Swifts can't break deadlock
Lye Town 1 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Sat 22nd Feb Att: 128
Stourport Swifts chalked up their fourth draw in a row as they failed to break down a stubborn Lye defence and missed several gilt edged chances.
Lye took a shock lead after just seven minutes when Kienan Palmer burst through the centre of the Swifts defence and blasted a low shot past Richards from 15 yards.
The lead lasted only two minutes however, when Jack Downing crossed from the right and Nick MacPherson turned to sweep in from six yards into the bottom corner.
Swifts took control after levelling the score, with Downing seeing his goal bound shot blocked by Joe Colley, and he also headed just over the top after Lewis Platt opened up the Lye defence on the left. Lye almost snatched a surprise lead when a weak header from Timmins let in Geoff Hill, but his first time lob as Richards advanced dropped narrowly wide.
Mark Danks looked like putting Swifts in front after 60 minutes, but his goal bound effort was blocked by a last gasp tackle from defender Ryan Bridgwater. Hill looked a threat up front for Lye again when he evaded three challenges as he broke into the box but Richards saved well low to his right. Matt Fulloway headed over the top and in the dying minutes Elliott Lees just failed to connect with Downing’s low cross to snatch the win, but Swifts had settle for another draw.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Platt, Downing, Binner, Billingham, Danks, Brett, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Lees, Drew
Swifts take hard earned point
Newark Flowserve 0 Stourport Swifts 0 MPL Sat 8th Feb Att: 266
Stourport Swifts battled hard for a well earned point at top of the table Newark last Saturday.
Keeper Dominic Richards was again on top form as he produced four outstanding saves from Newark’s dangerous front line, one each from Dan Meadows and Kyle Dixon, and two in the second half from Ben Hutchinson, who has 20 goals so far this season.
After Richards denied Meadows with just four minutes on the clock, Jack Downing almost gave Swifts the lead two minutes later after a neat link up with MacPherson, but was denied by a last ditch tackle from Mitchell Robinson as he was about to pull the trigger. Meadows and Hutchinson both went close as Newark pressure mounted with a strong wind at their backs, but Swifts looked solid in defence with Fulloway and Timmins in no mood to give anything away.
In the second half Mark Danks saw his fierce effort blocked after a Swifts free kick, and Downing’s loose first touch saw his chance lost when put through on goal. Newark piled on the pressure in their search for a goal, but Martin Slevin and Joe Billingham worked tirelessly in the Swifts midfield to shut out any danger. With five minutes left, full back Taylor Cordell was dismissed for a second bookable offence, but Swifts ten men held out for their third draw in a row.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Fulloway, Timmins, Platt, Downing, Slevin, Billingham, Danks, O’Neill-Martin, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Brett, Lees, Joe Hanson
Swifts draw a blank
Stourport Swifts 0 Boldmere St. Michaels 0 Sat 1st Feb Att: 81
Stourport Swifts failed to break down a stubborn Boldmere back line to give them their second home draw in a row and slip five points behind the leaders at the top of the MPL.
Chances were few and far between in difficult conditions, but Swifts had keeper Dom Richards to thank for three outstanding saves that kept the scoreline blank.
Swifts started brightly, with James Timmins heading wide following a Billingham corner, and a Taylor Cordell’s driven free kick evaded everyone as flashed across the six yard box. Aaron Brett also fired narrowly wide after linking up with MacPherson. Boldmere striker Owen Parry tested Richards after 24 minutes when he turned sharply , and his powerful effort turned round the post. Six minutes later Jack Skinner’s ten yard piledriver was parried away Richards after he looked certain to open the scoring.
The second half was easier on the eye as the blustery wind dropped, but Richards still had to be at his best to keep out Parry’s angled effort following a goalmouth scramble. Aaron Brett managed to ride two tackles as he burst into the box, but shot tamely wide.Swifts best chance came on 70 minutes when Matt Fulloway heaed down Slevin’s free cross from the left, but MacPherson’s fierce effort was straight at Boldmere keeper Matt Coton.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Fulloway, Timmins, Platt, Downing, Jim Hanson, Slevin, Billingham, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: Danks, O'Neill-Martin
Swifts can’t hold on
Stourport Swifts 1 South Normanton Ath. 1 Sat 25th January Att: 95
South Normanton’s leading scorer Richard Hanslow snatched away all three points from Stourport Swifts with an equaliser in the sixth minute of injury time.
Swifts had looked well worth another home win when skipper Matt Fulloway fired in a bullet header past keeper Curtis Hall in the 55th minute following a corner from Joe Billingham, but failed to make the most of several good chances to make the game safe and were forced to settle for a point.
Both Matt Hanson and Nick MacPherson should have done better from good positions, before warning signs appeared after Dom Richards twice produced outstanding saves from Hanslow and sub Kenan Layton
A tentative start had seen the Swifts allow the visitors to create opportunities early on, with Marc Stryzyzewski firing wastefully wide, and Richards full stretch to keep out an Ollie Simpson header, but Jack Downing twice went close, MacPherson brought a fine save from Hall, and James Timmins saw his header blocked on the line as Swifts looked the most dangerous at the end of the first half.
SWIFTS: Richards, Cordell, Fulloway, Platt, Downing, Jim Hanson, Slevin, Billingham, MacPherson, Brett.
SUBS USED: Danks, Matt Hanson, O'Neill-Martin
Swifts crash at Romulus
Romulus 3 Stourport Swifts 0 MPL Sat 18th January Att: 89
Stourport Swifts slumped to their first defeat in eight games last week when they were well beaten at Romulus, who leapfrogged them in the Premier League table into 4th place.
Romulus took a slender 1-0 lead into the break, when after 27 minutes Niall Rowe managed to squeeze in a far post cross from the byline despite the attentions of Jack Downing, and Josh Willis arrived unmarked to sweep past Dom Richards from eight yards out. Richards earlier saved well at the feet of Lewis Archer when he raced clear and looked odds on to score. Joe Billingham offered Swifts only real threat just before the break, but his shot was comfortably saved by Spink.
Swifts almost went in front a minute into the second half when defender Guy Clarke deflected an attempted pass from Slevin just narrowly wide, but five minutes later Jordan Nadat put Romulus two ahead when he neatly chested down a crossfield pass from Chad Degville -Cross to drive past Richards from ten yards.
Swifts responded with their best spell of pressure in the match, and Downing was played clear from a slide rule pass from sub Kartel O’Neill-Martin but delayed his shot and was shut out by a challenge from Tony Fishwick. Matt Fulloway came to the rescue when blocked a goalbound effort from Degville-Cross, and Nadat blazed a good chance over as Romulus took control, and they netted a third on 69 minutes with a cleverly worked free kick which opened the space for Dean Rathbone to drive low past Richards from the edge of the box.
SWIFTS: Richards, Jim Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, Downing, Slevin, Billingham Canavan, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: O’Neill-Martin, Platt, Danks
Billingham snatches winner
Tividale 1 Stourport Swifts 2 MPL Sat 11th Jan Att: 88
Joe Billingham gave Stourport Swifts all three points with the winner to move them up to 4th and within a point of top spot.
Swifts dominated play throughout this match, but struggled to find the finishing touch in a goalless first half. Jack Downing was a constant threat on the right, and tested Tividale keeper Louis Connor twice early on, and Drew Canavan saw his shot blocked after some good work from Downing. Martin Slevin also forced Connor to save well with a long range free kick, and Nick MacPherson shot wide after being played in by Downing.
Tividale offered little as an attacking threat, with Matt Fulloway and James Timmins looking strong at the back for Swifts in difficult conditions, and Swifts finally took the lead with 20 minutes to go when Downing drove in a low cross to the near post and MacPherson reacted smartly to drive in from close range. Swifts got a wake up call just three minutes later when Tividale substitute Joe Burroughs put his side level after they twice failed to clear in a rare bout of home pressure.
With ten minutes left, Downing again provided the defining cross and Billingham was on hand to force home the winner from five yards out.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, Downing, Slevin, Canavan, Billingham, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: O’Neill-Martin, Jim Hanson, Cordell
Swifts up to fifth
Stourport Swifts 4 Coventry Sphinx 1 MPL Sat 4th Jan Att: 94
Goals from Nick MacPherson and a penalty from Drew Canavan gave Stourport Swifts a 2-0 half time lead that they never looked in danger of losing.
Sphinx caused a few problems early on, when Colin Smith fired into the side netting after a deep cross from Charlie Faulkner, and Woodward shot wide from ten yards out, but Swifts went in front when MacPherson was on hand after six minutes to turn in Canavan’s near post cross. Three minutes later Jack Downing was brought down in the box by defender Lawrence Rawlings, and Canavan stepped up to drive low past keeper Tom Cross and give Swifts a two goal lead.
Matt Hanson blazed over the top from eight yards after a Slevin corner on the left, and Aaron Brett had the ball in the net 5 minutes later but was judged offside. Swifts has Dom Richards to thank on the half hour when Charlie Faulkner beat the offside trap to race through on goal, and forced Richards to a fine save low to his left. Just seconds later Callum Woodward tested Richards again as the visitors threatened to get back into the game, but the Swifts began the second half with intent, and Brett fired into the side netting from Downing’s cross before Matt Fulloway climbed highest to head home another Downing cross following Slevin’s corner.
Swifts failed to clear a series of Sphinx corners and sub Charlie McConnachie pulled one back at the far post after 79 minutes.
MacPherson restored the three goal advantage when he beat keeper Cross to a low cross from Kartel O’Neill- Martin and forced home his second goal from close range.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Timmins, Fulloway, Matt Hanson, Downing, Slevin, Billingham, Canavan, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: O’Neill-Martin, Platt, Jim Hanson
Swifts drop valuable points
AFC Wulfrunians 2 Stourport Swifts 2 MPL Sat 21st December Att: 96
Stourport Swifts looked to have this match sewn up as they raced into a 2-0 lead within the first 13 minutes, but Wulfrunians produced a spirited second half fightback to respond with a quick fire double of their own to snatch a point.
Swifts missed the chance to go second in the table as two of the teams above them lost, but remain unbeaten in their last 5 league matches. Aaron Brett gave Swifts a flying start after 11 minutes when he forced home Martin Slevin’s right wing corner, and Nick MacPherson continued his scoring run just two minutes later when he drove in Brett’s low cross from 8 yards.
Wulfs looked a different side after the break, but were aided by some casual defending and a lack of urgency as Swifts looked to contain rather than continue with their earlier high energy approach, and it was striker Dominic Dell who put them back in the game with a tremendous header over Dom Richards in the 66th minute. Just two minutes later Aaron Bishop levelled the scores when he pounced on some sloppy defending to force home from close range.
Swifts responded after the equaliser, and Drew Canavan twice opened the Wulfs defence for Jim Hanson and Lewis Clarke to go close, and Slevin’s long range snap shot tested Turner in the home goal, but they had to settle for a point.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, O’Neill-Martin, Slevin, Clarke, Billingham, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: Jim Hanson, Canavan, Danks
Swifts make it four in a row
Haughmond 0 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Sat 7th December Att: 72
A 65th minute screamer from Martin Slevin gave Swifts their fourth straight win to move them up to fourth place and within a point of top spot.
A slow start soon made it clear that this was not going to be an easy three points as Haughmond worked hard to get back behind the ball and deny Swifts the space to create chances.
Aaron Brett saw an early effort tipped around the post by keeper Sam Jones, and Downing thundered a 20 yard effort against the post before Swifts also had a lucky escape when Haughmond’s leading scorer Steve Hole chipped his shot against the bar with Richards beaten.
Slevin’s clever pass then found Brett just onside, but he fired over the top, then Lewis Clarke almost put Swifts in front when he turned well on the edge of the box but shot wide.
The second half saw a series of efforts go begging, with Fulloway glancing a header wide from Slevin’s corner and sub Kartel O’Neill-Martin waited too long and allowed his shot to be blocked.
Slevin however made no mistake in the 65th minute when he was allowed too much room 30 yards out and smashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net and left Jones grasping thin air.
A pin point cross from Joe Hanson on the right gave Jack Downing a golden chance to increase the lead, but his close range header was straight at a grateful Jones. Joe Billingham then forced Jones to save again after Downing’s shot was blocked, and Mark Danks almost added a second when he cut inside and shot narrowly wide.
With fourteen minutes left Haughmond’s Louis Irvine was dismissed for a reckless challenge on Jim Hanson.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, Downing, Clarke, Slevin, Billingham, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: O’Neill-Martin, Jim Hanson, Danks
Swifts go sixth
Stourport Swifts 2 Gresley 0 MPL Tues 3rd December Att:49
Stourport Swifts made it three home wins in a row to move up to sixth place in the Midland Premier League table.
A 37th minute goal from Lewis Clarke set Swifts on the way after bottom of the table Gresley had started brightly, forcing Swifts back and the visitors gave Swifts pair Downing and MacPherson up front little room to shine.
Gresley striker Michael Nelson gave the Swifts defence an early scare but his snap shot whistled narrowly wide of Richards’ left hand post, but Clarke put Swifts ahead when Joe Hanson’s shot was saved by keeper Ben Allsop and he followed up to drill low into the net from 12 yards.
Swifts took charge in the second half, with first Aaron Brett testing Allsop, and then Matt Fulloway saw his header from a Slevin corner cleared off the line. Gresley had a narrow escape when defender Jake Sturgess turned a dangerous cross from Downing against his own post. Joe Billingham then increased the Swifts lead when his curling 25 yarder flew past Allsop into the top corner after 62 minutes. Six minutes later manger Quentin Townsend introduced new signing Kartel O’Neill-Martin and within seconds he caused havoc in the Gresley box and was brought down by Mclane Durdey to win the Swifts a penalty, but Jack Downing failed to increase the lead when he blazed his spot kick high over the bar. Lewis Clarke almost bagged his second of the match late on, but Allsop saved well to his left.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, Downing, Slevin, Clarke, Billingham, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: O’Neill-Martin, Canavan, Danks.
Fulloway header seals it for Swifts
Stourport Swifts 2 Romulus 1 MPL Sat 30th November Att: 63
Swifts captain Matt Fulloway headed a 65th minute winner to move Stourport Swifts up to 8th place in the Premier League table.
Stourport had battled back from behind when Lewis Archer put Romulus ahead when he rose above the Swifts defence in the 9th minute to power a fierce header past Dom Richards.
Dean Rathbone and Kyle Hayden both went close for the visitors as they took command early on, but the Swifts almost levelled when Nick MacPherson rounded keeper Billy Spink but saw his close range effort cleared of the line by defender Callum Rudd.
Fulloway almost levelled just after the break when he was inches from forcing home a Slevin cross from the left, but six minutes later there was no close shave when Lewis Clarke was first to react when Romulus failed to deal with Jack Downing’s cross and drove home the equaliser from ten yards out.
Archer tested Richards with a 20 yard effort, then Aaron Brett fed a neat through ball for Clarke once again, and his low shot was tipped around the post by Spink. From the resulting corner from Slevin on the right, Clarke managed to rise first at the near post and Fulloway headed home to put Swifts in front for the first time.,
Joe Hanson almost added a third when his mazy run into the box took him past three defenders, but shot just wide at the near post.
SWIFTS; Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, Downing, Slevin, Clarke, Billingham, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: Canavan, Jim Hanson, Danks.
Swifts back to winning ways
Stourport Swifts 3 Heather St. John’s 2 MPL Tues 26th November Att: 66
After losing their first home game of the season last week, Stourport Swifts bounced back to deny visitors Heather St. John’s the chance to go top of the Premier League table on Tuesday night.
Swifts raced into a two goal lead when Nick MacPherson smartly turned in a Martin Slevin cross after nine minutes, and then Aaron Brett diverted in another Slevin cross in off a defender from ten yards eight minutes later. Swifts held a two goal cushion for just three minutes, as Joe Hanson’s clumsy challenge on James Taylor allowed Heather striker Kieron Clarke to pull one back from the penalty spot. Joe Billingham blazed a clear chance wide from ten yards out and Downing twice went close as Swifts took control, before Downing made no mistake with a far post header from close range to make it 3-1 in the 28th minute.
The visitors’ goal saw an amazing escape on the stroke of half time when MacPherson’s snap shot came back off the base of the post, and Lewis Clarke followed up and drove the rebound against the same post.
Heather produced a much stronger second half, and Dom Richards saved well from Trea Berti and Kieron Clarke before Fraiser Doyle set up a tense final twenty minutes when he chipped in from fully 45 yards after Richards had raced out to clear. Swifts are at home again on Saturday to Romulus, kick off 3.00pm, and last weeks postponed match against Gresley has been re arranged for next Tuesday 3rd December, kick off 7.45pm
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, Downing, Slevin, Clarke, Billingham, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: Canavan, Jim Hanson
Swifts lose first home match
Stourport Swifts 1 Walsall Wood 2 MPL Tues 19th Nov Att: 61
Stourport Swifts lost their first home game of the season after a controversial second half penalty winner sent Walsall Wood back to the top of the Midland Premier League.
Swifts took the lead after nine minutes, when Martin Slevin’s diagonal pass picked out Jack Downing, who controlled neatly to sweep past keeper Lloyd Ransome from six yards out.
Joey Butlin’s 30 yard free kick shaved the bar as the Wood responded, and Richards saved well at the feet of Connor Deards. After 25 minutes a Danks cross tested the visitors defence, and Nick MacPherson was inches from extending the Swifts lead, and a minute later defender Craig Deakin cleared off the line. Wood levelled three minutes before the break when Swifts twice failed to clear their lines and Deards gratefully rolled in from eight yards.
The visitors started brightly after half time, and Richards saved well from Butlin, then on 52 minutes Lewis Clarke was judged to have brought down Lewis Had, and Stuart Mcnaught fired low past Richards to give his side the lead from the spot. Downing saw his header tipped onto the bar by Ransome from Slevin’s free kick, and Swifts cursed their luck when Drew Canavan, returning from injury in his first game since August, saw his angled 20 yarder come back off the bar.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Phillips, Downing, Slevin, Clarke, Danks, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: Jim Hanson, Canavan, Billingham
MacPherson gives Swifts first away win
Long Eaton United 2 Stourport Swifts 3 MPL Sat 16th Nov Att: 60
Nick MacPherson banished Stourport Swifts’ away day blues to give them their first away win of the season at 3rd placed Long Eaton.
The home side, unbeaten at home in eight games this season, were forced back in the early stages as Swifts began with purpose, and Jack Downing and Aaron Brett both went close in the first few minutes. After 12 minutes Brett blazed wide from a Mark Danks cross with the goal at his mercy from six yards out before MacPherson finally gave Swifts the goal their early pressure deserved, turning a neat header just inside the right hand post from Danks’ corner.
Dom Richards came to the rescue on the stroke of half time when he reacted smartly to block Niall Towle’s shot when he was through on goal.
Five minutes into the second half MacPherson just missed Downing’s cross from the right, then United striker Rhys Dolan fired his shot over the bar from five yards out as Long Eaton rained balls into the box from a series of long throws from defender Kieron Walker. Taylor shot wide again from a good position before Downing crossed low from the right for MacPherson to turn a sharp finish past keeper Jason White just inside the post to put Swifts two ahead.
Five minutes later Richards raced from his goal to block a shot from Dolan and Towle was on hand to score from the rebound from 25 yards out.
As the pressure mounted on the Swifts goal Matt Fulloway was on hand to restore the Swifts two goal lead when head outjumped the Long Eaton defenders to head home following another Danks corner.
Long Eaton set up a frantic finish when James Taylor drove in at the far post with minutes to go, but Swifts held on to take all three points.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Phillips, Downing, Clarke, Slevin, Danks, MacPherson, Brett. SUBS USED: Billingham, Drew, Espley
Downing double puts Swifts through
Stourport Swifts 2 Boldmere St. Michaels 1 Moldwel Products League Cup 4th Nov Att: 46
Stourport Swifts finally got a result against Boldmere St. Michaels at the fifth attempt this season thanks to two late goals from Jack Downing.
The first half produced chances for both sides with Brad Lindsey twice going close for the visitors, and Swifts should have done better when Downing shot into the side netting and Matt Hanson’s tame effort was straight at Lewis Fenney in the Boldmere goal. Fenney then produced an outstanding double close range save from Nick MacPherson and then Lewis Clarke.
It looked as if this match would go the same way as the previous five when after 56 minutes Boldmere’s Kyle Byrne cut inside from the left and shot low past Richards.
But Swifts got the goal their pressure deserved when with 13 minutes left defender Harry Sweeney handled in the box and Downing blasted high past Fenney from the spot to level the scores.
With two minutes left, Mark Danks managed to squeeze in a perfect cross as he was penned in on the right touchline, and Downing was first to pounce at the near post with a powerful header past Fenney.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, Jim Hanson, Lewis Clarke, Slevin, Danks, Mac|Pherson, Downing. SUBS USED: Brett, Phillips
Swifts go down at Boldmere
Boldmere St Michaels 2 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Sat 2nd Nov Att: 112
Stourport Swifts again took the lead against Bold mere on Saturday as they met for the fourth time already this season, but once again could not hold on as two goals from Jack Skinner in the second half condemned them to defeat for the third time out of four.
Joe Hanson gave Swifts the lead just before half time, but gave away a careless penalty with eleven minutes to go for Skinner to fire past Richards to give Boldmere the points.
Manager Quentin Townsend is sweating on the fitness of Joe Billingham, who came off early on Saturday, with Drew Canavan, Dean Waldron and Lewis Platt also doubtful.
Swifts meet Boldmere again on Monday night in the second round of the Moldwel Products League Cup, kick off 7.45pm
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, Jim Hanson, Billingham, Slevin, Danks, Downing, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Clarke, Phillips, Lees
Swifts ease into next round
Stourport Swifts 5 Dudley Town 0 Tues 22nd Oct Smedley Crooke Cup Att: 57
Stourport Swifts moved comfortably into the next round of the Smedley Crooke Cup on Tuesday night with an emphatic win over West Midland Premier League Dudley Town.
Dudley looked a threat in the opening minutes, but it was the Swifts who took the lead when Joe Hanson rose at the far post to head in Slevin’s corner. Five minutes later Slevin was on the scoresheet himself to make it 2-0, before Lewis Clarke gave Swifts a 3-0 half time lead. Striker Jamie Clarke twice failed to take golden opportunities to put the tie out of reach, but shot wide from good positions.
Jim Hanson made it four with a well worked goal five minutes after the break, before manager Quentin Townsend introduced Under 18’s duo Harry Drew and Ethan Vine for a further taste of first team action.
Nick Macpherson hit number 5 with two minutes left.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Phillips, Jim Hanson, Lewis Clarke, Slevin, Danks, Jamie Clarke, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Billingham, Vine, Drew
Swifts make it five in a row
Stourport Swifts 2 Highgate United 0 MPL Sat 19th October Att: 73
Stourport Swifts made it five home league wins in a row with another three points against struggling Highgate United.
The visitors came to make life difficult, and Swifts, missing regulars Lewis Platt, Martin Slevin and Joe Billingham, struggled to break down a dogged Highgate defence.
Mark Danks and Nick MacPherson both failed to make the most of good opportunities, and it was Highgate defender Ryan Conlon who broke the deadlock after 68 minutes when his own goal gave Swifts the lead.
Swifts finally picked up the pace, and Jack Downing made it 2-0 with fifteen minutes to go.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, Jim Hanson, Lewis Clarke, Binner, Danks, Downing, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Jamie Clarke, Espley
Last gasp leveller saves Swifts
Selston 3 Stourport Swifts 3 MPL Sat 12th October Att: 76
A stunning right foot drive from Joe Billingham saved a late point for Stourport Swifts at lowly Selston last week.
After taking an early lead after just five minutes when Mark Danks fired in Nick MacPherson’s cross from six yards out, Swifts found themselves 2-1 then 3-2 down with twenty minutes to play.
Swifts failed to make their first half possession pay, and after some good approach work saw Danks and Jim Hanson both fail to add to their goal tally, Carl Moore fired in off the post to level for Selston before the break. Billingham’s shot was well saved by Warren Squires in the Selston goal, and MacPherson turned a good cross from Joe Hanson just wide, but the home side made Swifts pay for their wasted chances when Jack Havron volleyed past Richards thanks to a fortunate deflection to make it 2-1 . Swifts were level again when Jack Downing jinked past two defenders on the right and crossed low for Danks to drive in for his second at the far post.
Downing hit the bar after Selston failed to clear, but on 78 minutes they were back in front when Carl Moore shot low past Richards from the edge of the box.
It looked all over for the Swifts until with two minutes to go Jamie Clarke crossed low from the left and Billingham blasted an unstoppable rising angled shot past Squires to level again.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Matt Hanson, Platt, Jim Hanson, Slevin, Billingham, Downing, MacPherson, Danks, . SUBS USED: Espley, Lees, Clarke
Swifts dig deep for a win
Stourport Swifts 2 Newark Flowserve 0 MPL Sat 5th October Att: 80
Stourport Swifts bounced back from their recent run of poor form to take a battling win against 4th placed Newark.
While still missing Drew Canavan, Dom Richards and Jamie Clarke, Swifts produced a performance of grit and determination to grind out a two goal win to end Newark’s 5 match unbeaten run.
Swifts weathered an early storm in which both Sol Miller and Tyrell Shannon-Lewis both tested keeper Ryan Smith in the opening 15 minutes, before Jack Downing set up Joe Billingham who shot wide, and Nick MacPherson his header cleared off the line by defender Mitchell Robinson. After 36 minutes Downing outpaced the Newark back line but shot tamely wide, then Newark twice missed chances to go in front when Miller and then Danny Meadows both failed to test Smith from close range.
Swifts broke the deadlock five minutes after half time when Downing, chasing a lost cause, blocked keeper Joe Searson-Smithard’s clearance attempt, which set up Joe Billingham to follow up and drive in from ten yards .
Falling behind prompted an immediate response, and Newark could easily have levelled after some fierce pressure when Miller blazed over from 8 yards out when looking certain to score, and James Timmins threw himself bravely in to block a goalbound effort from Kyle Dixon. Skipper Matt Fulloway held a creaking Swifts back line together with some solid defending, and on a rare Swifts attack with 12 minutes left, Lawrence Gorman was judged to have pulled down Macpherson in the box, and Downing stepped up to fire low into the bottom corner from the spot. Newark saw Mitchell Robinson dismissed for a second yellow for one foul too many on Downing with five minutes left and Swifts held out for a well earned three points.
SWIFTS: Smith, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Platt, Jim Hanson, Slevin, Lewis Clarke, Billingham, MacPherson, Downing. SUBS USED: Phillips, Lees, Espley
Swifts crash out in first round
Stourport Swifts 1 Worcester Raiders 1 (Raiders win 4-2 on penalties) Worcs Senior Cup Tues 1st Oct Att:81
Stourport Swifts went out in Round 1 of the Worcester Senior Cup against West Midland League Worcester Raiders after a dramatic penalty shoot out.
Raiders, featuring several former Swifts players, had much the better of the first half, and could consider themselves unlucky to go in 1-1 at the break. Josh Farnsworth put them ahead after 11 minutes when he beat the Swifts offside trap on the right hand side and raced through to blast past Swifts Under 18’s keeper Ryan Smith. Nine minutes later Roland Krol should have made it two, but his close range shot came back off Smith’s left hand post. Smith then did well to tip over a Dave Reynolds header, before Lewis Clarke levelled the score with a header from Slevin’s free kick from the left. Jamie Clarke almost gave Swifts a lead they barely deserved on the stroke of half time, but his tame header sailed wide.
Swifts made a better contest after the break, but Smith was still called on to save twice from Dave Reynolds and once from Krol. Chris Conway and Joe Billingham both went close for the Swifts, but too many attacks came to nothing as they struggled to deliver a telling final pass.
The 90 minutes finished at 1-1, but after Joe Billingham scored the first penalty, Mark Danks saw his spot kick saved and Martin Slevin blazed his over the bar, Kyle Belmonte stepped up put Raiders into the next round 4-2 .
SWIFTS: Smith, Hayer, Fulloway, Timmins, Jim Hanson, Lewis Clarke, Slevin, Billingham, Danks, Jamie Clarke, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Matt Hanson, Conway
Wasteful Swifts lack finishing touch
South Normanton Athletic 3 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Sat 28th September Att: 62
Stourport Swifts came away with nothing once again after dominating this match for most of the 90 minutes.
After a bright start in which Jack Downing shot narrowly wide from the left, and then shot tamely at keeper Curtis Hall when put through by Jim Hanson, Swifts fell behind in the 36th minute when ten goal Richard Hanslow was first to Eric Graves’ left wing cross to send a thumping header low past Richards left hand. Swifts looked confident in possession, and Downing and Chris Conway both went close to levelling the score, and they finally drew level after Joe Billingham skipped past two defenders on the edge of the box, and saw his low drive well saved by Hall, before Nick MacPherson pounced to drill in the loose ball from six yards.
Conway went close once again, but two minutes later James Timmins conceded a needless free kick on the left, and Swifts were behind again when defender John Guy evaded the attention of Matt Hanson and powered in an unstoppable header to make it 2-1. Stourport continued to press forward, and Jim Hanson blazed wide after being set up by Downing, while Billingham tested Hall again with a fierce drive from the edge of the box.
With 17 minutes left and Swifts looking most likely to level, MacPherson’s misplaced pass fell straight to Hanslow, whose slide rule through ball played in Dylan Garnett, who raced through to fie low past Richards and make it 3-1. Jamie Clarke was introduced as Swifts still threatened, and his clever turn and cross saw Matt Fulloway head narrowly wide. Billingham’s free kick shaved the crossbar, but Swifts could not set up a grandstand finish.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, Downing, Slevin, Jim Hanson, Billingham, MacPherson, Conway. SUBS USED: Platt, Danks, Jamie Clarke
Downing snatches late win for Swifts
Stourport Swifts 1 Racing Club Warwick 0 MPL Sat 21st Sept Att: 70
Stourport Swifts dominated for most of this match, but had to rely on a single 76th minute goal from Jack Downing to seal the three points.
Warwick failed to take the best chance of the first half in the 12th minute, when Jarrell Hylton raced clear, but failed to test Richards when Matt Fulloway’s last ditch tackle saved the day. John Pykett cut inside seven minutes later, but his tame shot was easily collected by Charlie Bannister in the Warwick goal. Jack Downing was then sent clear by Danks, but Bannister saved well with his feet as the striker tried to go past him.
Bannister then reacted quickly to tip over a deflected shot from John Pykett.
Swifts came out strongly after the break, and John Pykett saw his smart volley from 18 yards dip just over the bar, and ten minutes later Bannister saved with his feet from the same player and Mark Danks’s clever chip from the rebound came back off the bar. Defender Adam Miles then cleared Pykett’s goalbound header off the line with 63 minutes gone.
Downing then headed wide from a Danks free kick, and then with the match heading for a stalemate, he chased down what looked like a lost cause and forced full back Miles into a short backpass to the keeper, and pounced on the loose ball to drive through Bannister’s legs for the winner.
SWIFTS: Richards, Rankin, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, Pykett, Slevin, Binner, Billingham, Danks, Downing, SUBS USED; Platt, Lewis Clarke
Swifts edged out after fightback
Heather St John’s 1 Stourport Swifts 0 MPL Tues 17th Sept Att: 56
Swifts fell behind again to an early goal and even an outstanding second half performance which produced nine attempts on goal and nine corners could not produce the win they deserved.
With just nine minutes gone a hesitant Swifts defence let in leading scorer Malachi Farquarson for the simplest goal he is likely to score all season with a tap in from six yards.
Swifts slowly began to take charge, with Martin Slevin going close from a long range free kick, Nick MaPherson twice seeing his shots blocked and Matt Smith firing over the top. Dean Waldron was forced off just before the break with a knee injury, and the introduction of Lewis Platt gave Swifts an added threat down the left. Jamie Clarke blazed over the top from close range, and defender Brett Lloyd cleared off the line when MacPherson seemed certain to level the score.
Seven corners in ten minutes saw Matt Fulloway twice go close, Danks shot narrowly wide and Chris Conway was inches from connecting with Downing’s right wing cross, but the game turned messy when Jamie Clarke was brought down in the box by Craig Evans and referee Alex Harris spent fully five minutes sorting out the protests from irate Swifts players, with finally just Mark Danks seeing yellow. Richards produced an outstanding save from Kieron Clarke after the heat settled, but still Swifts came back with a flurry of chances where Downing and Conway both headed wide of the target.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Waldron, Matt Hanson, Downing, Slevin, Smith, MacPherson, Danks, Jamie Clarke. SUBS USED: Platt, Billingham, Conway
Swifts lift Cup
Stourport Swifts 7 Bewdley Town 0 Chris Reynolds Cup and John McDonald Trophy Fri 13th Sept Att: 103
Stourport Swifts won back the annual memorial cup for chairman Chris Reynolds and general manager John McDonald with a resounding win against last season’s winners Bewdley Town.
Swifts, still smarting from their poor display against league leaders Walsall Wood in midweek, and a run of three defeats in a row, surged back to form with a much improved performance and some well taken goals.
Jack Downing set up Joe Billingham to put Swifts in front after nine minutes, before further goals from Mark Danks, two from Downing and one from Chris Conway gave Swifts a 4-0 half time lead.
Bewdley responded well in the second half, and pressed Swifts back, with only some stout defending and two fine save from Richards preventing Dylan Hart, Ben Worthington and Dan Bayliss getting on the scoresheet.
In the 67th minute Lewis Platt somehow hit the post from Downing’s cross from the right when it seemed easier to score, but made amends ten minute later when he thumped home into the roof of the net following Slevin’s free kick, then Chris Conway added two more as Swifts ran out comfortable winners.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Waldron, Fulloway, Matt Hanson, Downing, Slevin, Matt Smith, Billingham, Danks, Conway.SUBS USED: Timmins, Jim Hanson, MacPherson, Platt, Ryan Smith
Swifts slump to another defeat
Walsall Wood 3 Stourport Swifts 0 MPL Tues 10th September Att: 84
Stourport Swifts suffered a sound beating at the hands of last season’s runners up in midweek, and were fortunate not to come away with an even heavier defeat.
Swifts new look strike force had barely stretched their legs before leading scorer Joey Butlin and full back John Haynes had given Wood a racing start within the first six minutes. Jack Downing, the returning Jamie Clarke and Nick MacPherson were spectators as the hesitant Swifts defence twice made a mess of clearing their lines, and the home side took full advantage to take control of the game from the kick off.
Swifts failed to muster any serious threat in the first half, and remained uneasy at the back without the influence of skipper Matt Fulloway, and were fortunate that Richards pulled off a fine save from the dangerous Garfield Robinson, and that Kris Taylor’s 20 yard free kick came back off the bar.
Despite some improvement in the second half in terms of resistance, Swifts still failed to trouble Reiss Wagstaff in the Walsall Wood goal, and after Chad Degville-Cross came inside past three defenders and shot narrowly wide, Richards again was forced into action to deny Butlin.
With 62 minutes gone Jake Evans somehow gained the freedom of the Swifts 6 yard box to thump in Taylor’s free kick from the right and end a miserable night for the Swifts.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Waldron, Timmins, Platt, Downing, Slevin, Lewis Clarke, Canavan, Jamie Clarke, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Danks, Billingham, Jim Hanson
Swifts out of FA Cup after replay loss
Boldmere St Michaels 4 Stourport Swifts 1 FA Cup Preliminary Round Mon 2nd September Att: 183
Stourport Swifts took an early lead in this FA Cup replay, but could not match the finishing of rampant Boldmere in this Preliminary Round replay.
After a 0-0 draw at the Walshes 9 days ago, and a 3-2 defeat on Saturday against Boldmere, Swifts finally got their noses in front with ten minutes gone when Drew Canavan picked out Nick MacPherson with a precision pass, and the striker lobbed coolly over Lewis Fenney in the Boldmere goal. Canavan then wasted a golden opportunity to extend the lead when fired over the top from close range, then Jim Hanson could not make a clean contact from two yards out and Boldmere scrambled clear. Just a minute later, Barry Healey, scorer of the winner on Saturday, cleared off the line following a Canavan corner.
Boldmere levelled when skipper Harry Craven was first to react after Swifts failed to clear Taylor’s free kick to drive low past Richards from 12 yards. Jim Hanson then shot tamely at Fenney after Canavan and Clarke combined well, then Craven showed how to take a chance when Clarke’s poor clearance fell invitingly for him, and he blasted an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 15 yards ten minutes before half time.
Swifts looked the set for an equaliser with their best spell of pressure after the break, with Hanson’s shot bravely blocked by Joe Lyng, and Slevin’s free kick just wide, but disaster struck with fifteen minutes to go when Richards could not hold Palmer’s free kick and Jack Skinner was on hand to tap in from six yards. Skinner then killed off any chance of a Swifts recovery with a superb header from Palmer’s free kick made it 4-1 with twelve minutes left.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Timmins, Matt Hanson, Jim Hanson, Slevin, Lewis Clarke, Platt, Canavan MacPherson. SUBS USED: Smith, Conway.
Swifts crash out of FA Vase in 1st round
Boldmere St Michaels 3 Stourport Swifts 2 Buildbase FA Vase Sat 31st Aug Att: 81
Stourport Swifts went out in Round 1 of the FA Vase for the second year running as their watertight defence sprang a leak.
Swifts were a goal down after just two minutes when the bounce on Boldmere’s artificial pitch, plus a swirling wind, deceived keeper Dom Richards and Owen Parry tapped into an empty net.
Stourport responded well, and ten minutes later Brad Lindsey flattened Lewis Platt in the box with a clumsy challenge, and Mark Danks drove low past Lewis Fenney to level the score. Swifts then enjoyed their best spell of the match, and after 25 minutes took the lead when Danks’ cross was only half blocked and Jamie Clarke pounced to drive past Fenney from 8 yards out.
Swifts looked good for a half time lead, but on the stroke of 45 minutes, Rikardo Reid was sent clear and somehow evaded the challenge from three defenders to slide past Richards and make it 2-2.
Matt Fulloway was inches from restoring the lead five minutes after the break from Slevin’s free kick, but Swifts were undone shortly after when Parry’s clever backheel released Barry Healey surging forward, and he blasted an unstoppable rising shot past Richards at the neat post. Richards produced an amazing point blank save from Reid before Clarke turned a low cross from Jim Hanson over the bar when he could have done better. Sub Cameron Peters then shot narrowly wide from another Hanson cross in the dying minutes, but Swifts could not find the cutting edge to force extra time.
Swifts are back at Boldmere on Monday night in the FA Cup replay, kick off 7.30pm
SWIFTS: Richards, Timmins, Fulloway, Matt Hanson, Jim Hanson, Slevin, Lewis Clarke, Danks, Platt, Jamie Clarke, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Tustin, Peters, Lees
Swifts draw another blank
Worcester City 0 Stourport Swifts 0 MPL Mon 26th August Att: 360
Swifts drew a blank for the second successive match, and have only themselves to blame after gilt edged chances went begging.
Worcester began brightly, and Richards had to react fast to keep out Liam Lockett’s effort at the near post, and Lewis Platt cleared off the line following a right wing corner, and Jim Hanson did the same after Richards palmed out another effort from Lockett. After 21 minutes Dimitri Brown blazed over from close range as Worcester threatened again , but Swifts best chance of the half fell to Jamie Clarke, who took an extra touch when through on goal, but fired over the top from six yards.
Two minutes into the second half Platt cut inside from the left past two defenders but shot wide when clean through on goal, then Fulloway’s header from Canavan’s corner was tipped onto the bar by keeper Ted Cann.
Mark Danks gave Swifts a cutting edge when introduced after 67 minutes, but twice shot wide, while Jim Hanson also went close after narrowly failing to connect with Danks’ cross.
Richards came to the rescue late on with an outstanding double save from first Tyrell Ruddock then Jordan Harrison.
SWIFTS: Richards, Waldron, Fulloway, Matt Hnason, Jim Hanson, Slevin, Billingham, Canavan, Platt, Clarke, Peters. SUBS USED: Danks, Lees.
Swifts live to play another day
Stourport Swifts 0 Boldmere St Michaels 0 FA Cup Preliminary Round Sat 24th August Att: 108
Stourport Swifts can consider themselves fortunate to be in the hat for the 2nd Preliminary Round draw after this forgettable match last Saturday.
Boldmere, sitting winless at the bottom of the MPL before the game, controlled most of the play in the sweltering heat as Swifts, without Slevin, Timmins, MacPherson and struggled to create or mount any real pressure.
In the first half Dean Waldron did well to head clear a cross from the dangerous Ty Knight on the left, and Rikardo Reid threatened with a dipping 2o yard free kick.
After the break Swifts at least managed to get up a head of steam, with Canavan testing keeper Lewis Fenney at the near post, and Jim Hanson twice crossing well for first Jamie Clarke and then Lewis Clarke forcing Fenney into action. A careless Joe Billingham pass let in Owen Parry after 50 minutes, but Richards saved well to his left.
The match looked over for the Swifts in the 61st minute when Waldron brought down Stephen Palmer in the box, but Reid drove his spot kick wide of Richards’ right hand post. Swifts responded with their best spell, and Jamie Clarke cut inside to shoot but his shot was well blocked by Craven. Chris Conway blazed over from close range after Fulloway’s header from Canavan’c corner, and Jim Hanson saw his angled drive shave the bar.
Elliott Lees also went close, but his downward header just lacked the pace to beat Fenney.
SWIFTS: Richards, Waldron, Fulloway, Matt Hanson, Jim Hanson, Lewis Clarke, Billingham, Canavan, Platt, Jamie Clarke, Conway. SUBS USED: Danks, Joe Hanson, Lees.
Swifts have to settle for a point
Coventry Sphinx 1 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Tues 20th August Att: 116
Stourport Swifts hit straight back after falling behind to another early goal, but despite being on top for most of the second half, had to be content with a point.
Their slow start was punished after Sphinx had twice threatened to take the lead, with Lewis Noone shooting narrowly wide, and Dominic Richards saving well from Lawrence Rawlings and Iyseden Christie, before defender Adam Bilic was on hand to lash in from six yards after Ryan Harkin’s shot came back off the bar.
The Swifts response was immediate, and in the 20th minute Cameron Peters scored his first goal for the club when he arrived at the far post to turn in past keeper Tom Cross following some great work from Jamie Clarke on the left. Jim Hanson was unlucky ten minutes later to see his long range effort fly narrowly wide with Cross stranded. Clarke then just failed to connect at the far post after Hanson had skipped past Tufan on the right.
Swifts were fortunate though when Sphinx striker Ryan Harkin hit the post on the stroke of half time.
In the second half Swifts pushed hard to get their noses in front, with Canavan twice going close, first seeing his shot blocked by a desperate tackle from Guest, then forcing a fine save from Cross after a clever pass from Clarke. Martin Slevin almost gave Swifts the lead after evading two challenges on the edge of the box, but his 20 yarder flashed over the top, then a Danks cross from the left was inches away from Jim Hanson on the far post.
Richards however came to the rescue in the dying minutes when he tipped Harkin’s low effort past the post.
SWIFTS: Richards, Timmins, Fulloway, Matt Hanson, Jim Hanson, Slevin Lewis Clarke, Canavan, Platt, Jamie Clarke, Peters
Swifts come back to win in style
Stourport Swifts 3 Coventry United 1 MPL Sat 17th August Att: 77
Stourport Swifts fell a goal behind early in the second half, but came back to turn the screw on visitors Coventry United and earn a well deserved win.
Swifts struggled to come to terms with a competitive Coventry side, in the first half, but two early chances fell to loan signing Cameron Peters from Bromsgrove Sporting, but he twice shot straight at keeper James Wardle.
In the space of four minutes United striker Jake Holt first blazed over on the turn after good work from Smith, then saw his fierce drive tipper around the post by Richards.
Richards then had to alert to turn over a goalbound header from skipper Matt Fulloway as he attempted to clear.
After 34 minutes Jamie Clarke looked to have put the Swifts in front after being set up by MacPherson, but his shot came back off the right hand post. Matt Gardner and Kyle Carey both tested Richards as Coventry finished the half strongly.
Manager Quentin Townsend introduced Lewis Platt at the break, but before Swifts could get into gear, Holt was sent clear by Aaron Williams, and he cooly slotted low past Richards after 52 minutes. A minute later Holt looked like he had increased the lead but Matt Fulloway cleared off the line in a scramble. Matt Hanson then replaced Birch and released Platt, becoming a constant threat on the left, who picked out Martin Slevin to level the score with a downward header from six yards. Swifts surged forwards in search of a winner, and Lewis Clarke, pushed back into midfield, gave his side a competitive edge missing in the first half. Jim Hanson skipped past fullback Melis Bushaj with ten minutes left, and drilled a low cross to the near post which Wardle could only parry, and Jamie Clarke was on hand to force in from a yard out to give Swifts the lead.
With four minutes left Cameron Peters broke into the box and was brought down by Bushaj, and Drew Canavan drilled low past Wardle from the spot to give Swifts a well earned three points.
SWIFTS: Richards, Timmins, Lewis Clarke, Fulloway, Jim Hanson, Slevin, Birch, Canavan, Jamie Carke, MacPherson, Peters. SUBS USED: Platt, Matt Hanson.
Swifts move into next round of FA Cup
Atherstone Town 1 Stourport Swifts 3 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Sat 10th Aug
Stourport Swifts had keeper Dom Richards to thank for a string of fine saves to carry them through to the Preliminary round of the FA Cup.
In a testing first half for the Swifts, Atherstone created the clearest opportunities, and Richards produced outstanding saves from Sam Belcher twice, Brady Middleton and Joe Obi. Richards then produced a fine double save from striker Middleton as Atherstone coped far better with the windy conditions. At the other end Swifts looked wasteful in front of goal, with Billingham blasting over following a Slevin corner, and Jim Hanson and Jamie Clarke both shooting tamely at Atherstone stopper Carl O’Neill. James Timmins then did well to block Naughton’s goalbound effort after a mistake by Fulloway.
Swifts were fastest out of the blocks in the second half, and Jamie Clarke was sent clear, rounded O’Neill, but somehow shot wide of an empty goal. Swifts then took the lead a minute later when after first seeing his shot blocked, Jamie Clarke crossed for Jim Hanson to head in at the far post.
Atherstone pressed hard after falling behind, with Middleton lobbing over the top when sent clear, and Nathan Haines just failed to connect with Thomson’s free kick at the far post. Swifts were looking more assured after taking the lead, and scored again in the 68th minute when Matt Fulloway forced in from close range following another Slevin corner from the right, and increased their lead again when MacPherson caught Catwright in possession, and put Clarke through, and though his goalbound shot was cleared off the line by Scott Goodby, Joe Billingham was on hand to drive in the rebound.
Middleton pulled one back for Atherstone in the last miunte when fired in from ten ten yard past Richards after Swifts twice failed to clear.
Swifts now meet Boldmere St Michaels at home on Saturday 24th August in the next round.
SWIFTS: Richards, Waldron, Fulloway, Timmins, Jim Hanson, Slevin, Lewis Clarke, Billingham, Platt, MacPherson, Jamie Clarke.
SUBS USED: Matt Hanson, Lees, Tustin
Missed chances cost Swifts
Sporting Khalsa 2 Stourport Swifts 1 MPL Tues 6th August
A host of missed chances in the first half of this match cost Stourport Swifts dearly as they went down 2-1 at Sporting Khalsa.
Once again they fell behind to an early goal after a sluggish start, when Dan Westwood pounced at the far post to force in with the Swifts defence napping.
Swifts gradually got to grips with the game, and it was a sign of things to come when Canavan put Jim Hanson through on goal but was given offside.
The Khalsa back line were extremely fortunate when first Platt and then Conway were also adjudged offside, and after 25minutes goalkeeper Sam Arnold somehow escaped with just a booking when came out of his box and floored Conway as he raced through on goal. Swifts had the last laugh however when Canavan fired the resulting free kick over the wall and past Arnold to level the score.
Dean Waldron saw a blistering 30 yard effort parried out by Arnold, and Conway just failed to finish the rebound as the keeper collected at the second attempt. In the 38th minute Billingham played in Conway again through the square Khalsa defence, but the striker fired narrowly wide with the goal at his mercy, and Arnold saved bravely at the feet of Platt when Swifts broke through again.
Khalsa were a different proposition after the break, and although Billingham blazed a good chance over the top after a cross by Hanson, Swifts were pushed back and looked vulnerable at set pieces. Dom Richards managed to tip a fine effort from Westwood onto the bar from close range, but after a corner from the left which Swifts twice failed to clear, Westwood put Khalsa back in front. Five minutes later Swifts escaped when Fulloway somehow blocked David Meese’s shot on the line when he looked certain to score. Meese was unlucky again when his effort came back off the post with Richards stranded.
Swifts introduced Danks and Crowe up front as they searched for an equaliser, and Canavan drove straight at Arnold from the edge of the box, and with minutes on the clock, Danks broke through on the right after a mazy run, but his driven cross somehow evaded Crowe, Canavan and Platt as it fizzed across the six yard box.
SWIFTS: Richards, Waldron, Fulloway, Timmins, Jim Hanson, Canavan, Slevin, Billingham, Platt, Conway, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Danks, Crowe, Lewis Clarke.
Swifts come from behind to seal first win
Stourport Swifts 3 Selston 2 MPL Sat 3rd August
Stourport Swifts were a goal down after just five minutes but battled back to take three points in their first league match of the season against newly promoted Selston.
A freak rebound left Selston striker Joe Butler in the clear and he made no mistake a dipping volley past Dom Richards from 18 yards.
Swifts hit back hard, and Jim Hanson saw his goalbound shot hit Selston keeper Alex Smith- Eccles' legs after a fine cross from Platt to the far post.
Drew Canavan’s 20 yard free kick left Eccles-Smith scrambling, but shaved the post on it’s way wide. Hanson then blazed high and wide from a good position after being set up by Clarke.
Swifts were level after 27 minutes when Lewis Platt crossed, and Jamie Clarke, making his first appearance for the Swifts, headed powerfully down and in at the far post. Just 7 minutes later Swifts went ahead for the first time when Matt Fulloway headed in off the post from Canavan’s pinpoint cross.
With Swifts in full control, Selston were awarded a bonus when Joe Billingham was judged to have handled in the box when the ball was driven straight at him from a yard away, but Henry Brooks took full advantage to drive low past Richards to make the scores level at the break.
In the second half Jamie Clarke twice went round the keeper after being sent clear by Macpherson, but saw his shots block on the line by first Renshaw then Ben Moore.
After 66 minutes, Lewis Platt was sent sprawling in the box and Canavan sent Eccles-Smith the wrong way to put the Swifts back in front.
Jamie Clarke skipped past two defenders on the left as Swifts looked to extend their lead late on, but Ieuan Crowe blazed over the top from close range.
SWIFTS: Richards, Waldron, Fulloway, Matt Hanson, Jim Hanson, Slevin, Canavan, Billingham, Platt, Jamie Clarke, MacPherson. SUBS USED: Timmins, Crowe, Lewis Clarke
Stourport Swifts 1 Droitwich Spa 2 Pre season friendly Tues 23rd July
Swifts fielded a much changed side in the first half as manager Quentin Townsend had a closer look at some of his new players and emerging youngsters from the Under 18’s,but apart from off target efforts from Billingham, Ieuan Crowe and Mark Danks, did not show the goal threat that was seen in the previous two matches.
The only goal of the first half came when Chris Hayden brought down Morris in the box and Connor Collins stepped up to blast past Richards from the spot.
The introduction of Slevin, Platt and Macpherson saw Swifts looking far more dangerous, and Macpherson turned inside with 11 minutes gone in the second half, and drove smartly past Matt Oliver in the Droitwich goal.
Swifts took control for the first time in an impressive spell after the equaliser, with Conway seeing his chip headed onto the bar, before Oliver saved well at his feet, and Jim Hanson raced clear but Oliver saved well with his legs when another goal looked likely.
With 14 minutes left Matt Fulloway brought down James lemon in the box with a clumsy challenge, and Collins again stepped up to score from the spot.
SWIFTS: Richards, Howard, Matt Hanson, Fulloway, Hayden, Clarke, Canavan, Billingham, Jim Hanson, Crowe, Danks. SUBS USED: Platt, Slevin, Conway, Macpherson, Lees, Charlie Howard, Waldron, Jarvis.
Stourport Swifts 0 Kidderminster Harriers 1 Tues 16th July Pre season friendly
A crowd of over 200 saw a competitive friendly as Swifts gave a good account of themselves against a strong Kidderminster Harriers side.
Harriers were the first to threaten when Richard Prasketwent clear after Matt Hanson miscued, but shot wide from a good position.
Drew Canavan twice went close for the Swifts with two free kicks within a couple of minutes, one curling just wide, and the other shaving the crossbar. After 25 minutes Martin Slevin was unlucky to see his fierce free kick from the edge of the box cannon back off the inside of Tom Palmer’s right hand post, and ten minutes before the break Nick MacPherson steered a clever flick from Slevin just wide.
In the second half Harriers saw a lot more possession, but Quentin Townsend’s new look back three were still held firm and Swifts 17 year old keeper Ryan Smith was rarely tested.
Chris Conway was put through by Canavan in the 65th minute, but Palmer saved with his legs, and Elliott Lees saw his dangerous cross cut out by Palmer.
The only goal of the game came in the 76th minute when a speculative shot from Taylor-Randle squirmed from Smith’s grasp and Darragh Lowth was on hand to score from close range.
SWIFTS: Smith, Waldron, Fulloway, Matt Hanson, Jim Hanson, Billingham, Slevin Canavan, Platt, MacPherson, Conway. SUBS USED: Timmins, Joe Hanson, Lees, Matt Smith, Hayden, Danks
Kidderminster Harriers U23’s 1 Stourport Swifts 6 Sat 13th July Pre season friendly
Swifts continued their pre season goal fest with a second 6-1 win in a week against Harriers’Under 23’s.
After falling behind to a goal in the 3rd minute, Swifts took control to rack up a 5-1 half time lead with goals from Chris Conway, Yi Crowe (2) , Matt Fulloway and Jim Hanson.
Despite making 4 changes at the break, Swifts continued to dominate, but the Harriers goal led a charmed life as Macpherson twice hit the woodwork, and Crowe somehow miscued from 2 yards out.
Drew Canavan drilled home a 56th minute penalty after being brought down in the box for the only goal of the second half.
Pershore Town 1 Stourport Swifts 6 Sat 6th July Pre season friendly
Stourport Swifts began their pre season matches with a convincing win over West Midlands League Pershore Town.
Manager Quentin Townsend introduced several new players as Swifts look to improve on last season, but after a scrappy start in which both teams struggled to settle, it was Swifts goal threat which caught the eye.
Nick MacPherson opened the scoring with a neat finish from ten yards out, but a sloppy tackle from Matt Hanson gifted Pershore an equaliser from the spot ten minutes later. R’mar Murray put Swifts back in front with a low drive from a narrow angle, and Chris Conway, looking sharp after his long spell of inactivity last season, made it three with a neat turn and finish.
In the second half MacPherson added his second, then Murray produced the goal of the match when he skipped past three players in a mazy run and fired a fierce drive high into the top corner, and Jim Hanson rounded off an impressive display with a left foot screamer with five minutes to go.