Swifts drawn at home again

Stourport Swifts have been given another home draw in the 3rd Round of the Buildbase FA Vase. They have been paired with Rugby Town, who are currently sixth in the Uhlsport  United Counties Premier Division South. The match will be played on Saturday 11th December, kick off 3.00pm

SWIFTS are away at Highgate United on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm.

Swifts through to Round Three of FA Vase

Stourport Swifts 3 Kimberley Miners Welfare 1 FA Vase 2nd Round   Att: 142

Stourport Swifts moved into the third round of the Buildbase FA Vase with this win against United Counties Division One side Kimberley Miners Welfare.

In a scrappy first half, genuine chances were scarce for either side, but Kimberley should have taken the lead in the 8th minute, when the ball dropped kindly for striker Aaron Coyle, but his effort flew wide of Richards’ right hand post. Taylor Townsend replied at the other end, shooting narrowly wide from Ben Tilbury’s cross, then Jack Downing saw one fierce shot blocked and another good effort on the turn deflected for a corner.

Swifts were in front in the 34th minute when defender Nick Knight brought down Matt Jackson in the box and Drew Canavan stepped up to make no mistakes from the penalty spot. Swifts then lost Ethan Hanson with a hamstring injury to be replaced by Nathan Binner, but then Binner himself could not continue after the break, and was replaced by Jack Storer.

The visitors were unlucky not to level the scores in the 52nd minute, when after Richards had punched clear, in an amazing scramble both Tilbury and Sinclair blocked goalbound efforts from Parkes and Pearson, then Sam Brown blasted against the bar from 5 yards out when he looked certain to score. Brown then made amends at the other end when after Matt Gardner cleverly set up Downing, he managed to clear off the line.

Storer was a reassuring presence in midfield for Swifts, producing some moments of real quality , and after a neat interchange with Gardner, gave his side a two goal cushion with a 20 yard drive past keeper Danny Rigley in the 56th minute. Swifts looked likely to increase their lead in a purple patch of pressure, with Rigley saving well from Townsend, then after a driving run on the right, Downing saw his cross shot hit the bar.

Swifts had to wait until the 70th minute to make it three when Storer’s pin point free kick found Gardner at the far post, who directed a perfectly placed downward header past Rigley. Storer then saw a deflected effort saved, before Jackson  brought down sub Bijan Pakrouz with 15 minutes to go to allow Coyle to pull one back from the spot.With 3 minutes left Edilson Antonio somehow avoided a fourth goal for the Swifts when he failed to connect from a yard out after some good work by Downing.

SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Sinclair, Ethan Hanson, Jackson, Downing, Tilbury, Birch, Townsend, Canavan, Gardner. SUBS USED: Binner, Storer, Antonio

Swifts 100 Club Draw -  November Result

1ST - £250 –  Ball no.   31 - PAUL CLARKE

2ND - £150 –  Ball no.  15  - JOHN VINE

3RD - £50   –  Ball no.   25  -  MICHAEL HANSON

 

 

Hughes late show lifts 10 man Swifts

 Stourport Swifts 2 Malvern Town 1  WFA Senior Invitation Cup Tues 16th November  Att:113

Lee Hughes netted a last gasp winner to give Swifts a hard fought win in this end to end cup tie last night.

Swifts bright start was rewarded when new signing Jack Storer volleyed home from close range when Hughes headed back across goal from a right wing corner after just four minutes.

Jack Downing saw one shot blocked, and fired  wide four minutes later, then Dom Richards saved well with his legs from Dave Reynolds before Tilbury was judged to have brought down the same player in the 13th minute. matt Turner then blasted his spot kick against the bar to let Swifts off the hook. Tilbury then played in Downing, who saw his shot blocked, and at the other end Richards tipped over a long range effort from Harry Clark. From a Danks free kick on the right, Joe Hanson then brought a fine point blank save from Kieron Blackburn in the Malvern goal. Storer then set up Downing with a neat reverse pass and brought another top save from the Malvern keeper.

Three minutes before half time Storer was red carded for comments to referee Ryan Price, and just two minutes later the visitors were level when substitute Joe Bullock forced home after a left sided corner. Ten man Swifts refused to lie down, and produced some of their best football ealy in the second half, with Tilbury, Hughes and Downing combining well to create a good chance, but the chance was blocked by a fine tackle from Febery.Dom Richards kept his side in it with fine saves from Joe Bate and Matt Tuner, before Lewis Whetton flicked on for Antonio, whose close range effort was blocked by Blackburn, but Hughes was on hand to fire in the rebound with a minute to go.

 SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Sinclair, Tilbury, Jackson, Downing, Binner, Storer, Birch, Hughes. SUBS USED: Antonio, Whetton

 Swifts crash at league leaders

Hanley Town 4 Stourport Swifts 0 MPL Sat 13th November Att: 196

Depleted Stourport Swifts battled bravely at Hanley on Saturday, but could not contain the rampant table toppers as they turned the screw with three second half goals.

Swifts, suffering from 3 suspensions and several injuries, fielded a much changed side, and contained the home side well until just before the break when Jake Avery escaped the Swifts defence to slot coolly past the advancing Dom Richards on 43 minutes. Swifts had restricted Hanley to long range efforts and a series of miscued and wasteful attempts from Chris Dagnal, Josh Green and Jake Twyford, and probably had the best chance of the half themselves, but Ben Tilbury volleyed wide from eight yards following a Townsend corner when well placed. Ethan Hanson, making his first start in the MPL, looked composed and capable at the heart of the Swifts defence as the pressure mounted.

Richards was far busier in the second half, and saved superbly from Avery’s fierce angled drive and a fine effort from Dagnall, before Josh Green crossed for Tim Sanders to make no mistake and put his side two in front from six yards in the 58th minute. Chris Dagnall pounced twice in the last ten minutes as Swifts faded, to give the scoreline a look that Hanley’s dominance finally earned.

 SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Sinclair, Ethan Hanson, Jackson, Townsend, Binner, Tilbury, Antonio, Canavan, Gardner. SUBS USED: Hughes, Downing

 

Antonio late show gives Swifts a win

Stourport Swifts 2 Romulus 1 MPL Sat 6th November  Att:118

Both sides finished this match with nine men as Edilson Antonio snatched a late winner to give Swifts a hard earned win.

Mason Birch was first to go in the 65th minute when he was shown a second yellow for inexplicably going back onto the pitch without permission after treatment, then after a storm in teacup with two minutes left, Romulus duo Kyle Burke and Mason Williams, along with Swifts’ skipper Harry Higginson, were all given their marching orders following a protracted scuffle which referee Niall Nestor took a while to sort out.

Swifts bright start should have produced a better return, with Ben Tilbury heading over the top from close range, and Townsend and Hughes combining well to force Romulus keeper Josh Benton into early action. Matt Gardner then blazed over after being played in by Nicholls, before Higginson finally put Swifts ahead with a close range header from Townsend’s free kick.

Williams blasted over the bar when well placed, and Jordan Edwards should have done better with a rushed effort as Romulus responded, and three minutes before half time Cameron Lee levelled the score from 12 yards after good work by Deshon Carth on the left.

The visitors threatened early in the second half, and Sufyan Zia saw his close range strike come back off the bar. The introduction of Antonio, Jack Downing and Drew Canavan with 20 minutes to gave Swifts an injection of pace they badly needed, with Downing twice escaping the defensive clutches of Callum Rudd and Kyle Burke, and Antonio firing narrowly wide.

With three minutes left Tilbury released Antonio on the left, who raced clear to drive an unstoppable 20 yarder past Benton to give Swifts the points.

SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Higginson, Sinclair, Jackson, Nicholls, Tilbury, Birch, Townsend, Gardner, Hughes. SUBS USED: Antonio, Downing, Canavan

 

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
     
1 AFC Wulfrunians  
2 Bewdley Town NEW from WMRL
3 Boldmere St Michaels  
4 Hanley Town NEW from NWCP
5 Highgate United  
6 Haughmond  
7 Lichfield City NEW from ML1
8 Lye Town  
9 Racing Club Warwick  
10 Romulus  
11 Shifnal Town NEW from WMRL
12 Stone Old Alleynians NEW from NWCS
13 Stourport Swifts  
14 Tividale  
15 Uttoxeter Town NEW from ML1
16 Walsall Wood  
17 Whitchurch Alport NEW from NWCP
18 Wolverhampton Casuals NEW from WMRL
19 Worcester City  

 

 

 STOURPORT SWIFTS - Club Officials

President : VACANT

Chairman: Pip Hanson 07966 644762

Treasurer: Pip Hanson

Secretary: Graham Haighway  07780 997758 email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Commercial Manager: Nigel Wager 07912 890997

Press Officer: Ian Johnson 07970 237758  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Committee Members: Ian Sword, Margaret Sword, Tony Lavery, Paul Reynolds, Claire Davis, Paul Frankling, Mark Wenham, Stuart Adey

Covid 19 Officer: Paul Frankling 07786 380911   email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Life Members: Ian Sword, Sylvia McDonald

Team Manager : Quentin Townsend

Assistant Manager: Mark Danks

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