McDonald sinks Swifts
Stourport Swifts 0 Coventry United 3 MPL Mon 7th May Att: 108
Coventry striker Shaquille McDonald ruined Stourport Swifts end of season party with a quick fire second half hat trick.
Alex Perry thundered a long range effort against the post after 16 minutes, but United were awarded a penalty four minutes later when Jim Hanson was judged to have tripped McDonald in the box. Callum Grant dived to his right to brilliantly keep out the striker’s fiercely struck spot kick to keep the game goalless.
In the 26th minute the visitors’ keeper Steve Brook pulled out an equally impressive save when he tipped over full length a free kick from Ashley Parsons-Smith.
Nine minutes into the second half the livewire McDonald robbed Alex Perry on the edge of the box and fired a 20 yard shot into the top corner to put his side 1-0 up. Coventry skipper Rob Prinzel then headed a corner from Palmer back across goal and Jamal Clarke just failed to connect as the ball slid past the post.
McDonald made it 2-0 on the hour mark when reacted quickest to nip in front of Jim Hanson and turn a neat flick past Grant from five yards.
Swifts nearly got one back when Harry Higginson rose highest to a Parsons-Smith corner but headed narrowly over.
McDonald completed a 17 minute hat trick when he turned neatly and drove low past Grant from 20 yards to give his side a 3-0 win.
Swifts have finished 15th in the Total Motion Midland Premier League.
SWIFTS: Grant, Jim Hanson, Fulloway, Higginson, Caines, Parsons-Smith, Perry, Beardsmore, Hurrell, MacPherson, Parker. SUBS USED: Priest, Rogers, Devonport.
Swifts home loss
Stourport Swifts 1 Quorn 3 MPL Sat 5th May Att: 132
After a dull and goalless first half visitors Quorn raced into a 3-0 lead which left Stourport Swifts breathless in the May sunshine.
Nick MacPherson blazed wide after just six minutes and Ashley Parsons-Smith drove narrowly past the post nine minutes later to give Swifts their only worthy goal attempts in the first half, while Quorn had only a glaring miss from Isaac Cooper, where he shot over after being put clean through by Nathan Dale to show for their efforts.
The visitors were the ones to break the stalemate eleven minutes into the second half when George Bowerman converted John Melligan’s cross at the far post. Swifts looked for a quick reply, but Alex Perry’s shot was blocked, and MacPherson just failed to connect with Jim Hanson’s low cross at the near post.
Swifts went two down on 67 minutes when Ben Priest’s clearance was blocked to give Quorn skipper Ryan Seal a clear run on goal, and he made no mistake to slot coolly past Richards from ten yards out, and Quorn made it 3-0 when Dominic Brennan’s shot was well blocked by Richards, but the rebound span into an empty net.
Stourport managed a late consolation when MacPherson turned to score from four yards out following a Parsons-Smith corner.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Priest, Caines, Parsons-Smith, Perry, Stratford, Colley, Jim Hanson, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Devonport, Higginson, Rogers
Swifts draw two in a row
Loughborough University 1 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Thurs 3rd May Att: 67
Stourport Swifts battled out their second draw in three days thanks to a 29th minute goal from Harriers Under 23’s full back Josh Sargeant.
As Loughborough’s University Stadium was hosting an international U17’s tournament the game was played on neighbours Quorn’s slick new 4G surface, and both teams produced some fast, quality football in an entertaining match.
Swifts showed first, and Gabby Danko saw his shot well saved by James Stallan in the Loughborough goal, and Callum Parker also tested the home keeper.
Swifts took the lead when Sargeant, starting the move in his own half worked a sharp change of passes with Joe Hanson and Parker to fire just inside the right hand post from sixteen yards. Five minutes later Harry Higginson robbed Stallan in possession but couldn’t quite finish with a goal from the narrowest of angles, and just before the break Loughborough twice could have levelled but Richards produced a fine save from Davis’ long range effort, and Matty Crookes, who netted a late winner at the Washes three weeks ago, blazed over the bar from the edge of the box.
Danko danced past two defenders but shot narrowly wide for Stourport and Eric Duah forced Richards into another full length save as both sides showed some quality.
After 51 minutes Loughborough’s leading scorer Joe Boachie let fly with a fierce 25 yarder which brought another fine save from Richards, and the equaliser came on 65 minutes when Ben Last evaded two challenges on the edge of the box and fired low past Richards.
Both teams had the chance to snatch a late winner, Swifts when Reiss Taylor-Randle shot just wide after a fine run into the box, and Loughborough when Crookes shot over the top from eight yards, so both teams had to settle for a point.
SWIFTS: Richards, Sargeant, Priest, Finglas, Higginson, Joe Hanson, Beardsmore, Stratford, Taylor-Randle, Parker, Danko. SUBS USED: Puemo, Smith.
Swifts can’t hold on
Sporting Khalsa 2 Stourport Swifts 2 MPL Tuesday 1st May Att: 41
Stourport Swifts swept into a two nil lead in the first 25 minutes of this match, but could not hold on for the win their performance deserved.
With 19 minutes gone Joe Hanson headed down Joe Colley’s free kick and Nick MacPherson pounced to drill low past Sam Arnold in the Khalsa goal for his 26th goal of the season. Just six minutes later, Jim Hanson drove a 20 yarder into the top corner to put Swifts 2-0 up.
Swifts chances came thick and fast as Khalsa struggled to contain their quick passing approach, and Arnold twice saved well at the feet of MacPherson while Priest saw his shot blocked by a last ditch tackle from Robinson, and Shawn Devonport shot narrowly wide.
In the second half Swifts got the worst possible start when Ben Priest lobbed his back pass over Richards to gift Khalsa a lift and a lifeline back into the match. The home side pressed hard to get level, and Josh Thomas first shot wide and then forced Richards to a flying save to keep out his long range effort.
Matt Fulloway was forced off with a groin injury after an hour, which only increased Khalsa’s aerial attack.
Perry was inches from Devonport’s cross in a rare Swifts attack, but Khalsa drew level with ten minutes left when Perks rose at the far post to head back across goal, and sub Jay Holdcroft forced the ball home to give his side a point.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Priest, Higginson, Devonport, Beardsmore, Perry, Colley, Jim Hanson. SUBS USED: Parsons-Smith, Caines
Swifts unbeaten run ends
Boldmere St. Michaels 3 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Sat 28th April Att: 101
Stourport Swifts run of five games in eight days ended with their first defeat as they just ran out of steam at Boldmere on Saturday.
The home side were gifted a sixth minute lead when Harry Higginson’s headed back pass eluded Dom Richards, and Ben Usher-Shipway pounced to roll the ball into an empty net to put his side in front.
Matt Fulloway came closest to levelling the scores for Swifts, but headed over the bar from Rogers’ corner, while Richards tipped Rikardo Reid’s low drive around his left hand post, but from the resulting corner defender George Ray rose unchallenged to make it 2-0.
Nick MacPherson shot over in the 40th minute, then tested Lewis Feeney in the Mikes goal with a snap volley a minute later.
Swifts found a little more energy after half time with the introduction of skipper Alex Perry, and Jack Rogers tested Feeney after Perry found a gap in the Boldmere back line. MacPherson played Perry through but he hesitated to allow Harry Craven to make a last ditch tackle.
With ten minutes left, Ryan Shaw eased pressure on the Boldmere defence when he raced clear holding off two challenges to score cooly past Richards from 15 yards and put his side 3-0 in front.
Swifts responded five minutes later when Perry worked some space for MacPherson to outpace Craven and slot low past Feeney from 12 yards, but Boldmere calmly held firm to take all the points.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Priest, Higginson, Rogers, Caines, Beardsmore, Colley, Jim Hanson, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Perry, Parsons-Smith, Devonport.
Swifts win again
Coventry Sphinx 1 Stourport Swifts 3 MPL Thurs 26th April Att: 72
Stourport Swifts made it ten points in five days with a convincing win at Coventry Sphinx on Thursday night. Nick MacPherson notched goal 25 for the season to put Swifts ahead after 31 minutes when he chased down hesitant keeper Jack Tregartha to win possession, and cooly slot home from the narrowest of angles.
Swifts produced some hesitant defending of their own just four minutes later, twice failing to clear after Matt Fulloway got back to clear off the line when Chris Sterling rounded Richards, to allow the Sphinx striker to fire in at the second attempt.
Stourport were back in front minutes later when defender Aaron Stringfellow lifted the ball over his own keeper attempting to stop Perry latching onto MacPherson’s through ball.
Alex Perry also cleared off the line as Coventry pressed, and just before half time Swifts were fortunate after a lightning break from their own corner saw Jamie Towers shoot just wide of Richards’ right hand post.
Sphinx were on top after the break and forced a succession of corners which Swifts defended strongly, and from a half clearance defender Michael Quirke thundered a 25 yarder against the Swifts crossbar.
With 22 minutes of the second half gone Swifts increased their lead when Joe Colley fired a 20 yard free kick into the top corner to seal the points after MacPherson had been brought down on the edge of the box.
SWIFTS : Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Priest, Higginson, Parker, Perry, Beardsmore, Hurrell, Jim Hanson, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Caines, Devonport
Penalty miss costs Swifts
AFC Wulfrunians 3 Stourport Swifts 3 MPL Weds 25th April Att:
Stourport Swifts scored two in a minute to come back from 3-1 down and level the score, and then missed an injury time penalty to pass up the chance of all three points last night.
Swifts looked to have taken the lead as early as the 10th minute but Jack Rogers was judged offside after Alex Perry headed down in the six yard box, but it was the Wulfs who went in front just three minutes later when Dom Richards fumbled a tame close range effort from Dominic Moan into his own net.
Joe Colley saw his long range effort saved by John Bateman and Nick MacPherson also tested the Wulfs keeper with a left foot shot after being put through by Perry. MacPherson made no mistake on the stroke of half time when he drilled home from just inside the box after the home defence twice failed to clear from Rogers’ corner.
MacPherson twice went close again just after the break as Stourport opened strongly, but it was Wulfs defender Matt Hunt who put his side back in front in the 58th minute after a pin point cross from skipper Ben Jevons, and just two minutes later Jumaane Meggoe rose six yards out to head past Richards to make it 3-1.
Alex Perry put Swifts back in the hunt the 78th minute when he was first to react from five yards out, and Jim Hanson fired them level with a well placed angled volley past Bateman from ten yards after MacPherson’s cross picked him out at the far post.
Hanson was sent off five minutes later for a second yellow card, then five minutes into added time MacPherson was brought down in the box but Joel Caines blasted his spot kick straight at Bateman.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Priest, Caines, Jim Hanson, Perry, Colley, Hurrell, Rogers, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Higginson, Parker
Swifts young guns take their revenge
Stourport Swifts 2 Heanor Town 1 MPL Tues 24th April Att: 46
Stourport Swifts made it two wins in four days as their hectic end of season schedule continued. After going down 5-1 at Heanor last week, the Swifts youngsters, with an injection of experience in the shape of Dom Richards, Ben Priest and Joe Colley, proved a different proposition and several of the Harriers U23 squad, especially Harry Stratford, Tom Smith and Jerry Puemo, making his debut, sparkled in a display of quality and grit.
Reiss Taylor-Randle cut inside after 14 minutes to test Heanor keeper Jordan Pierrepont with a 20 yard rising shot which he did well to tip over the bar, but Heanor responded when Sam Vickers saw his fierce 25 yarder fly just wide.
Heanor took the lead on 18 minutes when Vickers charged down Richards’ hesitant clearance and the ball bounced back into an empty net. Callum Parker almost levelled 17 minutes later, but his close range shot after Harry Stratford crossed flew inches wide.
Swifts got the equaliser their efforts deserved a minute before half time when Parker was brought down from behind by Heanor captain Shaun Roulston and Joe Colley fired his spot kick low past Pierrepont’s left hand.
Swifts defence saw some early second half pressure but Ben Priest, Harry Higginson and Jerry Puemo held firm, while Richards made amends for his first half blunder with two outstanding saves from Jordan Ball and Vickers.
Stourport got the winner with six minutes left when Puemo rose highest to head home Taylor-Randle’s left wing corner from five yards out.
SWIFTS: Richards, Sargeant, Priest, Puemo, Higginson, Smith, Finglas, Colley, Stratford, Taylor-Randle, Parker. SUBS USED: Larmond, Beardsmore.
Swifts take first win in seven
Stourport Swifts 2 Coventry Sphinx 1 MPL Sat 21st April Att:111
Stourport Swifts notched their first win in seven games on Saturday after a sparkling first half display saw them forge a two goal lead.
After Sphinx had threatened early on when leading scorer Ryan Harkin twice went close, Swifts took the lead when Nick MacPherson robbed keeper Jack Tregartha and crossed for Jim Hanson score from six yards. Harkin shot wide again in a Coventry attack before MacPherson crossed again for skipper Alex Perry to fire home from the edge of the box in off the post to put Swifts 2-0 up.
Coventry were given a unexpected lift when Paul Hurrell sliced a Ben Crannage cross into his own net to put them back in the match, and Richards saved well from Sterling and Harkin as they pushed for an equaliser. Sub Aaron Donaldson almost gave his side a point after 84 minutes but Richards reacted quickly to turn his shot round the post and give Swifts a much needed win.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Priest, Caines, Jim Hanson, Hurrell, Perry, Colley, Newman, MacPherson.
SUBS USED: Rogers, Higginson, Parker
Late goal sinks Swifts
Stourport Swifts 0 Loughborough University 1 MPL Thurs 19th April Att: 50
An 85th minute goal from Loughborough striker Matt Crookes was enough to take all the points for the visitors and leave Stourport winless in their last 11 league games.
In their fourth match of the week, Swifts struggled to muster an attacking threat, and leading scorer Nick MacPherson ploughed a lone furrow up front for most of the match.
Joe Robinson returned to the Swifts midfield for his first match in 18 months after a knee injury.
Loughborough saw the best of the goalmouth action in the first half, with Ben Last twice testing Dom Richards in the first few minutes, and defender Paul Braithwaite headed straight at the keeper from six yards out from an early corner.
Swifts captain Alex Perry was inches from converting a right wing cross from Parsons-Smith, and saw a 30 yard screamer shave the crossbar minutes later.
MacPherson twice shot wide from good chances just after the break, but Swifts were slowly pushed back as Loughborough pressed hard to break the deadlock. Joel Bonner’s long range effort skidded narrowly wide, and Crookes tested Richards with a low shot which he did well to tip around the post.
With a goalless draw looking on the cards, with five minutes to go Alex Dinsmore crossed low from the right and Crookes was first to react to sweep home the winner.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Priest, Higginson, Caines, Robinson, Jim Hanson, Perry, Parsons-Smith, MacPherson, Rogers. SUBS USED: Colley, Parker, Beardsmore.
Swifts hang on for a point
Stourport Swifts 1 Worcester City 1 MPL Tuesday 17th April Att: 188
Stourport Swifts produced a backs to the wall performance to hold on to point in their second match in 24 hours.
Nick MacPherson had given Swifts the lead in the 61st minute with a smart turn and shot from 12 yard which beat keeper Sean Dayus at the near post, but they were forced to dig in hard after Worcester snatched a leveller 15minutes later when Smith crossed low from the left and Nathan Hayward was on hand to slide in at the far post to score past Richards.
Richards had been by far the busiest of the two goalkeepers in the first half, saving well from Joel Ambalu in the 7th minute, and then blocking shot from Baldwin and Tomkinson. Dave Reynolds blazed over the bar from a good chance 5 minutes before half time, before Swifts best chance fell to Jack Rogers, who shot wide after some good work from skipper Alex Perry, back in the side after a 3 match suspension.
Early in the second half Swifts faced a barrage of corners as Worcester pressed, and Tomkinson headed over from close in after 57 minutes.
Matt Fulloway and Ben Priest looked rock solid at the back for Swifts, and Harry Higginson, in his first midfield outing, worked tirelessly as Swifts pushed to break the stalemate.
After going in front Swifts were pushed back, and Richards produced another fine save to block sub Ben Robinson’s effort before Hayward equalised a minute later.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Priest, Caines, Rogers, Higginson, Jim Hanson, Perry, Parsons-Smith, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Devonport
Swifts youngsters learn a lesson
Heanor Town 5 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Monday 16th April ATT:68
Stourport Swifts learned a hard lesson on Monday night when they were hit for five at Heanor .
Jamie Sleigh netted a first half hat trick to leave Swifts, fielding seven players under nineteen, with a mountain to climb after the break.
Stourport always looked comfortable in possession, with Harry Stratford and Myles Newman shining in midfield, but paid the price twice in the first half hour when Heanor striker Sleigh first fired home from close range after keeper Ewan Mountjoy had saved well from Jordan Ball, and then was first to react to score after a right wing corner.
Swifts early chances went begging when Gabby Danko fired wide after ten minutes, and joe Colley’s fierce shot was turned away by Heanor keeper Jordan Pierrepont.
Heanor again exposed some hesitant Swifts defending when Elliot Reeves’ free kick came back off the post and Sleigh made it 3-0 when he thumped in the rebound.
The second half saw Swifts keeping possession well without threatening the Heanor backline, and substitute Tom Smith caught the eye with his coolness under pressure, but Heanor again showed their clinical side with two goals in six minutes, both from Jordan Ball, with a 20 yard strike which deceived Mountjoy at the near post, and pouncing at the far post as Swifts failed to clear Vickers’ cross.
Swifts finally got the goal their second half display deserved when Newman and Taylor-Randle combined neatly on the edge of the box to set up Callum Parker to drive in from six yards.
SWIFTS: Mountjoy, Rogers, Higginson, Stratford, Beardsmore, Sargent, Taylor-Rndle, Newman, Parker, Colley, Danko. SUBS USED: Smith
Hurrell red costs Swifts
Stourport Swifts 0 Highgate United 1 MPL Thurs 5th April Att:64
Ten man Stourport Swifts went down to title challengers Highgate after a battling performance on Thursday night.
Fourth placed Highgate came still holding title aspirations, but found Swifts a tough nut to crack, and keeper Dom Richards was only forced into one save in the first half when he tipped a Dan Westwood header over the bar. Jim Hanson shot over for the Swifts after nine minutes, and Highgate defender Scott Turner was at full stretch to block MacPherson’s goal bound effort.
In the first minute of the second half Brad Catlow saved another MacPherson effort low to his left as Swifts looked the most likely to break the deadlock, but the turning point in the game came when Paul Hurrell saw a straight red card in the 64th minute for what looked like no more than a strong challenge on midfielder Correy Carrithers.
Swifts dug in well to hold off some fierce Highgate pressure and Richards tipped a George Curry effort onto the crossbar, and after 84 minutes the breakthrough came when Aaron Browns free kick fell to Richard Batchelor and his shot was deflected past Richards from six yards.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Higginson, Preist, Caines,Parsons-Smith, Jim Hanson, Hurrell, Beardsmore, MacPherson Rogers. SUBS USED: Devonport, McPike
Swifts go down at home
Stourport Swifts 2 Long Eaton United 3 MPL Tuesday 27th March Att:48
Stourport Swifts again took an early lead, but could not hold on against a busy young Long Eaton side.
Nick MacPherson notched his 22nd goal of the season with a bullet header from six yards from Myles Newman’s corner in the twelfth minute to put the Swifts in front, but the visitors twice gave notice of their threat up front when Zac Goodson, one of four 17year olds in the Long Eaton line up, brought a fine save from Richards, and then blazed over the bar from 12 yards out.
The visitors made no mistake however when they levelled the score in the 39th minute, when Andy Todd crossed from the left, and although Richards parried out Goodson’s header, Tom Hamblen was on hand to head home the rebound.
In the second half Will Mellors-Blair gave Long Eaton the upper hand to put his side 3-1 up with a low drive and a far post header, and with MacPherson going off with an injury, Swifts looked down and out.
Callum Parker put Stourport back in the hunt in the last five minutes with a well taken goal to set up a grandstand finish, but the visitors held on to give Swifts their second defeat on four days.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Higginson, Hurrell, Caines, Newman, Perry, Jim Hanson, Colley, MacPherson, Rogers. SUBS USED: Parsons-Smith, Beardsmore, Parker.
Off colour Swifts beaten
Coventry United 3 Stourport Swifts 0 MPL Saturday 24th March Att: 213
Stourport Swifts fourth game in eight days looked to be one too many as they were steamrollered by Coventry United on Saturday.
Swifts could not handle Coventry’s bright start, and looked jaded in the opening stages, with a warning after just three minutes when midfielder Gift Mussa shot narrowly wide as defenders watched. Two minutes later they were a goal behind, and as Swifts dithered, Shaquille Mcdonald blasted past Richards from eight yards.
Rob Prinzel had the ball in the net again on thirteen minutes, but fortunately for the Swifts was judged offside. Richards was called into action again when Baignet was clean through on goal, but saved well with his feet.
After 18 minutes Stourport were two behind when they twice failed to get Carey’s corner away, and Matt Fulloway sliced his attempted clearance past Richards for a bizarre own goal.
All Swifts had to show for their first half threat was Paul Hurrell’s header over the bar, and Jack Rogers tamely shooting wide with the goal at his mercy.
Swifts showed a bit more energy after the break, and MacPherson worked hard to threaten the Coventry defence, but saw little in the way of service. Misplaced passes remained the order of the day, and in the 74th minute, with defenders once again hesitating from a right wing corner, Mcdonald reacted first to bundle home his second goal of the game.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Hurrell, Higginson, Newman, Priest, Jim Hanson, McPike, MacPherson, Rogers. SUBS USED: Caines, Parsons-Smith, Perry.
Swifts snatch late draw
Stourport Swifts 1 Rugby Town 1 MPl Thursday 22nd March Att:64
Swifts skipper Matt Fulloway earned his side a point with a late equaliser on Tuesday, scoring from close range in the 89th minute after a Myles Newman corner.
Rugby had taken a first half lead in the 37th minute when winger Josh Ruff exposed the Swifts back line and crossed for Dave Kolodinski to slide in and score from six yards.
Swifts had struggled to make an impression against a lively Rugby side in the first half, with only a Paul Hurrell header wide of the mark to call a chance on goal, while the visitors’ 45 goal strike force of Kolodinsky and Reuben Wiggins-Thomas tested Richards three times as the Swifts defence was stretched.
Ten minutes into the second half Swifts introduced Nick MacPherson and immediately showed a more cutting edge when he tested Niall Cooper in the Rugby goal with a fierce drive from 20 yards out which was well saved.
Lewis McPike squandered a good chance for Swifts to take the lead when he shot wide after being put through by Jim Hanson, while Rugby sub John Mills saw his long range effort tipped over the bar by Richards.
As time ticked away and pressure mounted, Fulloway was on hand to level the scores after a succession of Swifts corners finally paid off.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Hurrell, Higginson, Parsons-Smith, Priest, Jim Hanson, Colley, McPike, Parker. SUBS USED: MacPherson, Newman, Rogers.
MacPherson treble wins it for Swifts
Stourport Swifts 3 Rocester 2 MPL Tuesday 20th March Att: 63
Nick MacPherson hit two goals in two minutes to snatch all three points from battling Rocester last night.
The visitors had responded well to falling a goal behind after just three minutes after MacPherson headed his first of the night following a right wing cross from Jim Hanson. Dom Richards in the Swifts goal saved well with his feet from Oliver Roome, and Paul Hurrell blocked a goalbound effort from Ryan Griffin.
Rocester equalised in the 19th minute when leading scorer Martin Smith was first to react after Brockley’s corner was flicked on at the near post, and he forced home at the second attempt from three yards out.
Ben Priest came closest for the Swifts, shooting just over the top from twelve yards, before Smith grabbed his second goal to put Rocester in front, firing a superb 20 yard free kick into the top corner past Richards six minutes before half time.
Swifts were a different proposition after the break, and pressed hard to get back on terms, and MacPherson levelled after their best move of the match when Myles Newman crossed from the right, Ben Priest dummied, and MacPherson turned to fire low past Charlie Wood in the Rocester goal from twelve yards.
A minute later Stourport were back in front when MacPherson again found space in the box to shoot low past Wood from close range to complete his hat trick. Five minutes later MacPherson passed up his easiest chance for his fourth goal when he skied his shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy following good work from sub Lewis McPike on the right.
Oliver Roome went close for the visitors but shot over the top, before Jack Rogers almost added a fourth for the Swifts after MacPherson opened up the Rocester defence.
SWIFTS: Richards, Caines, Hurrell, Fulloway, Higginson, Jim Hanson, Priest, Newman, Colley, MacPherson Rogers. SUBS USED: McPike, Joe Hanson, Parsons-Smith.
Macpherson miss costly for Swifts
Westfields 2 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Saturday 17th March Att: 90
Nick Macpherson’s first half penalty miss proved costly for Stourport Swifts as ten man Westfields dug in to take all three points last Saturday.
Macpherson shot tamely at keeper Alex Harris from the spot after just four minutes following a foul by James Febery, and the same defender was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Swifts skipper Alex Perry just five minutes later. Perry was unable to continue, and looks doubtful for this weeks’ three games.
Ben Priest saw his shot well saved and Callum Parker fired narrowly wide as Swifts took control, but Westfields backline held firm to keep the match scoreless at half time.
Westfields went in front with their first attack after the break, when Craig Jones evaded a challenge from Caines to fire his side in front from the edge of the box. Despite constant pressure, Swifts failed to take advantage of several chances that came their way, with Parker shooting straight at Harris from ten yards out, and Macpherson and Priest both failing to find the target from good positions.
Macpherson went through one on one with Harris after being put through by Jim Hanson, but Harris again saved well to block his close range effort. Jack Rogers came off the bench in the 74th minute to replace Parker, and score with his first touch, firing home low from 20 yards to level the score. Swifts pressed hard for a winner, but with five minutes left failed to clear a rare Westfields corner, and sub KIngsford Adeji forced home from close range after Richards fumbled to take all the points.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Hurrell, Higginson, Jim Hanson, Priest, Perry, Colley, Parsons-Smith, Parker, McPherson.SUBS USED: Caines, Rogers.
Swifts dent Coleshill title hopes
Stourport Swifts 1 Coleshill Town 1 MPL Tuesday 27th February Att:63
Stourport Swifts put another dent in high flying Coleshill Town’s title chances with a well deserved point at Walshes Meadow on Tuesday night.
Stourport got off to a shaky start, and in the space of five minutes early in the first half, Jim Hanson twice cleared off the line from Coleshill’s top scorer Matt Gardner. Swifts hit back, and Myles Newman blazed over from the edge of the box, and Callum Parker’s angled shot was tipped over the bar by Coleshill keeper Paul Hathaway.
Coleshill took the lead in the 32nd minute with a smartly taken goal from top scorer Matt Gardner, but Swifts could easily have been in front at half time as Alex Perry saw his shot well saved by Hathaway and Parker failed to hit the target from close range, Town defender Joe Cole also cleared MacPherson’s goalbound shot off the line .
Swifts were back on terms just two minutes into the second half when Parker evaded two defenders tight on the byline, and crossed for Ben Priest to force in from five yards after a hectic scramble.
Both sides felt a win was on the cards, and after Hathaway saved once again from MacPherson, Swifts hung on grimly in the closing stages, with Reece Leek shooting wide from ten yards out, and Richards twice saving well from Geonagen after a succession of Coleshill corners, before Ryan Edwards spurned the best chance by shooting straight at the Swifts keeper from twelve yard out.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Higginson, Jim Hanson, Newman, Priest, Perry, Colley, Parker, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Taylor Randle, Rogers.
Swifts held in stalemate
Stourport Swifts 0 Shawbury United 0 MPL Saturday 24th February Att: 77
Stourport Swifts could not beak down a stubborn Shawbury defence on Saturday, and had to be content with a point in a drab goalless draw.
Swifts were without Dan Sweeney, who suffered a knee injury in the win against Wulfrunians on Tuesday, and dearly missed his cutting edge in this match.
Shawbury opened the brighter in the first half, and Richards saved well from Keanu Cooper after 10 minutes when he looked certain to score. At the other end Ian Havard saved well from MacPherson, and new signing Randane Larmond should have opened his Swifts account when put through by Newman, but delayed just long enough for defender marc Stallard to block his goalbound shot. Matt Fulloway also headed narrowly over the bar from Newman’s corner.
Swifts looked more likely to do some damage after the break, with MacPherson just failing to connect with Newman’s low cross, and Ben Priest saw his fierce effort drop just wide after another right side corner.
Joe Ratcliffe looked dangerous up front for the visitors, and after jinking his way past three Swifts defenders, shot straight at Richards, but despite further efforts from Taylor-Randle and MacPherson going close, the game faded to a goalless stalemate.
Swifts: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Hurrell, Higginson, Newman, Priest, Perry, Colley, Larmond, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Taylor-Randle, Jim Hanson, Rogers.
Swifts make it two in a row
Stourport Swifts 1 AFC Wulfrunians 0 MPL Tues 20th February Att: 76
Stourport Swifts made it six points in four days with this narrow win against AFC Wulfrunians.
In the first of four consecutive home games, only a 20th minute own goal from former Swifts defender Adam Robinson divided the two teams after a mostly uneventful first half, with the only other on target effort coming from Wulfs midfielder Dominic Moan, when his 20 yard free kick produced a spectacular flying save from Richards.
Robinson got it all wrong after 20 minutes, when his misdirected header flew past his own keeper after Higginson crossed from the left.
After the interval the action improved a little, when Sweeney’s shot was saved by Bateman after Fulloway headed back Newman’s cross, and Alex Perry shot wide after MacPherson skipped past three defenders to set him up.
Swifts best spell came just after the hour, when first MacPherson blasted a fierce drive against the bar, and Sweeney shot tamely at Bateman from ten yards out after Joe Hanson surged into the box. Ben Priest fired narrowlt wide from 25 yards on 66 minutes, and Matt Fulloway headed just over the top from a Parsons-Smith corner.
Wulfrunians leading scorer Nick Turton missed the visitors’ best chance when he shot straight at Richards after being put through by the lively Jumaane Meggoe. As the clock ticked down, Wulfs keeper Bateman pushed up for a free kick, and Swifts broke for what seemed a certain goal, but MacPherson was cynically pulled down by Robinson on the edge of the box as he seemed certain to score in an empty goal, and the defender ended a bad night with a red card.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Hurrell, Higginson, Priest, Perry, Colley, Newman, Sweeney, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Parsons-Smith, Jim Hanson
Swifts notch League win
Haughmond 0 Stourport Swifts 2 MPL Saturday 17th February Att: 63
Stourport Swifts racked up their first league win since November 4th with this comfortable win at struggling Haughmond.
Myles Newman put Swifts ahead after 25 minutes, when Joe Hanson robbed defender George Carpenter on the byline and picked out Newman with a pinpoint low cross for him to drill home from 16 yards out.
Dan Sweeney again looked dangerous throughout with his pace and trickery on the right, and twice went through to see his shots blocked by Sam Jones in the Haughmond goal, and just before the goal also set up MacPherson whose shot from close range was only kept out by a last ditch tackle from Haughmond skipper Tom Hewitt.
Paul Hurrell cleared off the line from Joe Parry’s header as Swifts struggled to deal with the long throws of midfielder Carl Rogers, and Steve Hole shot narrowly wide as the home side produced their best spell of the half.
MacPherson produced a slide rule pass to pick out Alex Perry as he drove into the box, and only the reaction of keeper Jones prevented Swifts going 2 in front, and a fingertip save from Matt Fulloway’s header also held the Swifts lead to the narrowest of margins.
Sweeney blazed over from 12 yards out and Perry’s header came back off the post before Jack Griffiths checked Sweeney in the box with 16 minutes to go, and MacPherson stepped up to blast in number two from the spot.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Hurrell, Higginson, Newman, Perry, Colley, Priest, Sweeney, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Taylor-Randle, Beardsmore, Jim Hanson
Swifts fight back for a point
Stourport Swifts 2 South Normanton Athletic 2 MPL Tues 13th Feb Att: 74
Stourport Swifts recovered from a poor first half display against second bottom South Normanton to snatch a well deserved point last night.
Apart from a single shot on target from Dan Sweeney, comfortably saved by South Normanton keeper Darren Keeling, Swifts barely threatened the visitors goal in the first half, and only two good saves from Richards prevented them taking an early lead.
On the stroke of half time South Normanton got the goal their bright start deserved when Cronin’s Crossfield pass found John King, who turned inside Higginson to fire a 15 yard drive high past Richards.
The first ten minutes of the second half produced three goals, first with Sweeney linking well with MacPherson on the edge of the box to blast Swifts level, then just two minutes later King restored South Normanton’s lead when his low shot was deflected past Richards. On 55 minutes MacPherson levelled for the Swifts with his 17th goal of the season, reacting first to a loose ball in the box after defenders failed to clear.
Stourport pressed hard for a winner, and were twice denied calls for penalties when first Sweeney appeared to be pulled down in the box, then Parsons-Smith was felled by Jellyman, but both were waved away. Paul Hurrell headed narrowly over from Parsons-Smith’s corner, and skipper Alex Perry was inches away from forcing home Sweeney’s cross, but they had to settle for a point.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Hurrell, Higginson, Sweeney, Priest, Perry, Colley, Parsons-Smith, MacPherson. SUBS USED : Newman
Swifts go down on penalties
Stourport Swifts 2 Bromsgrove Sporting 2 Worcs Senior Urn Tues 6th Feb Att:134
Stourport Swifts suffered more heartache when they went out on penalties to Bromsgrove Sporting in this Worcestershire Senior Urn semi final.
Swifts twice took the lead through Nick Macpherson, but Bromsgrove equalised with four minutes left, and went through to the final 6-5 on penalties.
Stourport went in at the break 1-0 up when Macpherson headed in off the post after 29 minutes., but just a minute into the second half Bromsgrove were back on terms when Sean Brain levelled.
Bromsgrove were well on top after this, but Swifts back line coped well with the constant pressure, with Paul Hurrell and Harry Higginson outstanding.
Swifts looked to have won it when Macpherson was on hand again to finish off their best move of the second half, Sweeney crossing low from the right for him to fire past Francis in the Bromsgrove goal. Bromsgrove hit straight back a minute later to force the tie into penalty kicks when Robbie Bunn raced through to score.
After both sides scored all 5 spot kicks, Jack Wilson rattled home number six for Bromsgrove, but Myles Newman crashed the next one against the bar for Bromsgrove to go through.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Priest, Hurrell, Higginson, Sweeney, Newman, Perry, Colley, Matt Hanson, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Parsons-Smith, Fulloway, Beardsmore.
Swifts Vase dream over
Stockton Town 3 Stourport Swifts 0 Buildbase FA Vase last 16 Sat 3rd February Att: 663
Stourport Swifts FA Vase run ended on Saturday with a 3-0 defeat at hands of Ebac Northern League side Stockton Town.
In a competitive first half, Swifts had the edge, with Nick MacPherson shooting straight at Liam Jordan in the Stockton goal after four minutes when Harry Higginson headed Sweeney’s free kick back across goal. Five minutes later Jordan tipped over Myles Newman’s long range effort, but Stockton hit back and Kevin Hayes saw his 18 yard effort well saved by Richards, and James Owens’ header was cleared by Higginson after Richards had parried.
Swifts had a narrow escape when Paul Hurrell robbed Woodhouse as he was about to pull the trigger, and seconds later only a brave challenge from Matt Fulloway prevented Hayes from scoring.
After twenty minutes Higginson broke down the left and Alex Perry was just inches away from connecting with his cross from six yards out, and Jordan dealt well with Sweeney’s fierce volley from the edge of the box.
On the stroke of half time Stockton’s record breaking crowd of 663 erupted when Kevin Hayes was on hand to fire in at the far post after Swifts failed to clear Risborough’s free kick from the left.
Swifts produced some sustained pressure early in the second half, with Sweeney a constant threat down the right, and Perry and MacPherson were both close to converting dangerous crosses.
With seventy one minutes gone substitute Chris Stockton saw his 20 yard drive well saved by Richards, but Owens pounced to drill a low shot from the rebound home from 10 yards out and give his side breathing space. Swifts introduced Jim Hanson and Jack Bailey in an attempt to claw their way back, but with ten minutes left, after Newman and Higginson had cleared off the line, Owens again reacted first to make it 3-0 and put his side in the quarter final.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Hurrell, Higginson, Newman, Perry, Priest, Sweeney, Macpherson, Parsons-Smith. SUBS USED: Sloggett, Jim Hanson, Bailey.
Swifts go down to new leaders
Stourport Swifts 1 Bromsgrove Sporting 3 MPL Saturday 13th January Att: 431
Stourport Swifts produced a battling performance but went down at home to Bromsgrove who go top of the table after this win.
Bromsgrove opened the brighter of the two sides and took the lead after nine minutes when keeper Reece Francis cleared from a Swifts corner and Jason Cowley outpaced the Swifts back line to chip a superb goal from 35 yards over the advancing Dom Richards.
Fulloway and Lloyd both went close as Swifts fought to get back into the game, but Gregory and Cowley could also have added to the lead at the other end.
Richards saved from Gregory again on 26 minutes, but Swifts best chance came when Aaron Lloyd cleverly set up Joe Hanson on the edge of the box, and his fierce drive was well saved by Francis.
In the second half Drew Canavan tested Richards early on, and Nick MacPherson just failed to connect with Sweeney’s pin point cross from the right.
Swifts were back on terms in the 55th minute when Matt Fulloway was on hand at the far post to force home Parsons- Smith’s right side corner from 3 yards.
The Bromsgrove response was immediate, and just two minutes later they were back in front when Gregory was first to react when a free kick from left was headed back across goal for him to score from close range.
With twelve minutes left, Gregory scored his second to put Bromsgrove 3-1 in front with a fine strike from 15 yards.
Swifts pressed hard to get back into the match, and MacPherson squandered a good chance when he blazed over from the edge of the box after good work by Sweeney, and Myles Newman twice shot narrowly wide in the last few minutes.
SWIFTS: Richards, Caines, Fulloway, Hurrell, Higginson, Sweeney, Priest, Perry, Parsons-Smith, Lloyd, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Joe Hanson, Newman, Bailey
Sweeney double puts Swifts in Round 5
Desborough Town 2 Stourport Swifts 4 (AET 90 mins 2-2) FA Vase R4 Att: 290
Two goals from Dan Sweeney gave Stourport Swifts a place in the last 16 of the Buildbase FA Vase.
Sweeney scored to give Stourport the lead after six minutes when Aaron Lloyd flicked on Myles Newman’s pass, and he turned defender Aidan Bradshaw to drive low past keeper Chris Jones from 15 yards.
Desborough quickly responded, and Dom Richards saved well to keep out a low shot from Andrew Hall, but five minutes later could do nothing to prevent skipper Sam Beasley turning a low cross from the right past his own keeper and level the score.
Alex Perry missed the best chance to put Swifts back in front when he blazed wide from 8 yards out after a fine cross from Sweeney picked him out.
In the first attack of the second half Swifts were ahead again when Sweeney broke clear of the Desborough defence on the right and curled a spectacular 25 yarder past Jones from the narrowest of angles. The lead once again only lasted 10 minutes, and Desborough were level when top scorer John Dean was on hand at the far post to fire low past Richards from close range after Swifts failed to clear.
Desborough then produced their best spell of the match to give the Swifts creaking defence some heavy pressure, but Matt Fulloway and Harry Higginson were outstanding, while Richards twice saved well from Dan White and Dean once again.
With five minutes of normal time remaining, Sweeney looked likely to win it, but shot wide from 8 yards out after turning Leo Adam in the box.
Eight minutes into extra time Swifts broke the deadlock when Matt Fulloway was brought down from behind after a free kick from the right, and skipper Beasley blasted his spot kick high past Jones to restore their lead.
As Desborough pushed hard to get back on terms in the second half of extra time, Ashley Parsons-Smith picked out Nick MacPherson on the left, who cooly cut inside two defenders to slot past Jones from 10 yards and give Swifts a place in the last 16.
SWIFTS: Richards, Caines, Fulloway, Higginson, Beasley, Sweeney, Perry, Priest, Newman, Lloyd, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Parsons-Smith, Joe Hanson, Bailey
Swifts push Highgate to the wire
Highgate United 3 Stourport Swifts 2 MPL Tues 26th December Att: 71
Stourport Swifts produced a much improved performance to push title challengers Highgate all the way after Saturday’s disappointment against Shepshed.
Nick Macpherson fired them in front on thirteen minutes when he fired past Catlow in the Highgate goal after Aaron Lloyd picked him out in the box with a pin point pass from the left, but 12 minutes later Highgate were back on terms when Danico Johnson’s fierce left footer flew past Grant from 20 yards out.
Joel Caines cleared off the line from Josh Hawker’s goal bound shot, but Swifts responded with chances of their own, with Ben Priest’s 25 yarder just over the bar, and Aaron Lloyd forcing Catlow to a fine save after good work from Macpherson.
Five minutes into the second half Callum Grant dived to his right to keep out Hawker’s penalty as Highgate started brightly, but just four minutes later they were 3-1 in front when first Hawker made up for his penalty miss with a close range header, and Scott Turner did the same almost straight after.
Matters got worse for the Swifts when Grant was forced off after a collision with Carruthers, and with no keeper on the bench, Ben Priest volunteered to take the gloves.
Swifts showed some of their best pressure in the last 15 minutes, with Lloyd and Macpherson both going close, and got their reward when Macpherson was brought down by Turner and Lloyd blasted home from the spot. Dan Sweeney proved a constant threat from the right, and Newman, Beasley and Macpherson all went close as Swifts pressed hard for a point, but Highgate held out to keep themselves in 6th place with 3 games in hand.
SWIFTS: Grant, Smith, Hurrell, Higginson, Caines, Sweeney, Perry, Priest, Beasley, Lloyd, Macpherson. SUBS USED: Newman
Swifts crash again to Dynamo
Shepshed Dynamo 6 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Sat 23rd December Att:127
A disastrous second half display saw Stourport Swifts ship four unanswered goals and give Shepshed a six goal feast for the second time this season.
In September Swifts went down 6-0 at home for their heaviest defeat of the season against Dynamo, and did it again on Saturday after collapsing after the break.
Aaron Lloyd had put Swifts back in the match with a sharp finish from eight yards when Shepshed failed to clear a Parsons-Smith corner to make it 2-1 after Joe Pheasant and Pierce Kiembi had given Shepshed a 2-0 lead. The second half saw Dynamo take control with a goal blitz that left Swifts battered once again.
Two goals in a minute just after the interval from Liam Read and Celson Patrocinio set the scene before Shay Brennan notched his 20th and 21st goals of the season.
Swifts looked decidedly off colour after their enforced break due to the weather, and struggled to produce any of the flowing football from their recent 12 wins in 16 games run.
SWIFTS: Richards, Jim Hanson, Fulloway, Hurrell, Caines, Sweeney, Perry, Priest, Parsons-Smith, Lloyd, Macpherson. SUBS USED: Smith, Beasley, Newman
Swifts ease into semi final
Malvern Town 1 Stourport Swifts 3 Worcs Senior Urn Weds 6th December Att: 44
Stourport Swifts won through to the semi final of the Worcestershire Senior Urn last night beating West Midlands League Malvern Town.
Aaron Lloyd ended his six match goal drought after 15 minutes when he put Swifts in front, cooly turning on the edge of the box to fire low past Charlie Weavon in the Malvern goal.
Swifts produced some flowing football in the first half, and should have increased their lead, but it was Malvern who levelled four minutes before half time when Matt Turner held off the challenge of Caines to fire past Richards.
With 16 minutes to go, Sweeney and Perry opened up the Malvern defence and the ball broke to Ashley Parsons-Smith on the edge of the box and he drilled a low shot past Weavon to put Swifts 2-1 up. Dan Sweeney made it 3-1 with seven minutes to go when he cut inside from the left past two defenders to score with a fierce angled drive.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Higginson, Caines, Sweeney, Newman, Priest, Perry, Parsons-Smith, Lloyd. SUBS USED: Smith, Hurrell, Jim Hanson,
Macpherson hat trick fires Swifts through
Stourport Swifts 3 Walsall Wood 1 Buildbase FA Vase 3rd Round Sat 2nd December Att: 141
Nick Macpherson scored a superb hat trick to put Stourport Swifts into the last 32 of the Buildbase FA Vase on Saturday.
Swifts had gone down 4-0 to Division One pacesetters Walsall Wood in the League Cup just ten days ago, but proved a different proposition this time round.
Defender Matt Fulloway returned for his first game for two months after a back injury, and marshalled the Stourport defence in an outstanding defensive display.
Swifts took an early lead when Macpherson drilled a low shot past Lloyd Ransome in the Wood goal in the third minute after being played in by skipper Alex Perry, and Walsall Wood missed the opportunity to bounce straight back when Peter Till blazed wide after Swifts failed to clear a left wing corner.
Macpherson made it 2-0 after 20 minutes with a neat first touch and shot past Ransome after being picked out by Sweeney, and despite some heavy pressure and long spells of possession, the visitors could not break down a solid Swifts back line, with Paul Hurrell, Joel Caines and Ben Priest outstanding.
After the break Wood could have reduced the deficit early after Caines’ slip let in Tony Clarke, but he fired over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Wood substitute Stan Mugisha shot wide minutes later, before Macpherson produced his best goal of the match when Sweeney and Lloyd combined to give him the space to fire past Ransome again with a sharp turn and shot in off the right hand post from 20 yards.
Richards saved well from Paul Sullivan before Tony Clarke was given too much room on the left and cut inside to fire home a curling 20 yard shot to make it 3-1.
Dan Sweeney almost restored the 3 goal advantage when he skipped past Deakin in the box, but his fierce drive was well parried by Ransome. Sullivan and Fitzpatrick both went close as the match ran into time added on, but they could not break down a solid Swifts back line.
SWIFTS: Richards, Jim Hanson, Hurrell, Fulloway, Priest, Caines, Sweeney, Perry, Parsons-Smith, Lloyd, Macpherson. SUBS USED: Newman, Hudson.
Swifts lose local derby
Worcester City 4 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Sat 25th November Att:387
Two goals in two first half minutes put Stourport Swifts on the rack in this entertaining match at the Victoria ground, with former WBA and Harriers legend Lee Hughes helping himself to both.
Swifts were comfortable up to the 18th minute when Dave Reynolds evaded Joel Caines’ challenge and crossed for Hughes to score one of the easiest goals of his career. Just two minutes later Myles Newman brought down Bradley Birch in the box to gift Worcester a penalty. Hughes’ fierce spot kick was well save by Dom Richards, but he could not prevent Hughes forcing home the rebound. Hughes twice missed golden opportunities for a hat trick, when first Caines produced an acrobatic clearance off the line, and then he blazed over the bar from 8 yards out.
Swifts failed to make the most of their own chances, when Alex Perry shot over, and Ashley Parsons-Smith chipped his shot wide after being put through by Lloyd.
Swifts manager Mark Phillips brought on Jim and Joe Hanson at half time and Swifts immediately upped their game to make the second half a contest. Dan Sweeney saw his shot saved by Matt Gwynne in the Worcester goal, and Nick MacPherson’s goalbound strike was blocked byTyler Weir.
Hughes nearly completed his hat trick again, but his clever backheel was saved by Richards. Swifts looked likely to get a goal back as their pressure mounted, with Aaron Lloyd heading over and Jim Hanson shooting just wide. In the 69thminute Worcester made it 3-0 when George Forsyth drove a 30 yard free kick past the Swifts wall into the bottom corner.
Stourport hit straight back when Dan Sweeney saw a 25yard free kick of his own well saved by Gwynne, and Nick Macpherson pounced first to net the rebound. Swifts worked frantically to get another goal, and in the space of five minutes Gwynne produced three outstanding saves from Macpherson and two from Perry, one from point blank range.
SWIFTS: Richards, Caines, Hurrell, Priest, Beasley, Sweeney, Newman, Perry, Parsons-Smith, Lloyd, Macpherson. SUBS USED: Jim Hanson, Joe Hanson, Hudson.
Swifts crash out of Cup
Stourport Swifts 0 Walsall Wood 4 Polymac Packaging League Cup Tues 21st Nov Att:57
Stourport Swifts crashed out of the League Cup to Division One leader Walsall Wood, and face an uphill battle to repair their confidence before next weeks’ FA Vase tie against the same side.
Wood opened far the sharper, and it soon became clear that last season’s relegated team were on a mission to come straight back when they raced into a 2-0 half time lead.
Both sides rested key players for this dress rehearsal of the big match next week, but Walsall Wood went in front after 24 minutes when defender Callum McFarlane headed powerfully home from Fitzpatrick’s left wing corner, then Stan Mugisha avoided the challenge of Paul Hurrell to steer a low shot past Tom Palmer to put the visitors in the driving seat.
Swifts were not without their chances, and Aaron Lloyd headed over before Nick MacPherson just failed to connect with Newman’s cross.
Six minutes into the second half Mugisha was on hand again to punish a hesitant Swifts defence when he was first to react following a left wing corner and turn a low shot in off Palmer’s left hand post.
The introduction of Dan Sweeney and Joel Caines gave Swifts an extra edge, and Alex Perry shot straight a Lloyd Rangome in the Wood goal, and Andy Hudson followed suit with the goal at his mercy from 8 yards out. Paul Hurrell saw his fierce header also saved by Rangome, and in the last minute Mugisha punished the Swifts again when he crossed low from the byline to give Sam Agar a simple tap in for number four.
SWIFTS: Palmer, Joe Hanson, Hurrell, Priest, Beasley, Hudson, Newman, Jim Hanson, Perry, MacPherson, Lloyd. Subs Used: Caines, Sweeney.
Swifts ease into Round 3
Kimberley Miners Welfare 0 Stourport Swifts 2 Buildbase FA Vase Sat 11th November Att: 109
Stourport Swifts eased their way into the 3rd Round of the Buildbase FA Vase after coming out on top of this testing away tie against Kimberley MW.
Swifts bright start paid off, and Ashley Parsons-Smith and Jim Hanson saw their shots blocked before Parsons-Smith crossed from the left and Dan Sweeney was on hand to steer a neat header past Joss Hourd-Lee in the Kimberley goal with 8 minutes gone.
Kimberley pressure was rare, with Ben Priest and Paul Hurrell keeping a tight grip at the back, and Dom Richards only troubled once when he tipped over a header from Sean Green.
Joel Caines made it 2-0 in the 35th minute when he turned inside to fire a low left foot shot past Hourd-Lee into the left hand corner.
In the second half Kimberley saw more of the possession but still could not create any clear chances until the 68th minute when Green forced a fine save from Richards with a firm header. Swifts wasted several chances of their own, with Aaron Lloyd going close and Parsons-Smith shooting wide from good positions, and Myles Newman twice firing narrowly wide after Hanson and Perry opened the Kimberley defence.
SWIFTS: Richards, Caines, Hurrell, Priest, Beasley, Sweeney, Jim Hanson, Perry, Parsons-Smith, Lloyd, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Newman, Joe Hanson
Swifts bounce back on track
Lye Town 0 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Sat 4th November Att: 120
Stourport Swifts bounced back to winning ways after last weeks’ defeat with a narrow win at Lye Town.
The first half saw Lye let several chances slip as Jack Till twice forced good saves from Dom Richards in the Swifts goal, and a minute before half time the same player blasted his best chance wide after being put through by Rowe.
On the stroke of half time Stourport failed to take the initiative when Luke Paskin was judged to have brought down Dan Sweeney in the box but Aaron Lloyd’s tame penalty was easily saved by Charlie Price in the Lye goal, and he also managed to tip the rebound shot wide for a corner.
Ten minutes into the second half Dan Sweeney latched on to a slide rule pass from Myles Newman to blast low past Price to give Swifts the lead, and apart from a series of corners, they never looked likely to let it slip.Newman twice went close to extending the lead, but shot narrowly wide on both occasions.
SWIFTS: Richards, Caines, Hurrell, Higginson, Beasley, Sweeney, Jim Hanson, Newman, Parsons-Smith, Lloyd, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Hudson, Joe Hanson, Wager
Swifts go down in form team battle
Stourport Swifts 1 Sporting Khalsa 2 MPL Sat 28th October Att: 111
Stourport Swifts lost out in the battle of the Premier League form teams against 3rd placed Sporting Khalsa.
David Meese gave Khalsa a half time lead from the penalty spot after Paul Hurrell brought down Marvin Nisbett in the box after 22 minutes, and in a fiercely competitive game it was the only decisive shot of the first half.
Swifts defended well against a Khalsa side unbeaten in their last 12 matches, and despite Alex Perry shooting narrowly wide for Swifts best chance, it was Khalsa who scored the decisive second goal when Liam Holt curled a 25 yard strike past on loan Harriers keeper Tom Palmer after 62 minutes when Swifts failed to clear.
Swifts introduced Drew Canavan and Myles Newman for an immediate response, and Perry was on hand to put his side back into the game when he neatly flicked past Arnold in the Khalsa goal to make 2-1 after Canavan’s cross.
Paul Hurrell and Perry both went close as Swifts pushed hard for an equaliser, but Khalsa held on to end Swifts unbeaten 10 game run.
SWIFTS: Palmer, Caines, Hurrell, Priest, Beasley, Sweeney, Jim Hanson, Perry, Parsons-Smith, Lloyd, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Canavan, Newman
Swifts through to Round 2
Stourport Swifts 3 Shirebrook Town 2 Buildbase FA Vase Sat 21st Oct Att: 108
Stourport Swifts reached the 2nd Round Proper of the Buildbase FA Vase for the first time in 16 years thanks to a late winner from Aaron Lloyd.
Swifts were a goal down at the break after Shirebrook’s Kieron Watson put his side in front with a minute to go before the interval, but Swifts hit back with two in two minutes from Ben Priest and Nick MacPherson eleven minutes into the second half.
Watson notched his second to level for Shirebrook with sixteen minutes to go, but with extra time looming Lloyd was on hand to fire Swifts through with his 15th goal of the season.
SWIFTS: Richards, Caines, Hurrell, Priest, Beasley, Sweeney, Jim Hanson, Perry, Parsons-Smith, Lloyd, MacPherson. SUBS Used: Canavan
Swifts progress in League Cup
Stourport Swifts 2 Westfields 1 PPLC Tues 17th Oct Att: 83
Three goals in the last 15 minutes decided this League cup tie, with Alex Perry the Swifts hero, netting twice in two minutes to put Swifts into the third round for a home tie against Walsall Wood or Highgate United.
Westfields’ Mark Magee pulled one back with ten minutes left, but Swifts held on to win.
SWIFTS: Richards,Caines,Priest,Hurrell,Beasley,Sweeney,Jim Hanson,Perry,Parsons-Smith,Lloyd,MacPherson. Subs Used: Bailey, Joe Hanson, Wager
Swifts stun leaders in five goal thriller
Coleshill Town 4 Stourport Swifts 5 MPL Sat 14th October Att: 116
Stourport Swifts twice came back from two goals behind and snatched a late winner to leave league leaders Coleshill in shock.
Coleshill had won every home game so far this season and Swifts found themselves two behind at the break after Jordan Nadat first fired in from close range after Dean Rathbone’s header came back off the bar, and then blasted an unstoppable shot past Richards for his second.
Stourport hit back after the break when Paul Hurrell twice was on hand to score from close range after corners from Ashley Parsons-Smith.
With the game level after an hour and both teams going close again, Coleshill forged ahead again when first leading scorer Matt Gardner headed home after Richards misjudged a free kick from the left, and then sub Liam Molesworth cut inside to fire a curling shot into the top corner.
Dan Sweeney stepped up to make an impact after 78 minutes when his surging run into the box saw him brought down by Joe Cole and Aaron Lloyd coolly rammed home the spot kick to pull a goal back. Three minutes later Sweeney did it again, when his run allowed Nick MacPherson to drive low past Hathaway in the Coleshill goal and level for the Swifts for the second time.
With 4 minutes left, Aaron Lloyd took a ball on his chest 25 yards out and fired a screamer volley past Hathaway to put his side in front for the first time in the match. In the closing minutes Coleshill almost snatched an equaliser, but Nadat’s fierce drive came back off the post.
SWIFTS: Richards, Caines, Priest, Hurrell, Beasley, Sweeney, Newman, Perry, Parsons-Smith, MacPherson, Lloyd. SUBS USED: Higginson
Lloyd hat trick gives Swifts another win
Stourport Swifts 3 Boldmere St Michaels 2 MPL Sat 7th October ATT:108
Aaron Lloyd notched his second hat trick of the season to take his goal tally to 12 in a match that boiled over with three goals in the last six minutes.
Boldmere could have been two goals up in the first fifteen minutes, with top scorer Ryan Nesbitt heading straight at Richards from six yards, then hitting the post after being put clear by Cameron Gayle, but it was Lloyd who struck first to put Swifts ahead when he rounded Abraham and keeper Lewis Feeney to slide into an empty net.
Lloyd made it 2-0 ten minutes into the second half when Parsons-Smith took a quick free kick on the right and Joel Caines crossed for him to head home from eight yards with Boldmere defenders appealing for offside.
With six minutes left Nesbitt escaped the attentions of Ben Priest to drill a low shot past Richards and set up a tense finish, but Lloyd restored the Swifts two goal lead from the spot after Milligan brought down Caines in the box to spark a furious row in which Milligan and Shaw, plus Dan Sweeney were booked.
Nesbitt made it 3-2 in the last minute with another penalty after being floored in the box by Hurrell.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson,Priest, Hurrell, Wager, Bailey, Perry, Jim Hanson, Sweeney, Caines, Lloyd. SUBS USED: Parsons-Smith.
Canavan penalty miss costs Swifts all three points
Quorn 2 Stourport Swifts 2 MPL Saturday 30th September Att: 95
An injury time penalty miss from Drew Canavan cost Stourport a deserved win at strugglers Quorn and they were forced to settle for a point.
Aaron Lloyd made it nine for the season when he put Swifts in front after 15 minutes, but Quorn were level twenty minutes later when Amavir Sandhu lobbed Richards from 25 yards with an outstanding goal. Quorn took the lead when Dominic Brennan’s shot somehow evaded three defenders and keeper Richards to squeeze over the line and put them in front at the break.
Swifts passed up a series of chances in the second half, with Lloyd and Hanson both going close, but it was Alex Perry who popped up to level from six yards with 14 minutes to go. In injury time Canavan’s tame penalty kick was easily saved by Nick Goold in the Quorn goal.
SWIFTS : Richards,Smith,Hurrell,Beasley,Caines,Priest,Jim Hanson,Perry,Canavan,Lloyd,MacPherson. SUBS USED: Sweeney, Joe Hanson
Swifts through in Vase win
Stourport Swifts 5 Paget Rangers 1 FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round Sat 23rd September Att:79
Stourport Swifts cruised into the next round of the Buildbase FA Vase with this comfortable home win against Division One Paget Rangers.
In a bright start in which Sweeney and Perry both went close, Swifts had a scare when Paget’s Keegan Wooley broke through and with keeper Dom Richards in no man’s land, lifted his shot wide. But on 21 minutes, Sweeney crossed from the right and Alex Perry blasted Stourport into the lead with a fierce volley from ten yards out that Paget keeper Josh Benton could only help into the net.
Drew Canavan made it 2-0 fourteen minutes later firing home from the spot after Sweeney was brought down in the box by Luke Bradley. With Swifts in control, they threw Paget a lifeline when Richards failed to connect with his punch a Bradley corner, and Dean Morris pounced at the far post to score and make it 2-1 at the break.
Swifts hit top gear in the second half, and Aaron Lloyd headed home from a pin point Canavan free kick on 59 minutes, and Paul Hurrell repeated the routine just six minutes later with a bullet header from Canavan’s corner and make it 4-1. Sweeney failed to find the target when he dallied too long after being put through by Lloyd, before Nick Macpherson scored from the spot with four minutes remaining after being brought down by Benton.
SWIFTS: Richards, Caines, Fulloway, Hurrell, Wager, Hudson, Perry, Jim Hanson, Canavan, Sweeney, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Lloyd, Priest, Bailey.
Swifts progress in League Cup
Stourport Swifts 4 Cadbury Athletic 2 League Cup Tuesday 19th September Att: 56
Stourport Swifts cruised into the second round of the Polymac Packaging League Cup with a comfortable win against Division One strugglers Cadbury Athletic.
Manager Mark Phillips rested several first choice players after the Swifts hectic start to the season after cramming in thirteen games since their first match on 6th August, but Stourport produced a polished performance in which there should have been more goals.
Dan Sweeney hit the bar with a fierce 20 yarder just four minutes in, and Aaron Lloyd headed narrowly wide five minutes after. Swifts took the lead from the penalty spot when Cadbury defender Nick Allen brought down Sweeney from behind and he picked himself up to blast past Parsons in the Cadbury goal.
Joel Caines cleared off the line from Lionga in a rare Cadbury attack, but on the stroke of half time Alex Perry made it 2-0 when he forced home from close range after a Hudson corner from the right.
The visitors hopes were raised just after the break when Stuart Butcher pulled one back from the penalty spot after Alex Smith brought down Barratt in the box, but Swifts stretched their lead quickly after when Sweeney notched his second of the night, firing in low past Parsons from 15 yards.
Matt Fulloway made it 4-1 in the 81st minute, heading in a pin point Wager cross, before Cadbury defender Andrew Cooper fired a 25 yard shot past Richards off the underside of the bar with six minutes left.
SWIFTS: Richards, Smith, Hurrell, Beasley, Caines, Hudson, Perry, Jim Hanson, Bailey, Lloyd, Sweeney. SUBS USED: Fulloway, Wager, MacPherson.
Swifts win away again
South Normanton Athletic 1 Stourport Swifts 4 MPL Sat 13th Sept Att: 38
Stourport Swifts followed up their midweek win at Shawbury United with another three points on the road within four days.
After a goalless first half at newly promoted South Normanton, Swifts again came back from a goal behind to hit top gear and leave the home side with another home defeat.
Seven minutes into the second half South Normanton went ahead when Kevin Hemagou cut inside from the left and fired in a low shot which Dom Richards in the Swifts goal managed to parry, but could not prevent squirming into the net. Just two minutes later Swifts were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box after MacPherson was fouled, and Drew Canavan fired a well placed low shot past the wall to level the score.
The equaliser gave the Swifts a visible lift and following some sustained pressure Joe Hanson gave them the lead from the edge of the box with a snap shot after MacPherson chested the ball down to set him up.
On 69 minutes MacPherson broke clear but was brought down by keeper Darren Keeling and Aaron Lloyd stepped to score from the penalty spot and give the Swifts a two goal cushion, and 6 minutes later it was 4-1 when Jim Hanson sent Andy Hudson through, and he squared for MacPherson to score low past Keeling.
SWIFTS : Richards, Smith, Hurrell, Beasley, Wager, Joe Hanson, Jim Hanson, Perry, Canavan, Lloyd, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Hudson, Caines, Sweeney.
Swifts chalk up away win
Shawbury United 1 Stourport Swifts 2 MPL Weds 12th September Att: 41
Stourport Swifts came back from a goal down at half time to snatch a win after three straight defeats.
Caught cold after only five minutes when Shawbury striker Ben Cullen headed the home side into the lead, Swifts slowly clawed their way back into the match.
The second half started with real intent, and MacPherson set up Alex Perry whose 25 yarder was brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Shawbury keeper Jack Atkinson. Two minutes later, Drew Canavan saw his goalbound effort cleared off the line by Cooper.
Swifts were level on 50 minutes when Jim Hanson’s slide rule pass put MacPherson clear, and he raced through to shoot past Atkinson’s left hand off the post. Dominic Richards was in action to tip over from Thomas, and Swifts were fortunate when the same player blazed over from eight yards with the goal at his mercy.
But as Swifts pushed for a winner, with both Lloyd and MacPherson going close, it was 19 year old Joe Hanson, on his full Swifts debut, who coolly picked his spot from six yards to put his side in front.
Shawbury forced a succession of corners as the Swifts defence creaked under pressure, but held out to take a hard earned first win in four.
SWIFTS: Richards, Smith, Fulloway, Beasley, Wager, Canavan, Perry, Jim Hanson, Joe Hanson, Lloyd, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Bailey, Caines.
Swifts battered for six
Stourport Swifts 0 Shepshed Dynamo 6 MPL Sat 9th September Att:71
Stourport Swifts had no answer to high flying Shepshed Dynamo’s goal power and finished a poor second in Saturday’s MPL clash.
Shepshed, boasting three of the league’s top scorers from last season, enjoyed a five goal second half feast to leave Swifts gasping.
After a competitive first half in which Stourport were doing most of the defending, Shepshed had only a single goal from Michael Reeves’ header in off the post to show for their efforts, with Dominic Richards saving well from Liam Read and Shay Brennan. Swifts best effort came from Drew Canavan’s free kick which shaved the crossbar.
In the second half, Brennan, who notched 42 goals last season, took charge with two in three minutes, twice evading the attention of the Swifts defence to coolly round Richards to score.
Swifts lost defensive lynchpin Matt Fulloway through injury after 65 minutes, and the visitors took full advantage when first a Josh Hill corner was headed home by skipper Jake Betts, then ten minutes later sub Luke Richards headed in at the far post.
With five minutes to go Liam Hurst drove low past Richards from 25 yards to complete a sorry afternoon for the Swifts.
SWIFTS: Richards, Hanson, Fulloway, Hurrell, Priest, Wager, Canavan, Beasley, Perry, Lloyd, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Hudson
Swifts lose out in seven goal thriller
Stourport Swifts 3 Haughmond 4 MPL Tuesday 5th September Att:60
Stourport Swifts battled back from 4-1 down to set up a grandstand finish but could not snatch an equaliser for a point last night.
Aaron Lloyd scored an outstanding hat trick for the Swifts but still came out empty handed.
Newly promoted Haughmond showed their firepower as they raced into a 3-1 half time lead with some sharp finishing when first Steve Hole ran through unchallenged to score when looking clearly offside, then Joe Parry added two more with clinical finishing when he was twice picked out in the box by Sam Phillips from the byline to fire past Richards after 37 and 41 minutes.
Swifts had levelled briefly at 1-1 when Aaron Lloyd rose at the near post to head strongly past Ash Spittlehouse in the Haughmond goal, but ten minutes into the second half looked down and out when Steve Hole blasted past Richards from 20 yards as defenders backed off to allow him space to shoot and make it 4-1.
Both sides were pushing for goals, and Bailey saw his shot blocked after Perry and Lloyd combined to create an opening, and Phillips shot into the side netting when he should have done better at the other end.
Swifts pulled one back after 71 minutes when Joe Hanson robbed Jack Griffiths and delivered a pin point cross for Lloyd to control in the box and volley past Spittlehouse from 8 yards. As Swifts sniffed a comeback, Lloyd and Bailey both went close before Alex Perry crossed from the right to set up Lloyd to fire in off the post and make it 4-3.
In a frantic last five minutes Spittlehouse scrambled a deflected Lloyd free kick onto the post but Haughmond held on to take all the points.
SWIFTS: Richards, Jim Hanson, Fulloway, Hurrell, Caines, Priest, Beasley, Perry, Bailey, Lloyd, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Wager, Joe Hanson
Careless Swifts let lead slip twice
Rugby Town 3 Stourport Swifts 2 MPL Sat 2nd September Att: 170
Stourport Swifts led twice in their match at Rugby on Saturday, but came away with nothing as Rugby midfielder Josh Ruff snatched a second half winner.
Aaron Lloyd gave Swifts the lead after 19 minutes when he evaded his markers challenge to fire low past former Swifts keeper Lewis Gwilliams, but Rugby were level just five minutes later when James Dance took advantage of a hesitant Dom Richards in the Swifts goal to score.
Lloyd restored the Swifts lead when he was first to react, forcing home a Joe Colley corner from close range.
Jim Hanson rattled the Rugby crossbar with a fierce 20 yard shot, before on the stroke of half time Rugby were level again when Ben Ashby shot low past Richards.
Swifts could have easily come out on top after the interval, but squandered chances through MacPherson and Bailey in particular, before Ruff came up with the decider.
SWIFTS: Richards,Caines,Fulloway,Hurrell,Wager,Colley,Priest,Hanson,Bailey,Lloyd,MacPherson. SUBS USED: Beasley,Perry
Swifts bounce back to winning ways
Stourport Swifts 2 Westfields 0 MPL Monday 28 Aug Att:103
Swifts bounced back from two consecutive defeats on Saturday with this comfortable win against Westfields in soaring temperatures.
Westfields opened well and winger Carlos Moirera forced a fine save from Richards, but Stourport replied quickly, and Jack Bailey could have scored twice in a couple of minutes, first shooting wide after being put clear by Aaron Lloyd, then blasting high from close range following good work from MacPherson.
After 41 minutes Westfields had their best chance when Richards could not hold a fierce free kick from Chris Ham, but Richard Greaves shot wide from the rebound.
Swifts lost Aaron Lloyd with a foot injury at half time to be replaced by Ashley Parsons-Smith.
A neat piece of play between Bailey, Priest and MacPherson created a good opening for Jim Hanson, but his shot from 15 yards out was well blocked by Westfields skipper Matt Sysum.
Swifts took the lead on 62 minutes when Bailey crossed from the left and Hanson rose to steer a fine header low past Kieron Blackburn in the Westfields goal from eight yards.
MacPherson and Parsons-Smith both tested Blackburn again, but Westfields pressed hard for an equaliser with a succession of corners, but Swifts nerves were eased when Alex Smith played Nick MacPherson through, and he cut inside to fire in a low shot past Blackburn at the near post.
SWIFTS: Richards,Caines,Fullway,Hurrell,Wager,Colley,Priest,Hanson,Bailey,Lloyd,MacPherson. SUBS USED:Parsons-Smith,Smith
Off colour Swifts go down again
Rocester 2 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Sat 26th August Att:62
Stourport Swifts went down to their second defeat in five days with a disappointing performance at previously pointless Rocester.
The home side went ahead with a 25 yarder from skipper Martin Smith after seven minutes which flew past Dominic Richards into the top corner as Swifts struggled to cope with Rocester’s fast start. Tom Brown and Oliver Roome both went close to increasing the Rocester lead before Swifts had a lucky let off when an angled drive from Rob Ritchie-Smith came back off the crossbar.
A half time shake up saw Stourport come out a different side, and after only four minutes a Beasley free kick was flicked on by MacPherson and Matt Fulloway was sharpest to score from eight yards out. MacPherson saw a low drive well saved by Charlie Wood in the Rocester goal, and Jack Bailey fired against the post after being put through by Hanson.
Ten minutes later MacPherson was inches wide after Bailey headed back across goal from the far post, and Wood saved well again at Bailey’s feet as Swifts took control.
Nick MacPherson fired just past the post after good work again from Hanson, but with six minutes left Roome was put clear after Brown forced Matt Fulloway into a poor clearance, and shot low past Richards to give Rocester their first win of the season.
SWIFTS: Richards,Smith,Fulloway,Hurrell,Priest,Caines,Beasley,Hanson,Colley,MacPherson,Lloyd. SUBS USED: Bailey,Parsons-Smith
Big crowd see Swifts go down
Bromsgrove Sporting 3 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Tues 22nd August 2017 Att:689
Stourport Swifts suffered their first league defeat of the season in front of 689 fans at Bromsgrove last night.
Bromsgrove won the Division One title unbeaten last season, and their confidence was clear with a strong start that saw them take the lead after 14 minutes when livewire striker Danico Johnson turned in the box and squeezed his left foot shot past Dominic Richards in off the post.
Swifts hit back and went close from Matt Fulloway’s header from Perry’s corner, Jim Hanson’s goalbound shot was deflected wide, and Perry shot straight at Sporting keeper Reece Francis from ten yards out.
In a frantic first half Bromsgrove responded when San Wills broke through the Swifts defence but Richards saved well with his feet, and Swifts had a lucky let off after 33 minutes when Johnson’s shot was deflected against the bar, and Gregory headed the rebound over from close range.
Stourport drew level just before half time when MacPherson found Aaron Lloyd at the far post, who cut inside and fired low past Francis to score.
Bromsgrove always looked the sharper side after the interval, and went ahead whenLiam Spink robbed Matt Fulloway and crossed low for Richard Gregory to drive in from close range. Richards tipped over a fierce drive from sub Joe Ward, and Johnson somehow shot over from six yards out with the goal at his mercy.
Nick MacPherson shot narrowly wide in Swifts best attempt of the second half, but Gregory popped up again in the last minute to make it 3-1.
SWIFTS: Richards,Hanson,Fulloway,Hurrell,Priest,Caines,Beasley,Colley,Perry,MacPherson,Lloyd. SUBS USED: Canavan,Parsons-Smith,Sweeney
Ten men hold Swifts
Stourport Swifts 1 Lye Town 1 MPL Tues 15th August Att: 100
Stourport Swifts were held 1-1 on Tuesday night at the Walshes as ten man Lye held on for a point.
Manager Mark Phillips was forced into three changes from Saturday through injury, plus the loss off suspended Aaron Lloyd, but produced a battling performance which should have given them all three points.
Lye almost took the lead after 10 minutes when Jack Till robbed Matt Fulloway and raced through on goal, but Dominic Richards save well at his feet. Joe Colley headed narrowly over in the 19thminute, and Reece Shilvock did the same for Lye following Billingham’s corner from the right.
Dan Flowers and Adam Meacham were both booked for Lye after an ugly exchange with Sweeney, then the visitors took the lead just before half time when Swifts failed to clear and Jack Till lashed his shot into the roof of the net from six yards.
Swifts equalised six minutes into the second half when Nick MacPherson and Ben Priest combined well to set up Perry, whose shot was well saved by Charlie Price in the Lye goal, but MacPherson followed up to force home from close range. In the 67th minute MacPherson broke clear on goal and was brought down by Luke Paskin on the edge of the box, and the Lye defender was sent off. Sweeney saw his free kick tipped over the bar by Price, and Jack Bailey just failed to connect from Perry’s right wing cross.
Stourport piled on the pressure in an attempt to force a winner, but Bailey shot straight at Price, and MacPherson shot narrowly wide with Price stranded as Lye held on for a point.
SWIFTS:Richards,Caines,Fulloway,Hurrell,Wager,Smith,Sweeney,Priest,Perry,Colley,MacPherson. SUBS USED: Bailey,Joe Hanson
Swifts flying start with away win
Long Eaton Utd. 1 Stourport Swifts 2 Sat 12th Aug MPL Att: 82
Swifts goalkeeper Dominic Richards was produced a series of fine saves to keep his side in this match as they battled their way to three points in the opening League match of the season.
The game was only four minutes old when Richards saved brilliantly from United striker Shaun Rickford as Swifts were slow to come out of the blocks.
The visitors took a further blow when Jim Hanson was forced off with a knee injury after 21 minutes to be replaced by Jack Bailey. Richards was inaction again seconds later to tip a fierce low drive from Jake Wholey round the post.
Dan Sweeney looked the main threat for Stourport, and twice shot wide when he may have done better.
It was Bailey who broke the deadlock on 42 minutes when he pounced on some hesitant defending from defender Ryan Head and squeeze his low shot past Jake Want in the Long Eaton goal to give Swifts the lead.
Swifts had another let off just before the break when Alex Ford robbed Matt Fulloway but fired just wide.
Long Eaton produced their heaviest pressure just after the break, and from a series of corners Ben Priest was in the right place to clear Brendan Clarke’s goalbound header off the line.
Sam Beasley shot inches wide as Swifts broke from some good work by Sweeney, who was replaced by Nick MacPherson with ten minutes left.
MacPherson eased the pressure with a fine solo goal two minutes later, dancing past two defenders before firing a curling shot home from the corner of the box.
Swifts relief was short lived when Ford scrambled one back for Long Eaton just a minute later to set up a nervy finish, but the momentum was broken when United striker Rickard was sent off with five minutes left for two successive yellow cards.
SWIFTS: Richards,Hanson,Fulloway,Priest,Hurrell,Caines,Sweeney,Beasley,Perry,Colley,Lloyd SUBS Used: Bailey,MacPherson
Swifts edged out in extra time thriller
Stourport Swifts 2 Sporting Khalsa 3 (after extra time,90 mins 1-1) Att:114
Stourport Swifts went out of the F.A.Cup after extra time in this Extra Preliminary Round replay.
Swifts hung on after taking the lead through Dan Sweeney early in the second half until the dying seconds of normal time, when full back Carlo Franco gave Khalsa a lifeline with a last gasp equaliser.
Brave Swifts produced a resolute performance to trade punches with one of the MPL’s top teams, but after Aaron Lloyd was sent off with nine minutes left, they were left with an uphill struggle.
Dominic Richards was the busiest keeper in the first half, with two fine saves from Khalsa striker David Meese, but Khalsa had to thank skipper Tesfa Robinson for a last ditch tackle on Dan Sweeney as he was about to score after rounding keeper Tom Turner.
Stourport took the lead on 52 minutes when Beasley played Sweeney in behind the Khalsa defence, and he raced through to make no mistake with a low shot past Turner.
Richards was twice in action again to save well from a Meese header, and at the feet of Marvin Nisbett when he looked certain to score. Lloyd and Perry combined well to create another Swifts chance, with Lloyd’s fierce volley from 18 yards just wide.
Lloyd’s controversial dismissal turned the game into one way traffic, but Swifts looked likely to hang on until Franco popped up at the far post in the dying seconds to level.
Khalsa went ahead when Richards could only get his fingertips to a left wing corner, and defender Leon Miles scrambled home from eight yards.
Nick MacPherson almost levelled for ten man Swifts minutes later, but Turner save well as he ran through on goal. Turner saved well again from Sweeney’s 20 yard free kick before Meese increased the lead after 25 minutes into extra time to make it 3-1.
Swifts came back again when Beasley blasted home a penalty after Perry was brought down in the box, but the clock ran out.
SWIFTS:Richards,Hanson,Fulloway,Hurrell,Priest,Hudson,Sweeney,Beasley,Perry,Colley,Lloyd.SUBS USED: Maund,MacPherson,Bailey
Swifts force replay in FA Cup
Sporting Khalsa 2 Stourport Swifts 2 FA Cup Att: 57
Stourport Swifts came back from two down at the break to earn a replay in this FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie.
In a fiercely competitive match, Swifts started well with Beasley and Lloyd both going close in the opening minutes. Alex Smith cleared off the line from Beckley and Richards saved well from Lawley, and also tipped over a long range effort from Bannister.
Khalsa took the lead on the half hour when Simeon Townsend pounced on a loose clearance to round Richards and score. Ben Maund tested Tom Turner with a 20 yard effort, but with five minutes to go before half time Khalsa went 2-0 up when Craig Bannister blasted a 20 yard free kick home off the underside of the bar.
Swifts started the second half brightly, and Lloyd was unlucky to see his header come back off the crossbar, and just a minute later Dan Sweeney’s close range shot hit the post from four yards out.
Manager Mark Phillips brought on Parsons-Smith and Nick MacPherson in an attempt to get Swifts back into the match, and with fifteen minutes to go it was a curling free kick from the left from Parsons-Smith that split the Khalsa defenders for Matt Fulloway to force high into the net from eight yards.
Dominic Richards produced a brilliant full length save Townsend before Jim Hanson arrived in the box to volley a deserved equaliser for the Swifts.
Ashley Parsons-Smith jinked past Khalsa skipper Robinson in the dying seconds, but Turner produced an outstanding save to keep out his thunderous shot.
SWIFTS:Richards,Smith,Fulloway,Priest,Hanson,Sweeney,Perry,Colley,Beasley,Maund,Lloyd . SUBS USED: Parsons-Smith,MacPherson,Wager
Evesham too strong for Swifts
Stourport Swifts 0 Evesham United 4 Att:75
Stourport Swifts went down to a heavy defeat against Evo Stik league Evesham in their final pre season friendly.
Matt Fulloway dropped out just before kick off with a knee injury, and Swifts were a goal down after just 4 minutes when Joel Caines brought down Jordan Lymn in the box and Nick Stanley stepped up to put Evesham in front from the spot.
One bright spot for the Swifts was the form of keeper Dominic Richards, making his first appearance of the pre season after injury, and he produced a series of fine saves from Bryan,Campbell and Brain.
Swifts best chance came on the stroke of half time when Sam Gilder in the Evesham goal produced a point blank save from Beasley.
Swifts seemed to run out of steam after the break, and with only two subs to call on due to injury and holidays, Evesham turned up the heat with goals from Fahy, Brad Gray and Matt Williams.
SWIFTS: Richards,Smith,Hurrell,Malley,Caines,Sweeney,Priest,Beasley,Lloyd,Perry,Hudson.SUBS USED: McPherson,Colley.
Swifts snatch cup on penalties
Stourport Swifts 2 Bewdley Town 2 (Swifts win 4-2 on penalties) Att: 65
Stourport Swifts won the inaugural John McDonald Trophy on penalties after a late equaliser from Ben Priest.
Bewdley missed the chances to sew up this match early on as Swifts experimented with a different formation. Lewis Pountney hit the bar with a fierce shot after just two minutes, but Lyle Hickman put Bewdley in front a minute later when he raced through and took advantage of a hesitation between Aaron Lloyd and keeper Brad Flude to score.
Bewdley hit the woodwork for a second time when Luke Morris curled a 20 yard shot against the post after 11 minutes.
Joe Siddaway saved well at Alex Perry’s feet to deny Swifts best chance of the half, and Pountney shot wide on 35 minutes when he perhaps should have done better.
Swifts introduced skipper Sam Beasley, Dan Sweeney, Paul Hurrell and Ashley Parsons-Smith at half time, and looked a different proposition going forward as Lloyd was pushed back into his usual strikers role.
Eleven minutes into the second half Swifts were level when Parsons-Smith crossed from the left, Perry dummied, and Lloyd blasted home on the half volley from 12 yards out.
Matt Fulloway just failed to connect with Lloyd’s cross with 6 minutes left, then Pountney looked to have won it for Bewdley with a superb 40 yard lob over Brad Flude.
Priest had other ideas just 3 minutes later when he produced some neat footwork on the edge of the box to evade two defenders and rifle into the top corner to take the game to penalties.
After Dan Sweeney missed Swifts first kick, Jones and Pountney missed for Bewdley, with Flude saving brilliantly, and Beasley,Parsons-Smith,Lloyd, and Joel Caines with the decider, all scored to give Swifts the Trophy.
Late winner foils Swifts
Stourport Swifts 1 Stourbridge 2 Att:168
Stourport Swifts went down to a last gasp Josh Green winner after clawing their way back in this entertaining pre season friendly.
After falling behind to a 10th minute goal from Brandon Hague in an energetic start from from Stourbridge, Swifts contained their Evo Stik League opponents to create the best chances of the second half.
Aaron Lloyd twice shot wide from good positions, and Swifts keeper Tom Palmer produced two outstanding saves from Hague and Jordan Archer.
Skipper Sam Beasley cleared off the line from Paul McCone’s header, before Palmer again saved well from Hague’s low shot. Swifts got back on terms with 6 minutes remaining when Alex Perry managed to get his cross in under some heavy pressure, for MacPherson to squeeze his shot under Joe Collingridge.
The game looked to be finishing in a draw until the last seconds, when full back Green arrived to blast past Palmer from close range.
SWIFTS: Palmer, Smith, Hurrell, Fulloway, Caines, Sweeney, Beasley, Priest, Maund, Lloyd, Perry SUBS USED: Hudson, Colley, Parsons-Smith, MacPherson.
Swifts in first friendly win
Stourport Swifts 2 Droitwich Spa 1 Att: 57
Stourport Swifts won their second warm up match after their eight goal mauling by Kidderminster Harriers last Saturday.
New signing Joel Caines put the Swifts ahead after nine minutes with a cool finish as he raced clear of the Droitwich defence.
The first half saw the best of the football from both sides, with Swifts keeping possession for long spells and Beasley and Sweeney both going close, and Droitwich defended well under some heavy pressure.
Nick MacPherson made it 2-0 after 58 minutes when he turned smartly to fire home after Bailey’s corner from the left, but Droitwich came straight back when James Lemon converted following a neat move down the right. Sweeney, Beasley and Bailey all squandered good chances to make the game comfortable.
Swifts are at home to Stourbridge on Saturday in their third warm up game, kick off 3.00pm
Harriers late goal rush canes Swifts
Stourport Swifts 0 Kidderminster Harriers 8 Attendance : 218
from Harriers Matty Paddock
HARRIERS were comfortable pre-season winners at Stourport Swifts as Joe Ironside’s four goals helped the team cruise to a 8-0 victory.
The front man looked in fine form and it was he who set the scoring going for the day with a ninth minute strike.Ryan Croasdale doubled the lead just after the break before Ironside started firing again with a further three – Sam Austin also chipping in with a fine finish of his own to make it five before Andre Brown and Liam Truslove completed the rout.
Harriers controlled the game from the off and were almost ahead after a couple of minutes when Tyrone Williams crossed for Ironside who saw an effort well blocked.
The striker wouldn’t be denied for long, however, and with just nine minutes gone he nodded his team in front – a lead that Andre Brown almost doubled when he tried to lift a shot over the goalkeeper moments later.
In fact, Brown should have bagged a couple in the first half – around the half hour he made a pair of intelligent runs into the area being played through by Truslove and McQuilkin, denied on each occasion as the goalkeeper dealt with low shots.
How the shot stopper, Callum Grant, quite managed to keep out Brown’s close-range effort eight minutes before the break is anyone’s guess but after Ironside crossed low and Brown finished, he appeared from nowhere to keep the score at one.
Harriers added more goals quickly after the restart – Croasdale set up by Ironside before slotting a low finish from distance into the bottom corner; Ironside then nabbing his second as he picked the bones of chances from Brown and Sonupe to fire in from close range.
Ironside’s hat-trick arrived before the hour mark – quick thinking from Webb and Sonupe saw the former Nuneaton man on the spot to again find the net.
On 67 minutes Austin got in on the act – set free as he raced into the area, he saw his initial shot well blocked but kept his composure enough to gather himself and fire a second stab into the top corner.
The goals didn’t seem to stop coming – Liam Truslove’s powerful low drive saw him find the net in giving the goalkeeper no chance, Ironside then finishing the day as he started it with the eighth goal of the afternoon, another fizzed shot driving across the face of goal and into the bottom corner.
Substitute Ben Maund had Swifts best chance in the second half, but his shot was well blocked by the keeper.