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.