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
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
Ten man Swifts go down at home to leaders
Stourport Swifts 0 Hanley Town 3 MPL Tues 2nd November
Swifts midfielder Callum Allchurch’s departure after 31 minutes ended this match as a contest, as unbeaten Hanley Town continued their march at the top of the table.
Allchurch looked to have won the ball cleanly in a fierce challenge on Carl Dickinson, but was dismissed for a high tackle to leave Swifts with a mountain to climb.
Lee Hughes cut in side after 18 minutes and tested Kieran Harrison with a low drive before Chris Dagnall gave the visitors when he forced home from close range after Reece Jones crossed from the right, then Matt Gardner shot narrowly wide after some good work and cross from Hughes from the right. After the loss of Allchurch Swifts battled gamely to stem the tide against an impressive Hanley outfit, and Richards saved well from Dodds and Jayden Cotterill. Early in the second half Hughes almost levelled the score when Harrison was left scrambling to tip over his 40 yard lob, and just managed to head clear when he was caught outside the box.
Although forced back for long spells as Hanley controlled possession, Swifts made it difficult for the eleven men, restricting any goal bound efforts to long range. Gardner tried his own long range lob after 59 minutes, but Harrison raced back to save, but Josh Green finally made a good chance count in the 75th minute when he arrived at the far post to drive an angled shot past Richards from 15 yards.
Hanley made it three with four minutes left when Aaron Cole blocked Richards’ clearance and the ball cannoned back into an empty net.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Higginson, Tilbury, Sinclair, Canavan, Allchurch, Birch, Gardner, Hughes, Antonio. SUBS USED: Binner, James Gardner, Espley
Late goal snatches Swifts a point
Stone Old Alleynians 3 Stourport Swifts 3 MPL Sat 30th October Att: 56
Edilson Antonio was on hand with a last gasp equaliser to give Swifts a well deserved point in this six goal thriller.
Stone started brightly and Jack Tomlinson tested Dom Richards in the Swifts goal after five minutes from a Jack Bowater cross. Taylor Townsend looked dangerous on the Swifts right, and set up Drew Canavan, who forced a fine save from Adam Alcock. Canavan then opened up the Stone defence for Mason Birch to break clear and fire an angled drive past Alcock and put the Swifts in front. The lead lasted only nine minutes, and as the Swifts backline dithered, Sam Wilson pounced to level, then Jack Bowater skipped past two defenders to score to give the home side a 2-1 lead at the break.
Antonio replaced the injured Matt Jackson at half time and produced an immediate impact, first seeing his goalbound effort cleared off the line, then breaking through the Stone defence, but shooting straight at the advancing Alcock. Matters then became even worse for the Swifts when Bowater caught defenders square and coolly drove past Richards to make it3-1 after 62 minutes. Swifts refused to lie down, and both Canavan, from a 20 yard free kick, and Birch with a snap shot from the edge of the box, shot narrowly wide, before Antonio eluded two defenders on the left and Matt Gardner forced in at the far post to pull it back to 3-2.
Dom Richards somehow kept out two close range shots in an amazing scramble at the other end before Higginson then Tilbury finally cleared, but as the clock ticked down, both Canavan and Tilbury mis fired in front of goal before Townsend jinked past two defenders in the tightest of spaces, and Antonio was on the spot to force in an equaliser with four minutes left.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Higginson, Tilbury, Sinclair, Townsend, Slevin, Birch, Jackson, Gardner, Canavan. SUBS USED: Antonio, Binner
Two goals in a minute costly for Swifts
Stourport Swifts 1 Uttoxeter Town 3 MPL Sat 16th October Att: 120
Stourport Swifts took an early lead in this match but two Uttoxeter goals in two minutes in the second half cost them dearly as they slipped to another home defeat.
Skipper Martin Slevin was the Swifts first half inspiration as he drove a low free kick from the edge of the box past Town keeper Harvey Adams after Matt Gardner had been brought down.
Jack Downing, returning for Swifts after a knee injury, was a constant threat down the right, and his dangerous cross somehow evaded Gardner and Edilson flashed across the box. Downing forced a series of saves from Adams and Callum Allchurch shot narrowly wide before Paul Hughes levelled for Uttoxeter in the 25th minute after Ben Tilbury slipped to allow him a free run on goal to coolly slot past Richards.
Allchurch saw another effort deflected narrowly wide, but Jake Avery unsettled the Swifts defence down the right when he first headed just wide, then tested Richards with a low effort.
Swifts thought they had taken the lead after 59 minutes when Jack Downing robbed Jack Hassall in possession and turned quickly to lob over the advancing Adams, but he was ruled to have fouled the defender. Five minutes later they were behind when Richards saved well from Ross Haig, but the attempted clearance cannoned off harry Higginson for a bizarre own goal, but worse was to follow just a minute later when Swifts were caught flat footed on the break, and Jake Avery raced clear to slot past Richards to make it 3-1. Adams produced an outstanding fingertip save low to his right to keep out Gardner’s header, and seconds later Downing broke clear down the right and produced a pinpoint low cross, but Elliott Lees could only fire straight at the keeper.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Higginson, Tilbury, Yates, Downing, Binner, Slevin, Allchurch, Gardner, Antonio. SUBS USED: Eley, Danks, Lees
Swifts notch first win
Haughmond 1 Stourport Swifts 3 MPL Sat 9th October Att:68
Stourport Swifts recorded their first win of the season in game number ten to kick start their stuttering campaign.
Early pressure could not produce an opening goal as first Antonio shot wide when well placed, and dangerous crosses from Joe Hanson on the right and Matt Jackson from the left failed to receive the finishing touch they deserved. Swifts had a narrow escape after 23 minutes Jordan Brook’s looping header came back off the bar, but they quickly hit back as Gardner first tested Sam Jones with a low shot from the edge of the box, and a Jordan Cox cross was cleared almost on the line by defender Leigh Brindley.
Swifts fell behind a minute before half time when Scott Ryan’s through ball split the Swifts defence and Joe Yeboah raced clear to coolly slot past Richards.
Swifts started brightly after the break, and with 51 minutes gone Gardner tested Jones low to his right, but two minutes later skipper Martin Slevin put his side level with a sublime 40 yard chip shot that left Jones helpless.
Five minutes later Haughmond suffered a blow when defender Jordan Brook received a straight red card, and Swifts seized the opportunity to take control of the match. Matt Jackson put Gardner through on goal and the striker was strong enough ride Finn Sansom’s challenge and calmly slide past Jones. Edilson Antonio then looked certain to score when put through by Cox, but his shot was well blocked by the advancing Jones.
With 16 minutes to go Matt Jackson was brought down in the box by Fletcher, and Gardner stepped up to drive the penalty firmly home. Swifts should have added to their tally, but both Jackson and Slevin, just before time, wasted golden chances.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Higginson, Tilbury, Yates, Cox, Slevin, Binner, Jackson, Gardner, Antonio. SUBS USED: Espley, Danks
Swifts draw a blank
Stourport Swifts 0 Walsall Wood 0 MPL Saturday 25th September Att:93
Stourport Swifts made it nine games without a win after failing to break down a stubborn Walsall Wood defence on Saturday.
Building on last week’s improved performance at Wulfrunians, Swifts had the lion’s share of possession in the first half, but had little to show for it, but almost took the lead in the 29th minute when Wood keeper Lloyd Ransome fumbled Matt Gardner’s downward header and Phil Mckerdy scrambled clear. Ransome was grateful five minutes later when Gardner’s fierce 20 yard effort flashed narrowly wide after a short free kick gave him a shooting chance.
Wood’s Jai Verma was keeping the Swifts defence on it’s toes with some trickery down the right side, but Tilbury and Higginson in particular were giving their side a re assuring look. Verma twice tested Bishop early in the second half, and one mazy run past three defenders left him clear, but his tame shot was comfortably dealt with.
Ransome at the other end held on to Nathan Binner’s header after a Slevin cross from the right picked him out, and a 25 yard free kick from Slevin caused some anxiety before Tolley cleared the danger. Ethan Moran shot narrowly wide as Swifts threatened to break the stalemate, and Tommy Smith was in the nick of time to prevent Jim Hanson pulling the trigger. Swifts came away with some consolation after securing their first clean sheet of the season.
SWIFTS: Bishop, Joe Hanson, Higginson, Tilbury, Yates, Moran, Slevin, Binner, Cox, Gardner, Antonio. SUBS USED: Whetton, Jones, Jim Hanson
Wulfs maul Swifts
AFC Wulfrunians 2 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Sat 18th September Att: 85
Swifts took an early lead again at the CKW Stadium but still finished losers as they made it 8 games without a win this season.
Edilson Antonio’s cool finish put Swifts ahead in a bright start when he slid his precision shot past the advancing Tom Hayward in the Wulfs goal. Swifts U21’s keeper Josh Bishop, in for the injured Dom Richards, saved well from James Hill’s header, and was relieved to see Tom Poole’s low shot flash wide. The Wulf’s were level after 17minutes when Swifts failed to clear in a scramble and Jack Rowley drove in from 8 yards. Matt Gardner could have restored the Swifts lead before the break, but scuffed his shot tamely at Hayward. Bishop then produced a fine save to keep out Dominic Dell’s fierce 25yard free kick .
Jack Downing curled a 20 yard effort just over the top, and Hayward had to be alert to tip defender Craig Gregg’s over his own bar from Fuller’s free kick. The decisive second goal came on 59 minutes when Harry Higginson rolled a loose pass 30 yards out straight to James Hill, who stepped forward to drive an unstoppable shot into the top corner to leave Swifts pointless again.
SWIFTS: Bishop, Joe Hanson, Higginson, Tilbury, Yates, Fuller, Slevin, Binner, Downing, Gardner, Antonio. SUBS USED: Cox, Canavan
Swifts crash at Worcester
Worcester City 4 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Weds 15th September Att: 490
Stourport Swifts went down with a whimper in this first local derby at Worester City’s new home at Claines.
Swifts even went in front when City keeper Brendon Bunn inexplicably rolled out straight to Matt Gardner who scored one of his simplest goals to make it three in two games.
Worcester then took over, but should have gone two behind when Bailey Fuller blazed over then top when clean through with only Bunn to beat. Defender Fortune Maphosa headed City level in the 38th minute, and Worcester went ahead 4 minutes into the second half when Dan Westwood was on hand to fire in from close range. Swifts showed little in response, and struggled to contain a rampant Worcester attack, and Westwood completed a good night for his side with goals in the 61st and 77th minute for an impressive hat trick.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Higginson, Layton, Dutton, Fuller, Slevin, Binner, Cox, Tilbury, Gardner. SUBS USED: Yates, Downing, Canavan
Six goal thriller ends all square
Stourport Swifts 3 Bewdley Town 3 MPL Tues 7th September Att: 313
A bumper crowd of over 300 saw Stourport Swifts race into a two goal lead but finish grabbing a point with six minutes left in this first ever Premier League derby.
New signing Matt Gardner started brightly, and after Bailey Fuller saw his shot well saved by Joe Sidaway in the Bewdley goal, Jordan Cox crossed from the left and Gardner headed just wide. With 14 minutes gone Gardner went even closer when his 25 yard effort rattled the crossbar, and Fuller was on hand to collect the rebound and drive an angled left foot shot into the top corner to give the Swifts a 1-0 lead. Six minutes later Gardner was on the score sheet himself when he rose at the far post to head in a pin point cross from Ben Tilbury. Swifts dominated as Bewdley struggled to contain some of their best football so far in a disappointing start to the season, and Downing, Slevin and Fuller could all have added to the score, but ten minutes into the second half Bewdley were back in the match when Sam Lester’s shot from the edge of the box took a wicked deflection and finished up in the top corner of Josh Bishop’s net. Bewdley stepped up a gear after pulling one back, but Swifts should still have increased their lead, with Slevin and Fuller both seeing shots effort saved, and Jack Downing firing tamely at Sidaway when well placed.
Bewdley were level in the 74th minute when Simon Rudd crossed from the right for Dylan Harte to plant a near post header firmly past Bishop, and within the space of four minutes Harte added a second from the penalty spot after Bishop was judged to have brought him down in the box. Jordan Graham almost made the game safe for Bewdley after Bishop hesitated, but his goalbound effort was scrambled clear, and in a frantic last ten minutes, Garner was on hand to force in a late leveller for the Swifts.
SWIFTS: Bishop, Joe Hanson, Cordell, Layton, Jackson, Fuller, Tilbury, Slevin, Cox, Gardner, Downing. SUBS USED: Canavan
Swifts still winless
Stourport Swifts 0 Highgate United 3 MPL Mon 30th August Att: 52
Stourport Swifts are still without a win so far this season after Highgate recorded a comfortable away win to move up to sixth in the table.
Despite a much better start than in recent weeks, with Jack Downing twice going close in the opening minutes, Highgate took the lead after 22minutes when Connor Doyle crossed from the left and Ryan Booth was first to react as Swifts defenders dithered to put his side in front from close range. Bailey Fuller twice tested Bradley Catlow as Swifts pushed to get level, but a minute before half time Correy Carrithers was judged to have been brought down in the box by Slevin, and although Richards saved Booth’s fierce penalty low to his right, it was the Highgate man who was first to react again to fire in the rebound.
Downing was played in just 4 minutes into the second half, and shot straight at Catlow from 12 yards out, but Swifts were fortunate when Highgate sub Lee Chilton blazed over the bar when well placed to increase his side’s lead. Swifts almost got one back after 71 minutes, but Lewis Clarke’s header from Fuller’s corner fell just wide. With another second half comeback looking less and less likely, Aon Abbas pounced on a misunderstanding between Hawkins and Jackson with 3 minutes left to fire crisply past Richards for number 3.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Hawkins, Tilbury, Jackson, Fuller, Slevin, Clarke, Binner, Cox, Downing, SUBS USED: Joe Hanson, Edilson, Danks
Canavan snatches late point
Stourport Swifts 2 Shifnal Town 2 MPL Sat 28th August Att: 103
Stourport Swifts suffered another nightmare start when they found themselves two goals down in the first 19 minutes and were fortunate that the score was only two by the end of the first half.
Swifts were bolstered by the addition of centre back Elie Ikwa, and the return of Bailey Fuller after a brief spell with Stratford, plus Jordan Cox returning from injury, but a sluggish and careless start saw Shifnal’s Harry Cunningham curl in a 40 yard free kick off the post as defenders watched. Matters got worse when Keanu Cooper drove in number two on 19 minutes when the Swifts back line hesitated again. Dom Richards was the only reason Shifnal did not have this match done and dusted by half time, with fine saves from Brandon Taylor’s header, a fierce effort from Jay Holdcroft, and a point blank stop from Rees Wedderburn.
Just after the break, Richards was called on again with a fine stop from Tom Hill, but on 52 minutes Swifts were back in it when Ben Tilbury was on hand to fire in from 5 yards after Canavan’s free kick from the left caused chaos in the Shifnal box. Swifts finally began to show some attacking promise, and Fuller shot wide when well placed, while a series of dangerous corners tested George Scott in the Shifnal goal. Stourport then had a lucky escape with ten minutes to go when Holdcroft cut in from left and his 20 yard effort came back off the bar.
With seconds remaining, Martin Slevin was brought down in the box and Canavan stepped up to thump the penalty past Scott to earn his side a last gasp point.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Cordell, Ikwa, Jackson, Fuller, Slevin, Tilbury,Cox, Downing, Canavan SUBS USED: Clarke, Edilson, Smith
Injuries mount as Swifts crash
Boldmere St Michaels 2 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Tues 17th August Att: 106
Swifts injury woes continued to mount as they went down in midweek at Boldmere St Michaels. Already without several key players, manager Quentin Townsend saw Joe Hawkins, Louis Jones and Nathan Binner all finish this game early with worrying injuries. “We have suffered badly with injuries and the season has barely started. We will just have to find some replacements as quickly as possible, and hope we can battle through it” said Townsend.
Swifts were boosted however by the return of skipper Martin Slevin after suspension, and continued where they left off from Saturday’s opener with a spirited opening. After some early Boldmere pressure, it was Slevin who forced an outstanding save from Boldmere keeper Dan Crane, who tipped over his fierce left foot volley from close range after a slick build up from the right. Boldmere responded some neat approach play themselves in the 19th minute and a slide rule pass from Isaac Phillips saw Alex McSkeane skip past two defenders and drive low past Richards from 12 yards to put his side in front.
Stourport then saw Hawkins and Jones depart in the space of four minutes, and were fortunate that both Harry Craven and Pedro Lima both headed over the bar following a series of corners as they re shuffled at the back.
In the second half Thompson-Brown blasted over the top in the 57th minute after Jackson failed to clear, and Richards saved well from McSkeane as Boldmere piled on the pressure, but the home side were fortunate themselves that Tilbury just failed to connect with Richard Smith’s cross, and Jack Downing tested Crane as Swifts threatened an equalizer.
Boldmere eased the tension of their slender lead in the 68th minute when Thompson-Brown made it 2-0 with a smart volley past Richards from Reece Leek’s left wing cross, but Drew Canavan set up a nervous last ten minutes when he blasted in from the spot to make it 2-1.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Hawkins, Layton, Jackson, Canavan, Binner, Slevin, Jones, Tilbury, Edilson. SUBS USED: Joe Hanson, Downing, Smith
Edilson snatches late point
Walsall Wood 2 Stourport Swifts 2 MPL Sat 14th August 2021 Att: 51
Stourport Swifts produced a battling display to come back from 2-0 down on Saturday, thanks to goals from two debut players, Louis Jones and Edilson Pazo-Antonio.
Swifts were forced to defend early on but managed to restrict a bright Walsall Wood attack to a couple of speculative long range efforts from Kevin Montero and Romario Martin. Dom Richards was also tested by a deflected cross from John Atherton from the right, and twice saved well from the energetic Martin in the space of five minutes to keep the scores level. Swifts closest effort came from skipper Kirk Layton, who just failed to connect with Binner’s through ball with keeper Lloyd Ransome stranded.
In the second half Wood stepped up a gear, and Charlie Shaw was on hand to drill home a low shot from 20 yards on 52 minutes after Swifts twice failed to clear from their own box. Five minutes later Richards prevented Tony Dwyer from increasing the lead with an outstanding point blank save. The pressure continued to mount, and the home side finally got the second goal their efforts deserved when Dwyer’s driven corner was met on the run by Phil McKerdy with a deft header into the far corner.
Swifts looked out of it, but the introduction of Canavan and Louis Jones from the bench saw a threat begin to build, and after forcing several corners, on 65 minutes Ben Tilbury crossed from the left and Jones reacted first to turn in at the near post from five yards and put his side back in the hunt. Walsall Wood suddenly looked far less at ease, and with 12 minutes left Edilson linked up with Jones in a neat 1-2 on the edge of the box and just got the touch as Ransome advanced to give his side a point.
With two minutes left on the clock, Dwyer looked certain to win it for Walsall Wood but scuffed his eight yard shot straight at a grateful Richards.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Hawkins, Cordell, Jackson, Downing, Layton, Binner, Edilson, Tilbury, Smith SUBS USED: , Canavan, Jones, Elliot Sumnall
Swifts fall at first hurdle
Stourport Swifts 0 Lichfield City 4 FA Cup Extra Prelim. Round 7th August 2021 Att:132
Stourport Swifts crashed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle after a disastrous start from which they never recovered.
From the kick off new centre back Joe Hawkins was booked for a clumsy challenge on Lichfield striker Jack Edwards, and after eight minutes Harrison Yates was shown what was surely the fastest red card of the season after bringing down Christian Blancette on his route to goal. Three minutes later the situation was even worse, when before Swifts could re organise, Edwards evaded a desperate tackle from Matt Jackson and thumped the visitors ahead with an angled drive past Dom Richards.
Richards saved well with his outstretched right foot from a low effort from Matt Dixon, and Joe Haines shot wide when well placed as Swifts struggled to get their act together, and just before the break they saw another stroke of luck when Blanchette curled in a 20yarder from the right which came back off the crossbar.
Swifts showed more resilience after the interval, but James Beeson in the Lichfield goal remained untroubled. Another goalbound effort from Edwards was blocked, and only an outstanding saving tackle from Layton prevented Haines from increasing the Lichfield lead. Richards then produced another top class save to deny City skipper Kyle Patterson, but after 69 minutes Max Black made no mistake when he arrived at the far post to volley in from six yards to make it 2-0.
The introduction of Canavan and Joe Hanson at least seemed to give Swifts some momentum, and their closest effort of the match came after 75 minutes when Hanson’s looping header was cleared off the line by Joe Haines. Just when it looked as if the Swifts were to escape with an almost respectable result considering the circumstances, Haines was on hand to add a third goal from close range with two minutes to go, and Max Dixon applied the finishing touch to a flowing move in the dying seconds to give Stourport a sobering defeat in their opening game of the new season.
SWIFTS: Richards, Yates, Hawkins, Cordell, Jackson, Downing, Layton, Clarke, Cox, Tilbury, Smith SUBS USED: Antonio, Canavan, Joe Hanson
Stourport Swifts 1 Walsall Wood 2 Buildbase FA Vase R4 Fri 16th April
Stourport Swifts’ FA Vase run ended with this 4th Round defeat to Midland League rivals Walsall Wood on Friday night.
Swifts started brightly, with Jack Watts firing narrowly over the top after 3 minutes, before making no mistake with a low shot on the turn 4 minutes later to beat Wood keeper James Wren from 12 yards to put the Swifts in front.
Skipper Ryan Wollacott headed just over the bar, then the visitors threatened twice in a couple of minutes when first Sam Fitzgerald shot just wide from a narrow angle, then Michael Nelson blazed wide also after Richards parried his first attempt.
Fitzgerald made no mistake after 20 minutes when Lewis Hayden was brought down outside the box and he blasted a 30 yard free kick into Richards’ top right hand corner to level the scores.
Walsall Wood looked likely to increase their lead when John Atherton escaped the attentions of Cordell on the left, but his driven cross missed the queue of teammates waiting in the box, and Fitzpatrick tested Richards with another long range effort.
Swifts best chance came four minutes before half time when Ben Tilbury raced clear on goal but the advancing Wren produced a fine save to tip his shot past the post.
In the second half Walsall Wood broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when a half clearance fell to the dangerous Fitzpatrick 25 yards out, and he delivered another fierce effort to beat Richards inside his left hand post. Swifts struggled to take the initiative, and Richards saved well from Nelson before the introduction of R’mar Murray, Joe Phillips and Mark Danks gave them new energy.
Murray looked threat from the left, and Swifts best effort in the closing stages saw his header flash narrowly wide from Canavan’s free kick.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Willets, Wollacott, Matt Hanson, Fuller, Quaynor, Layton, Canavan, Watts, Tilbury. SUBS USED: Murray, Phillips, Danks
No Christmas cheer for Swifts
Stourport Swifts 1 Worcester City 2 MPL Sat 26th December Att: 300
Swifts 9 match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end as battling Worcester City took all three points in this Boxing Day derby.
Swifts usual fast start did not materialise, and it was the visitors who threatened first, with Andy Nicol’s overhead kick skidding wide, before Chris Withington burst through a static Swifts defence to slide past Richards and inside the left hand post to put Worcester in front in the ninth minute.
Swifts did manage to respond, and Drew Canavan shot tamely at Dan Jezeph after some neat footwork from MacPherson, before Taylor Cordell surged forward from the right to put in a good cross, but Canavan again was off target with his header. Jack Watts then almost levelled after he jinked past two defenders on the byline, but chipped his shot onto the roof of the net.
Bailey Fuller was proving a thorn in the side of the Worcester defence from the right, and first Kirk Layton shot over the top after his fine cross was half cleared, then Canavan again missed the target after Fuller drove in a low cross. Matt Hanson stung Jezeph’s fingertips with a fierce 20 yard effort, then Watts went close, and Slevin’s long range effort was also saved as Swifts pressed hard for an equaliser as half time approached.
Fuller again opened the City defence five minutes into the second half, but his low cross avoided both Watts and Canavan in the box. Sean Brain then tested Richards in the 54th minute with a reminder that Worcester still posed a threat, then had the ball in the Swifts net, which was ruled out by the linesman’s flag.
Swifts finally levelled in the 65th minute when Canavan forced in from close range after more good work from Fuller. Worcester had another decent chance when Townsend shot narrowly wide, then with ten minutes to go Aaron Roberts put them back in front after Swifts failed twice to clear a corner.
The situation got worse for Swifts when Martin Slevin was red carded for a foul on Aaron Birch, leaving them to play out a frantic last five minutes with ten men.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Timmins, Wollacott, Matt Hanson, Fuller, Slevin, Layton, Canavan, Watts, Macpherson SUBS USED: Hill, Brett, Phillips
Wollacott hat trick wins it for Swifts
Stourport Swifts 4 Shepshed Dynamo 3 FA Vase Round 3 Sat 19th December Att: 280
Swifts skipper Ryan Wollacott stepped up to fire Stourport Swifts into Round 4 of the Buildbase FA Vase with a hat trick that left battling Shepshed gasping.
Nick Macpherson blasted Swifts in front with just four minutes on the clock when he was first to react to force in Canavan’s free kick from the left, and Wollacott was on hand to dive in and head in Slevin’s corner just 8 minutes later to put Swifts in the driving seat. More drama was to follow when Bailey Fuller’s corner from the right curled in to leave Shepshed keeper Matt White scrambling to turn it onto the bar, and Wollacott was on hand again to rifle home from close range to put his side three in front.
Shepshed responded strongly, and Jake King shot narrowly wide with Dom Richards stranded, then Matt Melrose gave his side some hope when his looping header crept in in the 29th minute. Jack Watts could have restored the breathing space just before the break, but his chip dropped just over the bar after he created havoc on the byline to open the Shepshed defence.
The visitors took control early in the second half, and Liam Canavan fired smartly into the top corner from ten yards out to make it 3-2 and set up a tense finish. Shepshed had come back from 2-0 down in the previous round against Worcester City, and as the tension grew for the Swifts, Wollacott was on hand again to head home from Fuller’s corner and make it 4-2 with 15 minutes to go.
Shepshed refused to go quietly, and the Swifts defence led a charmed life as both Reece Morris and Canavan saw their goalbound efforts scrambled clear. Their efforts were rewarded when skipper Jake Betts set up a grandstand finish to make it 4-3 with 9 minute to go, but the Swifts held on to make the 4th Round.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Timmins, Wollacott, Matt Hanson, Fuller, Slevin, Layton, Canavan, Watts, Macpherson SUBS USED: Phillips, Murray
Swifts into 3rd Round of FA Vase
Stourport Swifts 3 Grimsby Borough 1 FA Vase 2nd Round Sat 12th December Att: 173
Stourport Swifts showed their quality in front of goal again with two outstanding finishes from Jack Watts and Bailey Fuller, one in each half, to make the difference in this fiercely contested Round 2 FA Vase match.
Grimsby opened strongly, and only a smart double save from Dom Richards, from Brad Elliot and then Lewis Collins, prevented the visitors from taking the lead after ten minutes, but it was Jack Watts who produced a sublime piece of skill four minutes later when he cut inside past two defenders on the right and delivered a perfect chip over keeper Liam Higton from twelve yard out. Watts could easily have added to his tally just two minutes later, when, after Bailey Fuller played him in with a slide rule pass, he blazed over from the edge of the box.
Swifts finished the half strongly, and Timmins and Fuller combined well for Layton to cross dangerously from the right only for his cross to be blocked with a last ditch tackle from Mitchell Fullwood, then Joe Phillips turned inside but shot tamely at Higton when well placed.
Grimsby responded well after the break, and Harry Burke squandered a good chance when he shot wide after being put through on goal, then Richards had to be alert shortly after when he held on well to another effort from Burke.
Bailey Fuller produced a second touch of class for the Swifts in the 62nd minute, when he latched on to Canavan’s 30 yard pass to cut inside on his left foot and blast an angled 20 yard drive into the top corner to put his side two up.
Borough keeper Higton was then red carded for bringing down Watts on the edge of the box when he was through on goal, and although Watts shot over from 8 yards when it looked easier to score, and Ryan Wollacott headed wastefully wide, Grimsby pulled a goal back when Tom Hipwell forced in a close range header.
Swifts nerves were settled however when Wollacott headed in smartly from Canavan’s corner with three minutes left to make it 3-1.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Timmins, Wollacott, Matt Hanson, Fuller, Layton, Slevin, Canavan, Watts, Phillips. SUBS USED: Murray, Macpherson, Danks
Swifts bounce back to win again
Heather St John’s 2 Stourport Swifts 4 MPL Tues 3rd Nov Att: 44
Stourport Swifts went behind in the second half after taking an early lead but hit back to score another four goals and take the points at St John’s Park last night.
Swifts dominated the early stages of this match, with Ryan Wollacott heading narrowly over from Jack Watts’ cross, James Hill firing narrowly wide after a neat touch from Watts, and Martin Slevin drove in a 20 yarder which James Beeson in the Heather goal did well to collect. Bailey Fuller was played in nicely by Hill and raced clear of the home defence, but his low drive shaved the far post. In a rare Heather attack, Dominic Richards saved well with his legs from Dan Hanson, before Joe Phillips broke the deadlock in the 25th minute when he turned smartly in the box past Sinclair to drill low into the bottom corner.
Jack Watts almost doubled the lead on the stroke of half time, but his goalbound effort was deflected just wide for a corner.
The Swifts were caught cold as Heather began the second half with some heavy pressure, and Jake McCleary put them back on terms when he shot low past Richards from 12 yards out. Richards then saved well again from McCleary, then Wollacott got back in the nick of time to clear Mollison’s effort off the line. With 77 minutes gone Swifts twice failed to clear their lines, and allowed Mollison to play in Josh Ruff who made no mistake to put his side in front for the first time.
Swifts introduced new signing Richard Smith and Nick MacPherson with an immediate impact, with Smith coolly slotting past Beeson to level the scores, and two minutes later Bailey Fuller fired home a Slevin cross to put the Swifts back in front. With two minutes left, MacPherson pounced on a loose pass from defender Conor Wright, and ran through to finish well and give his side another four goal haul.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Timmins, Wollacott, Matt Hanson, Fuller, Hill, Slevin, Canavan, Watts, Phillips. SUBS USED: Layton, Smith, MacPherson
Swifts on a goal run
Stourport Swifts 4 Gresley Rovers 1 MPL Tues 20th Oct Att: 81
Stourport Swifts racked up their 11th goal in their last three home games as they dismantled Gresley Rovers to go third in the MPL.
Joe Phillips continued his run of form with two first half goals, James Timmins scored his first of the season, and Bailey Fuller put the icing on the cake with a sublime lob in the second half.
Matters did not start well for the Swifts, and after Phillips shot over the top early on and Jack Watts fired into the side netting, Rovers took the lead in the 24th minute when skipper Paul Sullivan turned sharply in the box to drive a low shot past Richards from ten yards.
Phillips was first to react five minutes later when he smartly turned in Fuller’s low cross from the right to level. Just two minutes later it was Drew Canavan ‘s cross from the right which gave Timmins the chance to power in a close range header, before Phillips was on hand again to force in Slevin’s free kick from the left from six yards.
Six minutes into the second half Canavan picked out Watts whose flick on was met by Fuller who then produced a perfect lob over Joe Fryatt in the Gresley goal to put Swifts firmly in command.
Swifts produced some of their best football of the season, with Watts and Canavan combining well to set up Fuller who shot inches wide from a narrow angle, and Joe Phillips came close to his hat trick but shot narrowly wide. Gresley were not without chances of their own, and Dom Richards was twice called into action with fine saves from Sullivan and Danny Holmes from long range efforts, before James Hill tested Fryatt with a long range drive of his own.
SWIFTS: Richards, Yates, Timmins, Wollacott, Jim Hanson, Fuller, Slevin, Hill, Canavan, Watts, Phillips. SUBS USED: Brad Phillips, Joe Hanson, Johnston
Watts at the double again
Stourport Swifts 4 Walsall Wood 2 MPL Sat 17th Oct Att: 131
Stourport Swifts survived another comeback scare when they were pegged back from a comfortable 3-0 lead to a nerve jangling 3-2 before Drew Canavan calmed the proceedings with a superb 20 yard free kick to give his side some breathing space.
Skipper Ryan Wollacott was on hand in the 8th minute to put the Swifts in front, heading in Bradley Fuller’s right side corner, then Wood’s defender Phil Mckerdy produced a last gasp tackle to deny Jack Watts as he burst through on goal. The visitors threatened themselves twice in the space of few minutes when Richards saved well from a Mckerdy header, then James Timmins was at full stretch to prevent Romario Martin levelling the scores. Joe Phillips then blazed over the top from 25 yards before Swifts produced the move of the match when Bailey Fuller raced clear on the right and his driven cross was smartly turned in by Watts to make it 2-0 at the break.
A goal avalanche came early in the second half, when first Watts picked himself up off the deck to fire in a penalty after being brought down by Fitzpatrick, but the Wood hit back with two in nine minutes when Martin skipped past three defenders in the box to fire past Richards, then Mckerdy was on hand to scoop in after Swifts failed to clear Lewis Hayden’s cross from the right.
Joe Phillips then passed up the chance to calm an increasingly edgy Swifts, when he put Watts' low cross from the left wide from 2 yards out, but Canavan stepped up with another free kick special in the 71st minute to make the points safe for the Swifts.
SWIFTS: Richards, Yates, Timmins, Wollacott, Jim Hanson, Fuller, Slevin, Hill, Cabavan, Watts, Phillips. SUBS USED: None
Swifts let it slip
Stourport Swifts 3 Racing Club Warwick 3 MPL Tues 13th Oct Att: 100
Stourport Swifts twice let a two goal lead go begging last night as battling Racing Club Warwick fought back to snatch a point.
Swifts were two goals in front after only five minutes as first Jack Watts was brought down in the box and picked himself up to fire a penalty low past keeper Brandon Ganley’s left hand, then Joe Phillips finished off a sweeping move when he put the finishing touch on Bailey Fuller’s low cross.
Kirk Layton and Martin Slevin both went close as the Swifts looked likely to run away with it, but Racing Club twice showed danger signs when winger Sam Jackson fired narrowly over the bar, then Luke Rowe tested Richards with a long range effort. In the 27th minute Callum Maspers squeezed in a fine cross from the right and Nick Seabourne rose above the Swifts defence to head past Richards into the top corner, but Swifts struck again just four minutes later when Ganley produced a fine save from James Hill’s fierce free kick and Ryan Wollacott pounced to force in the rebound from close range.
The second half saw an immediate change in the momentum of the match, with Swifts struggling to break out of their own half as Racing Club stepped up a gear , keeping possession well and snuffing out any danger from the rare Swifts attacks, and the visitors pulled a goal back when Mason Rowley rose at the far post to head home after a flurry of corners in the 55th minute. Richards then saved well from Tom Smith and Sam Jackson almost levelled when only a fine tackle from Wollacott prevented him going through on goal.
Swifts threatened twice when Fuller saw Ganley gather a long range effort, and minutes later the same player cut inside past 2 defenders but fired over the top, but the Warwick pressure continued and the equaliser came when Seabourne fired a rising drive past Richards’ right hand from 20 yards in the 73rd minute.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Timmins, Wollacott, Jim Hanson, Fuller, Slevin, Layton, Hill, Watts, Phillips. SUBS USED: Canavan, Yates, Danks,
Watts double puts Swifts through
Uttoxeter Town 1 Stourport Swifts 3 Sat 10th Oct FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round Att: 120
Stourport Swifts went through to the 1st Round Proper of the FA Vase with this against Division One side Uttoxeter Town.
Swifts took control early on, with Drew Canavan wasting a good opportunity when he shot tamely at Jack Tolley in the Uttoxeter goal, and James Timmins headed wide from a Fuller corner. Jack Watts put the Swifts in front when he turned in a low cross from Joe Phillips in the 19th minute.
Uttoxeter were restricted to a couple of long range efforts, with skipper Doug price testing Dom Richards, and a Tom Thurley drive shaved the crossbar. Swifts went 2-0 up when Joel Dyche brought down Watts in the box, who picked himself up to drive his spot kick low past Tolley.
On the stroke of half time Harrison Yates was judged to have handled in the box, but Dom Richards saved Price’s penalty low to his left to maintain the Swifts two goal cushion.
After the break Bailey Fuller’s low cross somehow avoided a queue of Swifts players waiting to tap it in, then Watts produced a sparkling run past two defenders, but a last ditch tackle from Price blocked his shot. Uttoxeter, showing a lot more energy in the second half, pulled a goal back in the 69th minute when James Curley rose to head in a left wing cross from Jack Hassall off the base of the post, but Bailey Fuller lifted any pressure two minutes later when he smartly drove in a Phillips cross from ten yards out to restore the two goal lead.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Timmins, Wollacott, Yates, Fuller, Slevin, Jim Hanson, Canavan, Joe Phillips, Watts. SUBS USED: Brad Phillips, Danks.
Canavan wins it for Swifts
Stourport Swifts 2 Boldmere St Michaels 0 MPL Tues 6th Oct Att: 86
Two goals from Drew Canavan gave Stourport Swifts the points in this hard fought Premier Division clash last night.
Boldmere started the sharper, with Stuart Hendrie testing Richards, then seeing his goalbound effort cleared off the line by Jim Hanson. Swifts early efforts fell to Nick MacPherson, first being played in by a neat ball from Jack Watts but shooting tamely at Adam Whitehouse in the Boldmere goal, then Watts himself fired into the side netting from a narrow angle. Boldmere’s Danny O’Sullivan forced a fine save from Richards, then defender Pedro Lima blazed over the top with the goal at his mercy.
Swifts broke the deadlock after 39 minutes, when a deep cross from James Hill was met perfectly at the far post for Canavan to head in, and four minutes into the second half he turned inside to fire a low drive just inside the far post with Whitehouse stranded to make it 2-0. Swifts had a narrow escape ten minutes later, when Richards missed a low cross from Lindsey, and both Owen Parry and Kyle Byrne, failed to take advantage as it flashed across the box.
Watts forced Whitehouse to a spectacular save from a dangerous header which looked set for the top corner, and Canavan, searching for his hat trick, headed just over the top and then struck the base of the post with a shot on the turn from the edge of the box. Swifts twice had penalty appeals turned down when Watts was felled in the area, and James Timmins blasted wide from close range following Fuller corner.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Timmins, Wollacott, Jim Hanson, Hill, Layton, Slevin, Canavan, Watts, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Fuller, Lees
Swifts back on track
Coventry United 2 Stourport Swifts 3 MPL Sat 3rd Oct Att: 0
Nick MacPherson snatched a 90th minute winner as Stourport Swifts got back to winning ways on Saturday and also took a little revenge for their FA Cup defeat earlier this month.
This match was played behind closed doors as the Butts Park Arena is classified as an Elite Stadium, so no fans are allowed during the Covid clampdown.
MacPherson forced a save from Reece Francis in the 11th minute as the Swifts started brightly, but went a goal down four minutes later when Josh O’Grady drove a 20 yard free kick past the wall and over Dom Richards.
Drew Canavan then fired a 20 yard free kick of his own against Francis’ right hand post, and Joe Phillips blazed the rebound over the bar from eight yards. Phillips then saw his 25 yard effort tipped around the post by Francis, before Timmins cleared off the line after another free kick from O’Grady.
In the second half Swifts pressed United back, and Canavan had Francis scrambling again with another long range free kick, and Joe Phillips’ fierce volley prompted another fine save. Jack Watts then shaved the crossbar with a snap shot, before some loose passing on the edge of the Swifts area allowed Lewis Archer to pounce and skip past two defenders to slide past Richards to put United two up.
The Swifts response was immediate, and after 62 minutes Watts, Canavan and MacPherson combined to set up James Hill to thunder a first time angled drive past a stunned Francis into the top corner, and they almost levelled the score two minutes later, but Watts, spotting Francis off his line, saw his clever chip come back off the crossbar. At the other end, United almost restored their two goal lead but Joe Cairns fired into the side netting.
With six minutes left on the clock, sub Kirk Layton opened up the Coventry defence to put Watts through on goal on the left, and he coolly cut inside past defender Ben Vallance to slide past the advancing Francis to level the scores. Then in the 90th minute, Watts was played in again, this time by Bailey Fuller, and he calmly picked out MacPherson, who finished from close range to give the Swifts a dramatic win.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Timmins, Wollacott, Jim Hanson, Canavan, Hill, Slevin, Phillips, Watt, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Fuller, Yates, Layton
Richards mistake costs Swifts
Sporting Khalsa 1 Stourport Swifts 0 MPL Tues 29th Sept Att: 113
Ten man league leaders Sporting Khalsa had Swifts keeper Dom Richards to thank for the three points which keeps them top of the table.
Khalsa saw striker Josh Mckenzie sent off after 25 minutes for a kick at James Timmins but battled well to snatch a 1-0 win. With six minutes to go, Richards fumbled a tame shot from Khalsa sub James McGrady into his own net.
Swifts started brightly, and after the dismissal looked to have a good opportunity to take points off the leaders, with Drew Canavan squandering their best chance in the 40th minute when he dragged his shot past the post from 8 yards out with just Sam Arnold in the Khalsa goal to beat. A minute later only a last ditch tackle from former Swifts skipper Matt Fulloway prevented Jack Watts from giving Swifts the lead.
In the second half Khalsa made up for the loss of McKenzie with a spirited display, and twice tested Richards when Lewis Worsley saw his shot saved and Lee Chilton’s effort was parried out for Fulloway to blaze wide. Chilton then headed over from close range following a corner, and Adnan Yusuf saw a spectacular overhead effort sail just wide.
In the 74th minute Khalsa rode their luck, when in an amazing scramble, close range efforts from Timmins, Slevin and Fuller and Watts were all blocked or saved by the outstretched Arnold. After Richards’ error Fuller and Watts both had efforts saved by Arnold, but Khalsa hung on for a valuable win.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Timmins, Wollacott, Jim Hanson, Hill, Slevin, Layton, Canavan MacPherson, Watts. SUBS USED: Fuller, Danks, Phillips
Swifts draw a blank
Stourport Swifts 0 AFC Wulfrunians 1 MPL Sat 26th Sept Att: 123
Stourport Swifts missed chances cost them dearly as they went down one nil at home on Saturday.
After an early scare when Martin Slevin cleared off the line, Bailey Fuller just failed to connect with a Joe Hanson cross at the far post, and in the 15th minute Nick MacPherson raced clear of the Wulfrunians defence but delayed his shot and allowed Chris Knight to get back and block his eventual effort. Another Joe Hanson cross saw Jack Watts’ goalbound header deflected wide and Harrison Yates’ snap shot was saved by Tom Hayward in the Wulfs goal.
After 31 minutes it was the visitors who took the lead when James Spray turned inside 20 yards out and drove a curling shot past Dom Richards. Watts shot tamely at Hayward from a good position as Swifts responded, but then had a narrow escape when Jack Pearlman thudded a blistering 30 yard effort against Richards’ right hand post. Swifts best chance of the half fell to Kirk Layton, who on the stroke of half time failed to make contact with Fuller’s low cross from the left from three yards out with the goal at his mercy.
Wulfrunians dug in well in the second half, and despite some long spells of pressure from the Swifts, an equaliser did not look likely. Manager Quentin Townsend introduced Joe Phillips and Drew Canavan, and Phillips quickly brought a smart save from Hayward, and Jim Hanson saw his ten yard effort blocked by Wulfs skipper Ben Jevons. Swifts best effort came with five minutes left from a 25 yard Canavan free kick, but his curling shot came back off the crossbar to see Swifts bright start to the season dampened by two defeats in a row.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Cordell, Wollacott, Yates, Fuller, Slevin, Layton, Jim Hanson, MacPherson, Watts. SUBS USED: Canavan, Phillips, Danks
Swifts slump to first defeat
Romulus 2 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Mon 21st Sept Att: 107
Stourport Swifts crashed to their first league defeat of the season after taking an early lead at Romulus last night.
Swifts started with some early pressure which saw Joe Phillips test Stuart Parsons in the Romulus goal with a 20 yard effort, then Harrison Yates and Jack Watts combined well on the left, but Watts’ low cross somehow missed all four of the Swifts players in box. Watts saw his snap shot fizz narrowly wide before Bailey Fuller turned smartly in the box to force a fine save from Parson, and Jim Hanson was on hand to drive in the rebound from six yards out off a defender.
Romulus slowly began to build some pressure themselves as they looked to level, with Malachi Farquarson narrowly wide with a spectacular overhead effort, and Richards saved well with his feet from Chad Degville-Cross. After 36 minutes Ryan Wollacott did well to block another Farquarson effort, but from the resulting corner Romulus skipper Cameron Lee powered in a bullet header past Richards to equalise. Jim Hanson fired into the side netting from a narrow angle, and Drew Canavan saw a long range effort dip over the bar as Swifts looked to get back in front.
In the second half Romulus stepped up a gear, and dominated possession for long spells, and while Fuller and Canavan went close following a Phillips free kick, Farquarson should have scored after being picked out by a Johnathan Haynes cross from the left, but headed wide. Swifts best chance in the second half came when Canavan picked out Watts with a pass which split the Romulus defence to send Watts clear, but a last gasp tackle from Lee blocked his shot.
Romulus snatched the winner with just 3 minutes left when Kieron Clarke squeezed in a cross from the left and Degville-Cross was on hand to head in from five yards out.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Timmins, Wollacott, Yates, Fuller, Slevin, Jim Hanson, Phillips, Canavan, Watts. SUBS USED: MacPherson, Johnston, Danks.
Swifts can’t break through
Stourport Swifts 1 Lye Town 1 MPL Sat 19 Sept Att: 156
Stourport Swifts could not follow up their midweek performance and stuttered to a point at home against Lye on Saturday.
After mauling Tividale for seven on Tuesday, a bumper crowd was not treated to a repeat this time out. In the early stages Lye were content to sit back and soak up any Swifts pressure, and only Jack Watts threatened going forward, but his shot was blocked by defender Matt martin.
Swifts took the lead in the 26th minute when Lye failed to clear Martin Slevin’s corner, and Tyreace Brown diverted the ball into his own net. Bailey Fuller saw his 20 yard free kick well saved by Ben Newey, 8 minutes before the break.
Lye’s bright start to the second half seemed to catch the Swifts off guard, and they were soon level when Sammy Prince drove a fierce shot past Richards from the edge of the box off the underside of the bar. Substitute Orlando Joao then cut inside and fired narrowly over the bar.
Swifts defender James Timmins saw red when he was dismissed for a second yellow card, but Newey produced another outstanding save from a Watts header as they still pressed for a winner. Aaron Brett was also inches away from a pinpoint cross from Watts, but Swifts had to settle for a point when they finished the game with nine men after Kirk Layton finished the match in the Sin Bin.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Timmins, Wollacott, Yates, Danks, Slevin, Layton, Fuller, MacPherson, Watts.
SUBS USED: Brett, Phillips, Jim Hanson
Watts treble gets Swifts flying
Tividale 1 Stourport Swifts 7 Tues 15th September MPL Att: 126
Summer signing Jack Watts led the way with a hat trick as Stourport Swifts romped to their biggest ever Midland Premier league win.
Manager Quentin Townsend was forced to make several changes due to injuries, but Tividale still had no answer to Swifts clinical night in front of goal.
Aaron Brett was first on the scoresheet when he headed in from close range after nine minutes, and seven minutes later Watts was on hand to make it two after good work from Fuller on the right.
Tividale were working hard to get back on terms, and Richards in the Swifts goal almost allowed Dan Smith a chance on goal after misjudging a long ball from Tom Hurdman, but recovered well, and was fortunate to see a 30 yard free kick from Jacob Barnes come back off the post.
After the break Joe Hanson scored his first goal for the Swifts with a thumping 15 yard drive after Fuller squared his low cross perfectly for him to strike first time past Adam Harrison in the Tividale goal. Watts notched his second when he left two defenders in his wake to race clear and coolly slot low past the advancing Harrison two minutes later. Watts completed his hat trick in the 76th minute when he again broke free of the Tividale defence to slip his shot through Harrison’s legs to make it 5-0.
In a crazy four minute spell which started in the 82nd minute, Tividale pulled a goal back when skipper Curtis Cocking headed in a right side corner, but Swifts responded immediately as Drew Canavan thumped home number six, and two minutes later James Timmins headed home Slevin's right side corner from close range.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Timmins, Wollacott, Yates, Fuller, Slevin, Layton, Danks, Brett, Watts. SUBS USED: Phillips, Canavan, Jim Hanson
Slevin snatches hard earned late win
Stourport Swifts 2 Selston 1 MPL Sat 12th September Att: 51
An 88th minute goal from Martin Slevin gave Stourport Swifts a hard fought win in their opening league match of the new season.
Swifts struggled to make their mark against a dogged Selston side who battled for every ball and denied Swifts the space play. With the Swifts misplacing far too many passes, it looked like likely to be a difficult afternoon in the early stages. Bailey Fuller played in Jack Watts after 14 minutes, but his tame shot was easily gathered by Matt Leam in the Selston goal. Carl Moore shot wide when well placed to score for Selston, but on the stroke of half time Swifts finally produced some quality when Joe Hanson crossed from the right and Watts rose to plant a smart header past leam to give his side the lead.
Selston pushed forward at the start of the second half and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 53rd minute when Kenan Layton turned on the edge of the box and drilled a low angled shot past Richards. Swifts introduced Aaron Brett and his first time ten yard effort from Fuller’s low cross came back off the post. Both George Layton and Jordan Black passed up the chances to put Selston ahead as both shot wide as a draw looked increasingly likely, but with two minutes to go Jack Watts persistence paid off when he robbed defender John Fones in possession and squared a low cross for Slevin to arrive and drive home the winner from twelve yards.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Timmins, Wollacott, Matt Hanson, Fuller, Slevin, Layton, Canavan, Phillips, Watts. SUBS USED: Brett, Danks, Jim Hanson
Swifts fall at first hurdle
Stourport Swifts 1 Coventry United 3 Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Att:160
Stourport Swifts crashed out of the FA Cup in their first competitive match since 14th March
Coventry were the winners by the same scoreline to go top of the table back in March, but this match was a different affair as Swifts can count themselves unlucky not to have taken this match at least to a penalty shoot out.
Stourport opened brightly, and with 8 minutes gone Nick MacPherson robbed Quirke in possession and sent Bailey Fuller free on the right, but his low cross was just behind Jack Watts. Six minutes later Fuller brought the first save of the match from Coventry keeper Reece Francis, who parried away his fierce ten yard effort.
United began to force their way into the match, and Joe Cairns headed over at the far post when it looked easier to score, but Riley-Cole O’ Sullivan made no mistake when he forced home from close range in the 37th minute after Carey headed back across the box.
Seconds after the break Watts shot wide from a good position after being picked out by Drew Canavan, but in the 53rd minute the game turned when after what seemed a clear foul on Canavan, Coventry broke in behind the Swifts defence and Kyle Carey turned inside to curl a fine shot inside Richards’ far post. As the arguments continued, Swifts responded at once to reduce the arrears when Ryan Wollacott headed in from a right side free kick.
Coventry full back Harrison Sawyer was sent off with 20 minutes left for a nasty challenge on Kirk Layton, which signalled some fierce Swifts pressure during which Johnny Johnston shot wide, Watts saw his close range shot blocked, and defender Joshua O’Grady cleared off the line. But with Swifts throwing everthing forward for an equaliser, Coventry broke in injury time and Carey made the game safe with his second goal of the match.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Timmins, Wollacott, Jackson, Jim Hanson, Layton, Phillips, Fuller, Watts, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Canavan, Johnston, Danks.
Swifts level in last friendly
Stourport Swifts 1 Droitwich Spa 1
Stourport Swifts came back to draw against Droitwich on Saturday in their final pre season warm up.
A Jim Hanson header early in the second half made it all square after Scott Smith had given Droitwich the lead with a far post header on the stroke of half time.
Manager Quentin Townsend rested the bulk of his first team squad at the start with Tuesday’s FA Cup tie against Coventry United coming up, but he was happy with the performance of his Under 21 debutants. ”This was great experience for these youngsters. Most are still only 18 or 19, and they stepped up well. Sam Howard and Ethan Hanson in particular handled the Droitwuch strikers really well, as they scored more than 40 goals between them last season”
Only four first team regulars started the game, including skipper Martin Slevin, who will be suspended for the FA Cup match, carried over from the last match of the season, ironically against Coventry United, back on March 14th. “That’s got to be the longest one match suspension anyone has ever served,” said Townsend.
SWIFTS: Smith, Joe Hanson, Howard, Ethan Hanson, Phillips, Cordell, Slevin, Johnston, Syson, Brett. SUBS USED: Jim Hanson, Canavan, Jackson, Vine, Timmins, MacPherson
Swifts win another warm up
Stourport Swifts 4 Redditch United 1 Att:105
Stourport Swifts turned on the style again with another pre season win against Southern League Premier Central Redditch United.
A lightning start put Stourport in the driving seat, when after just four minutes Bailey Fuller squared for Jack Watts to drive smartly past Ollie Taylor in the Redditch goal to put Swifts in front. Redditch almost levelled in the 12th minute when former Swifts striker Dan Sweeney tested Under 21’s keeper Ryan Smith, who saved well low at his near post. Luke Shearer also came within inches of levelling the score but his low drive came back off the post. At the other end Taylor produced a fine save from the dangerous Fuller when he tipped over a curling 20 yarder.
On the half hour it was Swifts turn to hit the woodwork when MacPherson’s fierce shot came back off the post, but two minutes later Joe Phillips’ bullet header from Fuller’s corner put Swifts two in front, before Watts drilled a clinical drive into the bottom corner from 15 yards to make it 3-0.
Redditch came back strongly in the second half after both managers made changes, and headed over when he should have scored, and Smith saved well from Shearer low to his left. Ioan Richards pulled one back for Redditch with a well placed free kick from 25 yards, but with six minutes to go, Swifts rounded off an impressive display when Jonny Johnson raced clear and rounded Taylor to score.
SWIFTS: Smith, Cordell, Wollacott, Timmins, Jackson, Layton, Slevin, Phillips, MacPherson, Watts, Fuller SUBS USED: Joe Hanson, Jim Hanson, Brett, Johnson, Danks
Swifts hit GNP for six
GNP Sports 0 Stourport Swifts 6
Stourport Swifts stepped up their pre season preparation with a 6-0 rout of Division 1 side GNP Sports.
Swifts opened the scoring after just four minutes when Jim Hanson was brought down in the box and Jack Watts fired in from the spot.
Three minutes later Aaron Brett and Watts combined to set up Jim Hanson who cooly slotted home from eight yards out. Swifts went 3-0 up on 18 minutes when Watts was played through and chipped over keeper John Cleary from 20 yards. Bailey Fuller, one of three new signings from Kidderminster Harriers, then opened the GNP defence with some clever footwork, and squared for Brett to tap in from close range.
Swifts eased off after the break, but still managed to add a couple more to their tally, first when Cleary’s poor clearance dropped to Nick MacPherson, who lobbed the ball straight back over his head to make it five, and then Elliott Lees was sent through by Mark Danks and finished smartly from a tight angle into the roof of the net.
Swifts return to action
Shawbury Athletic 2 Stourport Swifts 3
Stourport Swifts were back on the pitch last night for the first time since March 13th in this pre season friendly at The Ludlow Stadium, played behind closed doors.
Manager Quentin Townsend took a full squad, including three of his six new signings, and raced into 3-0 lead in the first half. After 20 minutes Bailey Fuller and Jack Watts combined well to create an opening for Nick MacPherson to score from eight yards, and just five minutes later Fuller set up Watts for a close range tap in to make it two. With 37 minutes gone a Mark Danks corner was headed home by Ryan Wollacott to make it 3-0, but Shawbury’s Keanu Cooper pulled one back just before the break.
Townsend used all six of his substitutes at the break, and although it took time to find some rhythm, Aaron Brett twice failed to increase the Swifts lead with just the keeper to beat. Martin Slevin and Kirk Layton both hit the Shawbury bar with long range efforts as Swifts got their act together, but Shawbury set up a jittery last ten minutes for the Swifts when they grabbed a second with a curling 20 yarder from Joe Ratcliffe.
Townsend was delighted with their first outing for almost five months, and said after the game “We looked very sharp in the first half, and Jack Watts linked really well with Bailey Fuller and Nick MacPherson up front”. Townsend though was disappointed that last season’s skipper Matt Fulloway has left to join title chasers Sporting Khalsa. “We wish Matt well, but we will miss him. With Ryan Wollacott coming back it would have been fantastic if we could have played them together.”
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Wollacott, Timmins, Jackson, Fuller, Slevin, Layton, Danks, Watts, MacPherson. Subs used: Jim Hanson, Joe Hanson, Matt Hanson, Brett, Yates, Phillips.