Swifts draw Malvern Town in County Cup
In the WFA Senior Invitation Cup, the Swifts have been drawn at home to play Hellenic League Malvern Town. The match is to be played on Tuesday 16th November .
The MPL home game on Saturday 2nd October against Hanley Town has been postponed, and the match has been re arranged for Tuesday 2nd November.
Wulfs maul Swifts
AFC Wulfrunians 2 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Sat 18th September Att: 85
Swifts took an early lead again at the CKW Stadium but still finished losers as they made it 8 games without a win this season.
Edilson Antonio’s cool finish put Swifts ahead in a bright start when he slid his precision shot past the advancing Tom Hayward in the Wulfs goal. Swifts U21’s keeper Josh Bishop, in for the injured Dom Richards, saved well from James Hill’s header, and was relieved to see Tom Poole’s low shot flash wide. The Wulf’s were level after 17minutes when Swifts failed to clear in a scramble and Jack Rowley drove in from 8 yards. Matt Gardner could have restored the Swifts lead before the break, but scuffed his shot tamely at Hayward. Bishop then produced a fine save to keep out Dominic Dell’s fierce 25yard free kick .
Jack Downing curled a 20 yard effort just over the top, and Hayward had to be alert to tip defender Craig Gregg’s over his own bar from Fuller’s free kick. The decisive second goal came on 59 minutes when Harry Higginson rolled a loose pass 30 yards out straight to James Hill, who stepped forward to drive an unstoppable shot into the top corner to leave Swifts pointless again.
SWIFTS: Bishop, Joe Hanson, Higginson, Tilbury, Yates, Fuller, Slevin, Binner, Downing, Gardner, Antonio. SUBS USED: Cox, Canavan
Swifts crash at Worcester
Worcester City 4 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Weds 15th September Att: 490
Stourport Swifts went down with a whimper in this first local derby at Worester City’s new home at Claines.
Swifts even went in front when City keeper Brendon Bunn inexplicably rolled out straight to Matt Gardner who scored one of his simplest goals to make it three in two games.
Worcester then took over, but should have gone two behind when Bailey Fuller blazed over then top when clean through with only Bunn to beat. Defender Fortune Maphosa headed City level in the 38th minute, and Worcester went ahead 4 minutes into the second half when Dan Westwood was on hand to fire in from close range. Swifts showed little in response, and struggled to contain a rampant Worcester attack, and Westwood completed a good night for his side with goals in the 61st and 77th minute for an impressive hat trick.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Higginson, Layton, Dutton, Fuller, Slevin, Binner, Cox, Tilbury, Gardner. SUBS USED: Yates, Downing, Canavan
Six goal thriller ends all square
Stourport Swifts 3 Bewdley Town 3 MPL Tues 7th September Att: 313
A bumper crowd of over 300 saw Stourport Swifts race into a two goal lead but finish grabbing a point with six minutes left in this first ever Premier League derby.
New signing Matt Gardner started brightly, and after Bailey Fuller saw his shot well saved by Joe Sidaway in the Bewdley goal, Jordan Cox crossed from the left and Gardner headed just wide. With 14 minutes gone Gardner went even closer when his 25 yard effort rattled the crossbar, and Fuller was on hand to collect the rebound and drive an angled left foot shot into the top corner to give the Swifts a 1-0 lead.
Six minutes later Gardner was on the score sheet himself when he rose at the far post to head in a pin point cross from Ben Tilbury. Swifts dominated as Bewdley struggled to contain some of their best football so far in a disappointing start to the season, and Downing, Slevin and Fuller could all have added to the score, but ten minutes into the second half Bewdley were back in the match when Sam Lester’s shot from the edge of the box took a wicked deflection and finished up in the top corner of Josh Bishop’s net. Bewdley stepped up a gear after pulling one back, but Swifts should still have increased their lead, with Slevin and Fuller both seeing shots effort saved, and Jack Downing firing tamely at Sidaway when well placed.
Bewdley were level in the 74th minute when Simon Rudd crossed from the right for Dylan Harte to plant a near post header firmly past Bishop, and within the space of four minutes Harte added a second from the penalty spot after Bishop was judged to have brought him down in the box. Jordan Graham almost made the game safe for Bewdley after Bishop hesitated, but his goalbound effort was scrambled clear, and in a frantic last ten minutes, Garner was on hand to force in a late leveller for the Swifts.
SWIFTS: Bishop, Joe Hanson, Cordell, Layton, Jackson, Fuller, Tilbury, Slevin, Cox, Gardner, Downing. SUBS USED: Canavan
Swifts 100 Club Draw - September Result
1ST - £250 – Ball no. 32 Ian Johnson
2ND - £150 – Ball no. 37 Sandra Johnson
3RD - £50 – Ball no. 50 Paul Reynolds
Midland Premier League takes on a new look
The Football Association have announced the re organised Steps 4, 5 and 6 League structure for next season.
The Midland Premier League will see no fewer than NINE new teams next season. Former MPL members Long Eaton United, Newark, Gresley Rovers, Heather St Johns and Selston will move into the United Counties Premier League North (still step 5), while the two Coventry sides, United and Sphinx, will transfer to the United Counties Premier League South (still Step 5). Sporting Khalsa are promoted to the newly formed Northern Premier League Division One North ( Step 4)
The Midland Premier League will look like this for next season:
|MIDLAND PREMIER LEAGUE 2021 -2022 SEASON|
|2||Bewdley Town||NEW from WMRL|
|3||Boldmere St Michaels|
|4||Hanley Town||NEW from NWCP|
|7||Lichfield City||NEW from ML1|
|9||Racing Club Warwick|
|11||Shifnal Town||NEW from WMRL|
|12||Stone Old Alleynians||NEW from NWCS|
|15||Uttoxeter Town||NEW from ML1|
|17||Whitchurch Alport||NEW from NWCP|
|18||Wolverhampton Casuals||NEW from WMRL|
STOURPORT SWIFTS - Club Officials
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Chairman: Pip Hanson 07966 644762
Treasurer: Pip Hanson
Commercial Manager: Nigel Wager 07912 890997
Committee Members: Ian Sword, Margaret Sword, Tony Lavery, Paul Reynolds, Claire Davis, Paul Frankling, Mark Wenham, Stuart Adey
Life Members: Ian Sword, Sylvia McDonald
Team Manager : Quentin Townsend
Assistant Manager: Mark Danks
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