Swifts crash out of Cup
Stourport Swifts 0 Walsall Wood 4 Polymac Packaging League Cup Tues 21st Nov Att:57
Stourport Swifts crashed out of the League Cup to Division One leader Walsall Wood, and face an uphill battle to repair their confidence before next weeks’ FA Vase tie against the same side.
Wood opened far the sharper, and it soon became clear that last season’s relegated team were on a mission to come straight back when they raced into a 2-0 half time lead.
Both sides rested key players for this dress rehearsal of the big match next week, but Walsall Wood went in front after 24 minutes when defender Callum McFarlane headed powerfully home from Fitzpatrick’s left wing corner, then Stan Mugisha avoided the challenge of Paul Hurrell to steer a low shot past Tom Palmer to put the visitors in the driving seat.
Swifts were not without their chances, and Aaron Lloyd headed over before Nick MacPherson just failed to connect with Newman’s cross.
Six minutes into the second half Mugisha was on hand again to punish a hesitant Swifts defence when he was first to react following a left wing corner and turn a low shot in off Palmer’s left hand post.
The introduction of Dan Sweeney and Joel Caines gave Swifts an extra edge, and Alex Perry shot straight a Lloyd Rangome in the Wood goal, and Andy Hudson followed suit with the goal at his mercy from 8 yards out. Paul Hurrell saw his fierce header also saved by Rangome, and in the last minute Mugisha punished the Swifts again when he crossed low from the byline to give Sam Agar a simple tap in for number four.
SWIFTS: Palmer, Joe Hanson, Hurrell, Priest, Beasley, Hudson, Newman, Jim Hanson, Perry, MacPherson, Lloyd. Subs Used: Caines, Sweeney.
Swifts are away to Worcester City on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm, and face Walsall Wood in the Buildbase FA Vase 3rd Round on 2nd December at home, kick off 3.00pm
Swifts match called off again
Stourport Swifts saw their second match in a week called off on Saturday, this time because of a waterlogged pitch.
Last Tuesday Studley pulled out of their Worcester Infirmary Cup tie at the last minute, and on Saturday the Walshes Meadow pitch was deemed unplayable after heavy overnight rain.
Swifts have been on a strong run of form, with ten wins in their last twelve games, and only a single defeat against table topping Sporting Khalsa since early September
Manager Mark Phillips has been frustrated by his sides’ lack of action this week. “When you are playing well and confidence is high, the games can’t come quickly enough” he said after Saturday’s game was called off. “To Lose two games in a week and not play slows our momentum, but we can’t control the weather.”
Swifts face Division One leaders Walsall Wood at home in the League Cup on Tuesday night, and have a trip to Bromsgrove on Saturday to play title hopefuls Worcester City.
Phillips has been delighted to add Harriers Under 23 players Myles Newman and Harry Higginson to his squad, and feels the increases competition for places has given his side a lift. “Everybody want to play and you can see our performances have an edge to them now because the players know they have to play well to stay in the side. The rest this week has also given our injured players some added recovery time” he added.
Kimberley Miners Welfare 0 Stourport Swifts 2 Buildbase FA Vase Sat 11th November Att: 109
Stourport Swifts eased their way into the 3rd Round of the Buildbase FA Vase after coming out on top of this testing away tie against Kimberley MW.
Swifts bright start paid off, and Ashley Parsons-Smith and Jim Hanson saw their shots blocked before Parsons-Smith crossed from the left and Dan Sweeney was on hand to steer a neat header past Joss Hourd-Lee in the Kimberley goal with 8 minutes gone.
Kimberley pressure was rare, with Ben Priest and Paul Hurrell keeping a tight grip at the back, and Dom Richards only troubled once when he tipped over a header from Sean Green.
Joel Caines made it 2-0 in the 35th minute when he turned inside to fire a low left foot shot past Hourd-Lee into the left hand corner.
In the second half Kimberley saw more of the possession but still could not create any clear chances until the 68th minute when Green forced a fine save from Richards with a firm header. Swifts wasted several chances of their own, with Aaron Lloyd going close and Parsons-Smith shooting wide from good positions, and Myles Newman twice firing narrowly wide after Hanson and Perry opened the Kimberley defence.
SWIFTS: Richards, Caines, Hurrell, Priest, Beasley, Sweeney, Jim Hanson, Perry, Parsons-Smith, Lloyd, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Newman, Joe Hanson
Swifts are at home on Tuesday 14th to Studley in the Worcester Infirmary Cup kick off 7.45pm, and at home on Saturday 18th to Rocester in an MPL match, kick off 3.00pm
BACK ROW (left to right) Jack Pearlman,Jack Bailey,Joe Phillips,Matt Fulloway,Rion Francis-Mills,Joe Colley,Jim Hanson,Callum Grant,Paul Hurrell,Ben Priest,Dan Sweeney,
FRONT ROW (left to right) Alex Perry,Sam Beasley,Reece Wager,Alex Smith,Harry Beaumont
Swifts fans Martin Shannon and Keith Roberts with the Worcester Infirmary Cup. The Cup is the one on the right!
STOURPORT SWIFTS - Club Officials
Chairman: Pip Hanson
Commercial Manager: Nigel Wager
Committee Members: Ian Sword, Margaret Sword, Laura McDonald, Brian Hewitt, Tony Lavery, Stuart Adey,Paul Reynolds, Ian Johnson
Life Members: Ian Sword,Sylvia McDonald
1st Team Manager : Mark Phillips
Assistant Manager: John Dowdeswell
Sunday Team Manager: Ian Johnson