Townsend on player search
Swifts manager Quentin Townsend is set to carry out a review of his current squad after a series of inconsistent performances. “ On a good day we have given some of the best teams in the league a run for their money, but on others we have been guilty of complacency and have dropped points against several teams we really should have beaten.” said Townsend. “ We need to become consistently hard to beat, and we need to take far more of the chances we are creating. We may need to strengthen in certain areas to ensure we can achieve those goals.” After back to back league wins, Swifts shipped five goals at home to Shepshed Dynamo last week, to leave them perilously close to the bottom three.
Townsend moved quickly last week to secure the services of midfielder Kirk Layton from step 4 side Bishops Cleeve, and continues his search for a goalscorer.
Stourport Swifts have been drawn at home to last season’s MPL Champions BROMSGROVE SPORTING in the Worcestershire Senior Urn. The match will be played on Tuesday 30th October, kick off 7.45pm.
Swifts are at home to Lye Town on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm
Swifts slump to heavy defeat
Stourport Swifts 1 Shepshed Dynamo 5 MPL Sat 6th October Att: 63
Stourport Swifts crashed to their heaviest defeat of the season in this 5-1 drubbing at home to Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday.
Swifts went behind after just five minutes when a series of defensive errors ended when Matt Fulloway failed to clear after Richards half punched away a cross from the left, and Matt Melbourne pounced to drive low into an empty net from a tight angle.
Jack Downing shot tamely at keeper Brandon Ganley as Swifts pressed to get back on terms, and Jim Hanson’s long range effort flew just over the bar, and then saw a second effort saved by Ganley. Swifts best chance of the first half fell to Downing after 31 minutes after good work by Canavan gave him a clear shot at goal from ten yards out, but his fierce shot was straight at Ganley.
Shepshed went further ahead on the stroke of half time when Lewis Platt miscued his attempt to clear from a corner and Joe Pheasant was on hand at the far post to drill home from six yards out.
Manager Quentin Townsend brought on Ben Priest and Mark Danks at the break, and after Nicol should have done better with a clear chance, Joe Billingham swung in a dangerous free kick from the left, Misambo headed against the post and Danks was on hand to score from the rebound and put Swifts back in the match. The renewed hope lasted only nine minutes however, when Josh Thomas’ cross from the left evaded the entire Swifts defence to leave substitute Jake Betts a free header at the far post to restore Shepshed’s two goal lead.
Jim Hanson could have made more of his clear chance after being put through by Billingham, but screwed his shot wide, and Danks and Downing both blazed over from the edge of the box as Swifts created several clear chances.
Josh Thomas showed the Stourport strikers how its done in the 78th minute when he cut inside from the left past two defenders and fired Shepshed’s fourth past Richards, and Pheasant made it five after Swifts again failed to clear their lines with four minutes left.
SWIFTS: Richards, Misambo, Griffiths, Fulloway, Joe Hanson, Billingham, Jim Hanson, Canavan, Nicol, Downing. SUBS USED: Priest, Danks, Eminoglu.
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