far post as Swifts failed to clear Vickers’ cross.
Swifts finally got the goal their second half display deserved when Newman and Taylor-Randle combined neatly on the edge of the box to set up Callum Parker to drive in from six yards.
SWIFTS: Mountjoy, Rogers, Higginson, Stratford, Beardsmore, Sargent, Taylor-Randle, Newman, Parker, Colley, Danko. SUBS USED: Smith
Hurrell red costs Swifts
Stourport Swifts 0 Highgate United 1 MPL Thurs 5th April Att:64
Ten man Stourport Swifts went down to title challengers Highgate after a battling performance on Thursday night.
Fourth placed Highgate came still holding title aspirations, but found Swifts a tough nut to crack, and keeper Dom Richards was only forced into one save in the first half when he tipped a Dan Westwood header over the bar. Jim Hanson shot over for the Swifts after nine minutes, and Highgate defender Scott Turner was at full stretch to block MacPherson’s goal bound effort.
In the first minute of the second half Brad Catlow saved another MacPherson effort low to his left as Swifts looked the most likely to break the deadlock, but the turning point in the game came when Paul Hurrell saw a straight red card in the 64th minute for what looked like no more than a strong challenge on midfielder Correy Carrithers.
Swifts dug in well to hold off some fierce Highgate pressure and Richards tipped a George Curry effort onto the crossbar, and after 84 minutes the breakthrough came when Aaron Browns free kick fell to Richard Batchelor and his shot was deflected past Richards from six yards.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Higginson, Preist, Caines, Parsons-Smith, Jim Hanson, Hurrell, Beardsmore, MacPherson Rogers. SUBS USED: McPike, Devonport
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