Swifts have to settle for a point
Stourport Swifts 1 Coventry Sphinx 1 Saturday 10th November Att: 71
A penalty from Sphinx captain Callum Woodward with 19 minutes to go deprived the Swifts of a hard earned victory last weekend.
Manager Quentin Townsend made four changes to the side which slumped out of the FA Vase last week, and it produced a response which left 6th placed Coventry Sphinx gasping in a high octane opening spell in which Joe Billingham somehow shot wide of an open goal after Canavan’s cross was palmed away by Spinx keeper Tom Cross, and Lewis Platt’s goalbound shot was parried over the bar.
Swifts took the lead in the 34th minute when Mark Danks was first to react and fire high into the net from 6 yards following a dangerous corner from Slevin on the right.
Sphinx missed a golden opportunity to level when Ryan Harkin was through on goal but shot tamely wide, but Billingham missed his second chance of a goal for Stourport when he shot wide from ten yards, then Richards saved well at the feet of Leigh Phillips on the stroke of half time to keep them in front.
After the break Swifts threatened again when Griffiths headed narrowly over from a Canavan free kick, and a mazy run from Platt set up Danks who forced Cross into a fingertip save.
Coventry levelled the score after 71 minutes when Griffiths was judged to have pulled down Harkin in the box, and Woodward stepped to blast his spot kick past Richards.
Swifts weathered their first real pressure after the equaliser, and Harkin twice fired over the bar from good positions in the closing minutes.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cummings, Griffiths, Fulloway, Platt, Billingham, Slevin, Layton, Danks, Canavan, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Joe Hanson, Belmonde, Cooke
Swifts are away to Westfields on Saturday, kick off 3.00 pm
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, Laura McDonald, Brian Hewitt, Tony Lavery, Stuart Adey, Paul Reynolds, Mark Wenham, Claire Beard
Life Members: Ian Sword,Sylvia McDonald
Team Manager : Quentin Townsend
Assistant Manager: Mark Danks
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