Swifts drawn at home in next round of F.A. Vase
After their 5-1 win against Paget Rangers, Swifts have been drawn at home to Shirebrook Town in the First Round Proper of the FA Vase. Shirebrook play in the Northern Counties East League, Division One, which is step 6 of the non league pyramid They put out MPL Long Eaton United in the 2nd qualifying round. The match will be played on Saturday 21st October, kick off 3.00pm
Stourport Swifts have been drawn at home to Westfields in Round 2 of the Polymac Packaging League Cup. The match will be played on Tuesday 17th October, kick off 7.45pm. The winners of this tie will face the winners of Walsall Wood or Highgate United in Round 3.
In the Worcester Infirmary Cup, Swifts have been drawn at home to Division One pacesetters Studley, the match to be played on Tuesday 14th November, kick off 7.30 pm
In the Worcestershire Senior Urn, Swifts have been drawn away to Malvern Town, in a repeat of last season's Worcester Infirmary Cup final. The match will be played on Tuesday 5th December, kick off 7.45pm.
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The Midland Football League are pleased to announce that Total Motion Vehicle Management Limited, based at Meridian Park Leicester, have agreed to be the Headline Sponsor of the League for the foreseeable future.
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Michael Joiner, Chairman of the Midland Football League, says ‘I am delighted that a highly prestigious company such as Total Motion have agreed to sponsor the MFL.The Directors and Officers of the League together with the Clubs will do everything within our power to support the Sponsorship so that we can mutually look forward to a lengthy relationship to the benefit of both parties.’ For the foreseeable future the League will be known as the Total Motion Midland Football League.
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Midland League Newsletter - from Gary Hazlehurst - 27th September
FA Vase Round 1
Matches to be played Saturday October 21st
Walsall Wood vs Atherstone Town
Lutterworth Town vs Coventry United
Westfields vs Shifnal Town
Brocton vs Wednesfield
Stourport Swifts vs Shirebrook Town
Worcester City vs Sherwood Colliery
Rugby Town vs Harrowby United
Pinxton vs Heather St Johns
Racing Club Warwick vs Clipstone
Haughmond vs Worksop Town
Bardon Hill vs Quorn
Stafford Town vs Kimberley Miners Welfare
AFC Wulfrunians vs Leicester Nirvana
Rushden & Higham United vs Highgate United or Whitchurch Alport
Holbeach United vs South Normanton Athletic
FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round
Pride of place in the FA Vase goes to Heather St Johns who knocked out Premier Division Rocester 3-0 at St Johns Park. Haughmond eased into the 1st round proper with a 4-1 win at Bilston Town Community, Andy Jones scoring twice. Boldmere St Michaels and Worcester City were involved in a thriller at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground. An 89th minute equaliser from Nicky Dodd for The Mikes made it 2-2 and sent the game into extra time. Joe Smith scored for the Mikes with Daye Reynolds grabbing his second of the game to drew things level. In the 109th minute step forward Lee Hughes who saw his team into Round 1.
South Normanton Athletic fell behind at Boston Town after just 8 minutes but The Shiners came back to win 2-1. A double from Matt Hearsey helped AFC Wulfrunians to a 4-2 win at Chelmsley Town. Walsall Wood travelled to West Midlands Regional League Leaders Cradley Town and made it through to Round 1 with a 2-0 win. Brocton had a thumping victory, 6-0 away at WMRL Dudley Sports, the goals shared across the team. Kyle Turner scored a hat-trick for Atherstone Town as they beat WMRL Dudley Town 4-0 at The Dell Stadium. WMRL frontrunners Wolverhampton Sporting Community travelled to Heath Hayes and made comfortable progress with a 3-0 win, Dimitri Dunkley scoring twice. A goal two minutes from time from Ryan Evans gave Quorn a 2-1 win at Holbrook Sports. A Joe Boachie double wasn’t enough for Loughborough University as they were beaten 4-2 at Hollywell by Staveley Miners Welfare. Racing Club Warwick went goal crazy as they beat Coventry Copsewood 7-1 at Townsend Meadow. Luke Cole scored three and Sean Kavanagh two to send the Racers through.
Division 2 Droitwich Spa were seconds away from the 1st round at Shifnal Town but a last minute equaliser for the home side sent it into extra-time. Ben Novis made it 3-2 to Shifnal in the 107th minute and that’s how it finished. Spa finished the game with 8 men and Shifnal 9 as the referee showed 5 red cards. Long Eaton United bowed out of the competition losing 3-1 at Shirebrook Town. Rugby Town had four different scorers as they beat Smethwick 4-1 at the Aspray Arena. Ryan Pace scored twice for Stafford Town as they beat Ashby Ivanhoe 4-1 at Evans Park.
Stourport Swifts had five different scorers in their 5-1 victory over Paget Rangers at Walshes Meadow. Alex Perry, Aaron Lloyd, Drew Canavan, Paul Hurrell and Nick MacPherson on the scoresheet. A goal in each half gave North West Counties Hanley Town a 2-0 win at Division 1 leaders Studley. Littleton went out of the competition at WMRL Wellington losing 2-1. Westfields had a tough looking fixture at home to Daventry Town but a 6-0 win says otherwise with Carlos Moreira and Kingsford Adjei scoring twice.
Coventry United looked to be heading out of the competition at home to Stone Old Alleynians but two goals in stoppage time sent them through 2-1. Uttoxeter Town were beaten 1-0 by former MFL side Bardon Hill at Oldfields.
Just two games in the Premier Division on Saturday and they both impacted the top of the table. Leaders Coleshill Town made it 7 wins out of 9 with the returning Jordan Nadat getting the only goal of the game at Shepshed Dynamo. Bromsgrove Sporting move up to 2nd with a 2-0 local derby win over Lye Town in front of a bumper 765 at The Victoria Ground.
Coleshill Town extended their lead at the top of the table to 6 points with a 3-2 win over Highgate United at Pack Meadow. Dean Rathbone scored twice for the Colemen who were 3-0 up at the break. Sporting Khalsa moved up to 7th with an emphatic 5-0 win over Boldmere St Michaels, Mike Perks scoring twice. A late penalty save from John Bateman denied Haughmond a share of the points as AFC Wulfrunians ran out 2-1 at the CKW Stadium.
Swifts Announce Junior Programme
Stourport Swifts Junior Programme gets under way this season with the introduction of FIVE levels of Junior teams in action.
Headed up by qualified FA Coach Steve Shepherd and playing most of their games at Stourport High School, the teams are already attracting a host of local talent.
There will be a team of ‘Mini Swifts’ for 7-9 year olds, plus Under 11’s, Under 12’s, two Under 13 teams, and an Under 15 side.
Chairman Pip Hanson said ‘’We have been looking to get this under way for some time. Steve is a very experienced coach and his knowledge and enthusiasm will help us establish a pipeline of young players coming through in all age groups, and raise our profile throughout the area.’’
Premier League welcomes new faces
The Midland Premier League will have a fresh look for the new season, with a total of five new faces making up the 22 members for the 2017-2018 season.
Promoted from Division One of the Midland League are Bromsgrove Sporting, who romped to the title without losing a match, and scored 132 goals in the process.
From the East Midlands Counties League, South Normanton Athletic are the promoted team, who finished runners up to West Bridgford in their League, some eight points behind. They had the meanest defence in the division, with only 46 goals conceded.
Haughmond F.C. were promoted as champions from the West Midlands Regional League.
Rugby Town come down from the Evo Stik South League, where they were replaced by MPL Champions Alvechurch.
Our illustrious neighbours Worcester City complete the list of new teams in the MPL, having elected to drop 3 step levels instead of the one dictated by their eventual relegation from the National League North. We look forward to some memorable matches this coming season.
Full list of teams for 2017-2018:
AFC Wulfrunians, Boldmere St Michaels, Bromsgrove Sporting, Coleshill Town, Coventry Sphinx, Coventry United, Haughmond, Heanor Town, Highgate United, Long Eaton United, Loughborough University, Lye Town, Quorn, Rocester, Rugby Town, Shawbury United, Shepshed Dynamo, South Normanton Athletic, Sporting Khalsa, Stourport Swifts, Westfields, Worcester City.