Swifts edged out after fightback
Heather St John’s 1 Stourport Swifts 0 MPL Tues 17th Sept Att: 56
Swifts fell behind again to an early goal and even an outstanding second half performance which produced nine attempts on goal and nine corners could not produce the win they deserved.
With just nine minutes gone a hesitant Swifts defence let in leading scorer Malachi Farquarson for the simplest goal he is like to score all season with a simple tap in from six yards.
Swifts slowly began to take charge, with Martin Slevin going close from a long range free kick, Nick MaPherson twice seeing his shots blocked and Matt Smith firing over the top. Dean Waldron was forced off just before the break with a knee injury, and the introduction of Lewis Platt gave Swifts an added threat down the left. Jamie Clarke blazed over the top from close range, and defender Brett Lloyd cleared off the line when MacPherson seemed certain to level the score.
Seven corners in ten minutes saw Matt Fulloway twice go close, Danks shot narrowly wide and Chris Conway was inches from connecting with Downing’s right wing cross, but the game turned messy when Jamie Clarke was brought down in the box by Craig Evans and referee Alex Harris spent fully five minutes sorting out the protests from irate Swifts players, with finally just Mark Danks seeing yellow. Richards produced an outstanding save from Kieron Clarke after the heat settled, but still Swifts came back with a flurry of chances where Downing and Conway both headed wide of the target.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Waldron, Matt Hanson, Downing, Slevin, Smith, MacPherson, Danks, Jamie Clarke. SUBS USED: Platt, Billingham, Conway
Swifts are at home to Racing Club Warwick on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm
Swifts lift Cup
Stourport Swifts 7 Bewdley Town 0 Chris Reynolds Cup and John McDonald Trophy Att: 103
Stourport Swifts won back the annual memorial cup for chairman Chris Reynolds and general manager John McDonald with a resounding win against last season’s winners Bewdley Town.
Swifts, still smarting from their poor display against league leaders Walsall Wood in midweek, and a run of three defeats in a row, surged back to form with a much improved performance and some well taken goals.
Jack Downing set up Joe Billingham to put Swifts in front after nine minutes, before further goals from Mark Danks, two from Downing and one from Chris Conway gave Swifts a 4-0 half time lead.
Bewdley responded well in the second half, and pressed Swifts back, with only some stout defending and two fine save from Richards preventing Dylan Hart, Ben Worthington and Dan Bayliss getting on the scoresheet.
In the 67th minute Lewis Platt somehow hit the post from Downing’s cross from the right when it seemed easier to score, but made amends ten minute later when he thumped home into the roof of the net following Slevin’s free kick, then Chris Conway added two more as Swifts ran out comfortable winners.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Waldron, Fulloway, Matt Hanson, Downing, Slevin, Matt Smith, Billingham, Danks, Conway.SUBS USED: Timmins, Jim Hanson, MacPherson, Platt, Ryan Smith
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, Mark Wenham, Claire Beard, Mark Beard
Life Members: Ian Sword,Sylvia McDonald
Team Manager : Quentin Townsend
Assistant Manager: Mark Danks
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