Swifts drawn at home in Round 3 of League Cup
Stourport Swifts have been drawn at home in the third round of the Moldwel Products Limited League Cup. They will meet the winners of Racing Club Warwick v. Highgate United, which is due to be played on Tuesday 3rd December, so the date will be arranged after this.
Swifts lose first home match
Stourport Swifts 1 Walsall Wood 2 MPL Tues 19th Nov Att: 61
Stourport Swifts lost their first home game of the season after a controversial second half penalty winner sent Walsall Wood back to the top of the Midland Premier League.
Swifts took the lead after nine minutes, when Martin Slevin’s diagonal pass picked out Jack Downing, who controlled neatly to sweep past keeper Lloyd Ransome from six yards out.
Joey Butlin’s 30 yard free kick shaved the bar as the Wood responded, and Richards saved well at the feet of Connor Deards. After 25 minutes a Danks cross tested the visitors defence, and Nick MacPherson was inches from extending the Swifts lead, and a minute later defender Craig Deakin cleared off the line. Wood levelled three minutes before the break when Swifts twice failed to clear their lines and Deards gratefully rolled in from eight yards.
The visitors started brightly after half time, and Richards saved well from Butlin, then on 52 minutes Lewis Clarke was judged to have brought down Lewis Had, and Stuart Mcnaught fired low past Richards to give his side the lead from the spot. Downing saw his header tipped onto the bar by Ransome from Slevin’s free kick, and Swifts cursed their luck when Drew Canavan, returning from injury in his first game since August, saw his angled 20 yarder come back off the bar.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Phillips, Downing, Slevin, Clarke, Danks, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: Jim Hanson, Canavan, Billingham
MacPherson gives Swifts first away win
Long Eaton United 2 Stourport Swifts 3 MPL Sat 16th Nov Att: 60
Nick MacPherson banished Stourport Swifts’ away day blues to give them their first away win of the season at 3rd placed Long Eaton.
The home side, unbeaten at home in eight games this season, were forced back in the early stages as Swifts began with purpose, and Jack Downing and Aaron Brett both went close in the first few minutes. After 12 minutes Brett blazed wide from a Mark Danks cross with the goal at his mercy from six yards out before MacPherson finally gave Swifts the goal their early pressure deserved, turning a neat header just inside the right hand post from Danks’ corner.
Dom Richards came to the rescue on the stroke of half time when he reacted smartly to block Niall Towle’s shot when he was through on goal.
Five minutes into the second half MacPherson just missed Downing’s cross from the right, then United striker Rhys Dolan fired his shot over the bar from five yards out as Long Eaton rained balls into the box from a series of long throws from defender Kieron Walker. Taylor shot wide again from a good position before Downing crossed low from the right for MacPherson to turn a sharp finish past keeper Jason White just inside the post to put Swifts two ahead.
Five minutes later Richards raced from his goal to block a shot from Dolan and Towle was on hand to score from the rebound from 25 yards out.
As the pressure mounted on the Swifts goal Matt Fulloway was on hand to restore the Swifts two goal lead when head outjumped the Long Eaton defenders to head home following another Danks corner.
Long Eaton set up a frantic finish when James Taylor drove in at the far post with minutes to go, but Swifts held on to take all three points.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Phillips, Downing, Clarke, Slevin, Danks, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: Billingham, Drew, Espley
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