Swifts take harsh lesson
Romulus 4 Stourport Swifts 0 Mon 20th August Att: 82
Three goals in 14 second half minutes undid all Stourport Swifts hard work as they went down to a heavy defeat at Romulus.
The first half produced good chances for both sides as they traded blows in the early stages with Jack Downing shooting over the top for Swifts and Kris Taylor’s fierce volley just wide for Romulus.
Romulus winger Dimitri Dunkley evaded the challenge of Lewis Platt in the 15th minute, but shot narrowly wide, and Drew Canavan saw his 20 yard effort well saved by Tyrell Belford in the Romulus goal. Andy Nicol twice went close for the Swifts just after the half hour, with one full blooded drive bravely blocked by defender Niall Rowe.
The game turned just two minutes into the second half when Lewis Platt brought down Chad Deguille-Cross n the box and Mitch Piggon stepped up to blast home from the spot to put Romulus ahead. Rudy Misambo was inches away from turning in Ben Priest’s shot from the edge of the box for an equaliser before Swifts were two down when defender Cameron Lee’s bullet header from Taylor’s pin point free kick flew past Richards. Piggon made it 3-0 just four minutes later, and Swifts were all at sea with 15 minutes left, having used all three subs, Misambo was reduced to a passenger when he suffered a hamstring injury.
Swifts continued to press for the goal they deserved, and Downing and Nicol both could have done better with a couple of half chances, but Romulus sub Simon Williams made it 4-0 when he drove home at the second attempt after Richards had saved with 4 minutes to go, to finish a night to forget for the Swifts.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Griffiths, Misambo, Platt, Jim Hanson, Priest, Canavan, Downing, Nicol, Danks, SUBS USED: Billingham, Mulders, Stratford
Swifts are at home to Sporting Khalsa in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm
Swifts notch first league win
Stourport Swifts 1 South Normanton Athletic - Sat 18th Aug Att: 76
Stourport Swifts recorded their first 3 points of the season with a narrow win against bottom club South Normanton.
Swifts dominated for long spells but could not add to Andy Nicol’s 19th minute strike, set up after a surging run into the box from Joe Hanson, and Jack Downing proved a constant threat in the first half, and twice set up Danks but each time he shot wide.
With half an hour gone Canavan drove into the box but saw his shot blocked by Oli Cox, and Rudy Misambo’s snap shot from Canavan’s corner was brilliantly turned onto the post by South Normanton keeper Curtis Hall.
The visitors offered little threat but Richards in the Swifts goal had to be alert to hold a shot from Jamie Turner.
Nicol and Danks both saw long range efforts fly just wide, and Nicol’s ambitious volley also failed to hit the target. A fine run and cross from Lewis Platt to the byline somehow missed all the Swifts’ players in the box, and Downing also failed to find Nicol and Danks after skipping past two Normanton defenders.
With four minutes left referee John Roskelly sent off Normanton skipper Dave Leigh and winger Tom Lewis for speaking out of turn.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Misambo, Priest, Platt, Billingham, Jim Hanson, Canavan, Downing, Danks, Nicol. SUBS USED: Griffiths, Mulders, Stratford
Swifts are away at Romulus on Monday night, kick off 7.45pm, and at home to Sporting Khalsa in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm
Swifts Presentation Awards 2nd June
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Matt Fulloway
PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Nick MacPherson
CLUBMAN OF THE YEAR - Bob Rickman
STOURPORT SWIFTS - Club Officials
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Chairman: Pip Hanson 07966 644762
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Committee Members: Ian Sword, Margaret Sword, Laura McDonald, Brian Hewitt, Tony Lavery, Stuart Adey, Paul Reynolds, Mark Wenham
Life Members: Ian Sword,Sylvia McDonald
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