Stourport Swifts 0 Kidderminster Harriers 1 Tues 16th July Pre season friendly
A crowd of over 200 saw a competitive friendly as Swifts gave a good account of themselves against a strong Kidderminster Harriers side.
Harriers were the first to threaten when Richard Prasketwent clear after Matt Hanson miscued, but shot wide from a good position.
Drew Canavan twice went close for the Swifts with two free kicks within a couple of minutes, one curling just wide, and the other shaving the crossbar. After 25 minutes Martin Slevin was unlucky to see his fierce free kick from the edge of the box cannon back off the inside of Tom Palmer’s right hand post, and ten minutes before the break Nick MacPherson steered a clever flick from Slevin just wide.
In the second half Harriers saw a lot more possession, but Quentin Townsend’s new look back three were still held firm and Swifts 17 year old keeper Ryan Smith was rarely tested.
Chris Conway was put through by Canavan in the 65th minute, but Palmer saved with his legs, and Elliott Lees saw his dangerous cross cut out by Palmer.
The only goal of the game came in the 76th minute when a speculative shot from Taylor-Randle squirmed from Smith’s grasp and Darragh Lowth was on hand to score from close range.
SWIFTS: Smith, Waldron, Fulloway, Matt Hanson, Jim Hanson, Billingham, Slevin Canavan, Platt, MacPherson, Conway. SUBS USED: Timmins, Joe Hanson, Lees, Matt Smith, Hayden, Danks
Kidderminster Harriers U23’s 1 Stourport Swifts 6 Sat 13th July Pre season friendly
Swifts continued their pre season goal fest with a second 6-1 win in a week against Harriers’Under 23’s.
After falling behind to a goal in the 3rd minute, Swifts took control to rack up a 5-1 half time lead with goals from Chris Conway, Yi Crowe (2) , Matt Fulloway and Jim Hanson.
Despite making 4 changes at the break, Swifts continued to dominate, but the Harriers goal led a charmed life as Macpherson twice hit the woodwork, and Crowe somehow miscued from 2 yards out.
Drew Canavan drilled home a 56th minute penalty after being brought down in the box for the only goal of the second half.
Pershore Town 1 Stourport Swifts 6 Sat 6th July Pre season friendly
Stourport Swifts began their pre season matches with a convincing win over West Midlands League Pershore Town.
Manager Quentin Townsend introduced several new players as Swifts look to improve on last season, but after a scrappy start in which both teams struggled to settle, it was Swifts goal threat which caught the eye.
Nick MacPherson opened the scoring with a neat finish from ten yards out, but a sloppy tackle from Matt Hanson gifted Pershore an equaliser from the spot ten minutes later. R’mar Murray put Swifts back in front with a low drive from a narrow angle, and Chris Conway, looking sharp after his long spell of inactivity last season, made it three with a neat turn and finish.
In the second half MacPherson added his second, then Murray produced the goal of the match when he skipped past three players in a mazy run and fired a fierce drive high into the top corner, and Jim Hanson rounded off an impressive display with a left foot screamer with five minutes to go.
Swifts pre season friendlies :
|SAT 6 JULY||PERSHORE||AWAY||3.00 pm||W 6-1|
|SAT 13 JULY||KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS U 23's||AWAY||1.00 pm||W 6-1|
|TUES 16 JULY||KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS||HOME||7.45 pm||L 0-1|
|TUES 23 JULY||DROITWICH||HOME||7.45 pm|
|SAT 27 JULY||STOURBRIDGE||HOME||3.00 pm|
|TUES 30 JULY||BEWDLEY TOWN||AWAY||7.45 pm|
Midland Premier League gets new look for next season
Promotion and relegation will give a new look to the Midland Premier League for 2019-2020.
Walsall Wood, despite finishing second to Ilkeston only on goal difference, will stay in the MPL.
Gresley are relegated from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League East, and there are SIX promoted clubs, Tividale and Haughmond from the West Midlands League, Heather St Johns and Racing Club Warwick from the Midland League Division One, along with two teams from the East Midlands Counties League, Newark Flowserve and Selston.
The MPL says goodbye to Westfields, who have been accepted into the Hellenic League, which is also step 5. Quorn and Shepshed Dynamo have also moved sideways to the United Counties League.
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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