County Cup draw
Swifts have been drawn at home in the Worcestershire FA Senior Cup Round 1 to Worcester Raiders. The winners will play Pershore or Studley in Round 2. The match will be played on Tuesday 1st October, kick off 7.45pm
In the Smedley Crooke Cup, Swifts have been drawn against Dudley Town at home, to be played on Tuesday 22nd October.
Midland Football League newsletter
from Gary Hazlehurst 12th September
Non League Pyramid sees major re vamp
The 2019/20 season commences with many new teams in the MFL and the League extend a warm welcome and hope they enjoy their time in our competition. It has been a summer of major changes across MFL divisions with the managerial merry go round in full swing. It promises to be an exciting season with many clubs hopeful of success.
There will be significant changes in the non-league structure at the end of the coming season with new leagues at Step 5 and Step 6 reducing to 17 leagues. The Midland Football League submitted a credible application to be allocated an additional Step 5 and Step 6 division. Unfortunately, that application was unsuccessful, and the MFL will continue to run one Step 5 and one Step 6 division next season. Two of the traditional feeder leagues, West Midlands Regional League and East Midlands Counties League have lost their Step 6 status, and this implies that the make-up of the top two MFL divisions next season will be very different.
Promotion and relegation this season will again be clouded by points per game. Promotion from Step 5 favours Northern clubs with three promoted from each of the Northern league, North East Counties league and North West Counties League. The winners of the MFL Premier Division will be promoted to Step 4. This is where it gets messy. The four best placed runners up from Combined Counties League, Eastern Counties League, Essex Senior League, Hellenic League, Midland league, Southern Counties East, Spartan South Midlands, Southern Combination, United Counties League, Wessex League and Western League, on a points per game basis will be promoted to Step 4. The remaining 7 runners up will play one of the bottom Step 4 sides in a play-off to be hosted by the higher placed side.
Relegation will also depend on Points Per Game. The Clubs in the bottom place in each of the fourteen divisions at Step 5 at the end of the Regular Season will be ranked on a points per match basis (then goal difference, then goals scored if required) - the twelve lowest will be relegated and placed in the most geographically appropriate division of Step 6.
Promotion from Step 6 is much simpler. The top four clubs from all Step 6 leagues (apart from the two South West divisions which are promoting two only) will be promoted to Step 5. The bottom two clubs will be relegated to Step 7. All Step 7 Clubs seeking promotion to Step 6 must make an application using the prescribed form direct to The Association, copied to their existing League, by 31st December in the relevant year. In order to be considered for promotion Clubs must finish in 1st position in their Step 7 league.
If the Club finishing in 1st position does not wish to be promoted or fails to meet the entry criteria, then the club finishing in 2nd position will be eligible for the promotion. If the club in 2nd position does not seek promotion or fails to meet the entry criteria, then clubs down to 5th position may be considered for promotion provided that they meet the appropriate entry criteria. Clubs finishing below 5th position may not be considered for promotion and, for this season only, more than one club may be considered from each League.
Stourport Swifts Sunday
Kidderminster Premier League - as at 15 September
|Green Man||3||3||0||0||12||4||9||Stourbridge Athletic||2 1||Stourport Swifts|
|Stourbridge Athletic||3||3||0||0||10||5||9||Stourport Swifts||3 5||Green Man|
|Areley Kings||3||2||1||0||7||3||7||Netherton||3 4||Stourport Swifts|
|Pure Sport Foundation||3||0||0||2||3||8||3|
|Wombourne Pool Bar||2||0||1||1||6||7||1|
|Netherton Colts Seniors||2||0||0||2||1||8||0|
Stourport Swifts Under 18’s
Midland Floodlit League Southern Division -
|Stratford Town Juniors||4||3||1||0||17||3||10|
|Kidderminster Harriers Juniors||3||2||1||0||13||1||7|
|Boldmere St Michaels||2||1||0||1||11||7||3|