Swifts shut out
Stourport Swifts 1 Lye Town 1 MPL Tues 15th August Att: 100
Stourport Swifts were held 1-1 on Tuesday night at the Walshes as ten man Lye held on for a point.
Manager Mark Phillips was forced into three changes from Saturday through injury, plus the loss off suspended Aaron Lloyd, but produced a battling performance which should have given them all three points.
Lye almost took the lead after 10 minutes when Jack Till robbed Matt Fulloway and raced through on goal, but Dominic Richards save well at his feet. Joe Colley headed narrowly over in the 19th minute, and Reece Shilvock did the same for Lye following Billingham’s corner from the right.
Dan Flowers and Adam Meacham were both booked for Lye after an ugly exchange with Sweeney, then the visitors took the lead just before half time when Swifts failed to clear and Jack Till lashed his shot into the roof of the net from six yards.
Swifts equalised six minutes into the second half when Nick MacPherson and Ben Priest combined well to set up Perry, whose shot was well saved by Charlie Price in the Lye goal, but MacPherson followed up to force home from close range. In the 67th minute MacPherson broke clear on goal and was brought down by Luke Paskin on the edge of the box, and the Lye defender was sent off. Sweeney saw his free kick tipped over the bar by Price, and Jack Bailey just failed to connect from Perry’s right wing cross.
Stourport piled on the pressure in an attempt to force a winner, but Bailey shot straight at Price, and MacPherson shot narrowly wide with Price stranded as Lye held on for a point.
SWIFTS:Richards,Caines,Fulloway,Hurrell,Wager,Smith,Sweeney,Priest,Perry,Colley,MacPherson. SUBS USED: Bailey,Joe Hanson
Long Eaton Utd. 1 Stourport Swifts 2 Sat 12th Aug MPL Att: 82
Swifts goalkeeper Dominic Richards was produced a series of fine saves to keep his side in this match as they battled their way to three points in the opening League match of the season.
The game was only four minutes old when Richards saved brilliantly from United striker Shaun Rickford as Swifts were slow to come out of the blocks.
The visitors took a further blow when Jim Hanson was forced off with a knee injury after 21 minutes to be replaced by Jack Bailey. Richards was inaction again seconds later to tip a fierce low drive from Jake Wholey round the post.
Dan Sweeney looked the main threat for Stourport, and twice shot wide when he may have done better.
It was Bailey who broke the deadlock on 42 minutes when he pounced on some hesitant defending from defender Ryan Head and squeeze his low shot past Jake Want in the Long Eaton goal to give Swifts the lead.
Swifts had another let off just before the break when Alex Ford robbed Matt Fulloway but fired just wide.
Long Eaton produced their heaviest pressure just after the break, and from a series of corners Ben Priest was in the right place to clear Brendan Clarke’s goalbound header off the line.
Sam Beasley shot inches wide as Swifts broke from some good work by Sweeney, who was replaced by Nick MacPherson with ten minutes left.
MacPherson eased the pressure with a fine solo goal two minutes later, dancing past two defenders before firing a curling shot home from the corner of the box.
Swifts relief was short lived when Ford scrambled one back for Long Eaton just a minute later to set up a nervy finish, but the momentum was broken when United striker Rickard was sent off with five minutes left for two successive yellow cards.
SUBS Used: Bailey,MacPherson
Swifts edged out in extra time thriller
Stourport Swifts 2 Sporting Khalsa 3 (after extra time,90 mins 1-1) Att:114
Stourport Swifts went out of the F.A.Cup after extra time in this Extra Preliminary Round replay.
Swifts hung on after taking the lead through Dan Sweeney early in the second half until the dying seconds of normal time, when full back Carlo Franco gave Khalsa a lifeline with a last gasp equaliser.
Brave Swifts produced a resolute performance to trade punches with one of the MPL’s top teams, but after Aaron Lloyd was sent off with nine minutes left, they were left with an uphill struggle.
Dominic Richards was the busiest keeper in the first half, with two fine saves from Khalsa striker David Meese, but Khalsa had to thank skipper Tesfa Robinson for a last ditch tackle on Dan Sweeney as he was about to score after rounding keeper Tom Turner.
Stourport took the lead on 52 minutes when Beasley played Sweeney in behind the Khalsa defence, and he raced through to make no mistake with a low shot past Turner.
Richards was twice in action again to save well from a Meese header, and at the feet of Marvin Nisbett when he looked certain to score. Lloyd and Perry combined well to create another Swifts chance, with Lloyd’s fierce volley from 18 yards just wide.
Lloyd’s controversial dismissal turned the game into one way traffic, but Swifts looked likely to hang on until Franco popped up at the far post in the dying seconds to level.
Khalsa went ahead when Richards could only get his fingertips to a left wing corner, and defender Leon Miles scrambled home from eight yards.
Nick MacPherson almost levelled for ten man Swifts minutes later, but Turner save well as he ran through on goal. Turner saved well again from Sweeney’s 20 yard free kick before Meese increased the lead after 25 minutes into extra time to make it 3-1.
Swifts came back again when Beasley blasted home a penalty after Perry was brought down in the box, but the clock ran out.
SWIFTS:Richards,Hanson,Fulloway,Hurrell,Priest,Hudson,Sweeney,Beasley,Perry,Colley,Lloyd.SUBS USED: Maund,MacPherson,Bailey
Sporting Khalsa 2 Stourport Swifts 2 FA Cup Att: 57
Stourport Swifts came back from two down at the break to earn a replay in this FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie.
In a fiercely competitive match, Swifts started well with Beasley and Lloyd both going close in the opening minutes. Alex Smith cleared off the line from Beckley and Richards saved well from Lawley, and also tipped over a long range effort from Bannister.
Khalsa took the lead on the half hour when Simeon Townsend pounced on a loose clearance to round Richards and score. Ben Maund tested Tom Turner with a 20 yard effort, but with five minutes to go before half time Khalsa went 2-0 up when Craig Bannister blasted a 20 yard free kick home off the underside of the bar.
Swifts started the second half brightly, and Lloyd was unlucky to see his header come back off the crossbar, and just a minute later Dan Sweeney’s close range shot hit the post from four yards out.
Manager Mark Phillips brought on Parsons-Smith and Nick MacPherson in an attempt to get Swifts back into the match, and with fifteen minutes to go it was a curling free kick from the left from Parsons-Smith that split the Khalsa defenders for Matt Fulloway to force high into the net from eight yards.
Dominic Richards produced a brilliant full length save Townsend before Jim Hanson arrived in the box to volley a deserved equaliser for the Swifts.
Ashley Parsons-Smith jinked past Khalsa skipper Robinson in the dying seconds, but Turner produced an outstanding save to keep out his thunderous shot.
The replay is at Walshes Meadow on Tuesday night, 8th August, kick off 7.45 pm
SWIFTS:Richards,Smith,Fulloway,Priest,Hanson,Sweeney,Perry,Colley,Beasley,Maund,Lloyd. SUBS USED: Parsons-Smith,MacPherson,Wager
Stourport Swifts 0 Evesham United 4 Att:75
Stourport Swifts went down to a heavy defeat against Evo Stik league Evesham in their final pre season friendly.
Matt Fulloway dropped out just before kick off with a knee injury, and Swifts were a goal down after just 4 minutes when Joel Caines brought down Jordan Lymn in the box and Nick Stanley stepped up to put Evesham in front from the spot.
One bright spot for the Swifts was the form of keeper Dominic Richards, making his first appearance of the pre season after injury, and he produced a series of fine saves from Bryan,Campbell and Brain.
Swifts best chance came on the stroke of half time when Sam Gilder in the Evesham goal produced a point blank save from Beasley.
Swifts seemed to run out of steam after the break, and with only two subs to call on due to injury and holidays, Evesham turned up the heat with goals from Fahy, Brad Gray and Matt Williams.
SWIFTS: Richards,Smith,Hurrell,Malley,Caines,Sweeney,Priest,Beasley,Lloyd,Perry,Hudson.SUBS USED: McPherson,Colley.
Stourport Swifts 2 Bewdley Town 2 (Swifts win 4-2 on penalties) Att: 65
Stourport Swifts won the inaugural John McDonald Trophy on penalties after a late equaliser from Ben Priest.
Bewdley missed the chances to sew up this match early on as Swifts experimented with a different formation. Lewis Pountney hit the bar with a fierce shot after just two minutes, but Lyle Hickman put Bewdley in front a minute later when he raced through and took advantage of a hesitation between Aaron Lloyd and keeper Brad Flude to score.
Bewdley hit the woodwork for a second time when Luke Morris curled a 20 yard shot against the post after 11 minutes.
Joe Siddaway saved well at Alex Perry’s feet to deny Swifts best chance of the half, and Pountney shot wide on 35 minutes when he perhaps should have done better.
Swifts introduced skipper Sam Beasley, Dan Sweeney, Paul Hurrell and Ashley Parsons-Smith at half time, and looked a different proposition going forward as Lloyd was pushed back into his usual strikers role.
Eleven minutes into the second half Swifts were level when Parsons-Smith crossed from the left, Perry dummied, and Lloyd blasted home on the half volley from 12 yards out.
Matt Fulloway just failed to connect with Lloyd’s cross with 6 minutes left, then Pountney looked to have won it for Bewdley with a superb 40 yard lob over Brad Flude.
Priest had other ideas just 3 minutes later when he produced some neat footwork on the edge of the box to evade two defenders and rifle into the top corner to take the game to penalties.
After Dan Sweeney missed Swifts first kick, Jones and Pountney missed for Bewdley, with Flude saving brilliantly, and Beasley,Parsons-Smith,Lloyd, and Joel Caines with the decider, all scored to give Swifts the Trophy.
Stourport Swifts 1 Stourbridge 2 Att:168
Stourport Swifts went down to a last gasp Josh Green winner after clawing their way back in this entertaining pre season friendly.
After falling behind to a 10th minute goal from Brandon Hague in an energetic start from from Stourbridge, Swifts contained their Evo Stik League opponents to create the best chances of the second half.
Aaron Lloyd twice shot wide from good positions, and Swifts keeper Tom Palmer produced two outstanding saves from Hague and Jordan Archer.
Skipper Sam Beasley cleared off the line from Paul McCone’s header, before Palmer again saved well from Hague’s low shot. Swifts got back on terms with 6 minutes remaining when Alex Perry managed to get his cross in under some heavy pressure, for MacPherson to squeeze his shot under Joe Collingridge.
The game looked to be finishing in a draw until the last seconds, when full back Green arrived to blast past Palmer from close range.
SWIFTS: Palmer, Smith, Hurrell, Fulloway, Caines, Sweeney, Beasley, Priest, Maund, Lloyd, Perry SUBS USED: Hudson, Colley, Parsons-Smith, MacPherson.
Stourport Swifts 2 Droitwich Spa 1 Att: 57
Stourport Swifts won their second warm up match after their eight goal mauling by Kidderminster Harriers last Saturday.
New signing Joel Caines put the Swifts ahead after nine minutes with a cool finish as he raced clear of the Droitwich defence.
The first half saw the best of the football from both sides, with Swifts keeping possession for long spells and Beasley and Sweeney both going close, and Droitwich defended well under some heavy pressure.
Nick MacPherson made it 2-0 after 58 minutes when he turned smartly to fire home after Bailey’s corner from the left, but Droitwich came straight back when James Lemon converted following a neat move down the right. Sweeney, Beasley and Bailey all squandered good chances to make the game comfortable.
Swifts are at home to Stourbridge on Saturday in their third warm up game, kick off 3.00pm
Stourport Swifts 0 Kidderminster Harriers 8 Attendance : 218
from Harriers Matty Paddock
HARRIERS were comfortable pre-season winners at Stourport Swifts as Joe Ironside’s four goals helped the team cruise to a 8-0 victory.
The front man looked in fine form and it was he who set the scoring going for the day with a ninth minute strike.Ryan Croasdale doubled the lead just after the break before Ironside started firing again with a further three – Sam Austin also chipping in with a fine finish of his own to make it five before Andre Brown and Liam Truslove completed the rout.
Harriers controlled the game from the off and were almost ahead after a couple of minutes when Tyrone Williams crossed for Ironside who saw an effort well blocked.
The striker wouldn’t be denied for long, however, and with just nine minutes gone he nodded his team in front – a lead that Andre Brown almost doubled when he tried to lift a shot over the goalkeeper moments later.
In fact, Brown should have bagged a couple in the first half – around the half hour he made a pair of intelligent runs into the area being played through by Truslove and McQuilkin, denied on each occasion as the goalkeeper dealt with low shots.
How the shot stopper, Callum Grant, quite managed to keep out Brown’s close-range effort eight minutes before the break is anyone’s guess but after Ironside crossed low and Brown finished, he appeared from nowhere to keep the score at one.
Harriers added more goals quickly after the restart – Croasdale set up by Ironside before slotting a low finish from distance into the bottom corner; Ironside then nabbing his second as he picked the bones of chances from Brown and Sonupe to fire in from close range.
Ironside’s hat-trick arrived before the hour mark – quick thinking from Webb and Sonupe saw the former Nuneaton man on the spot to again find the net.
On 67 minutes Austin got in on the act – set free as he raced into the area, he saw his initial shot well blocked but kept his composure enough to gather himself and fire a second stab into the top corner.
The goals didn’t seem to stop coming – Liam Truslove’s powerful low drive saw him find the net in giving the goalkeeper no chance, Ironside then finishing the day as he started it with the eighth goal of the afternoon, another fizzed shot driving across the face of goal and into the bottom corner.
Substitute Ben Maund had Swifts best chance in the second half, but his shot was well blocked by the keeper.