Swifts romp to record FA Cup win

Hereford Pegasus 0 Stourport Swifts   Att:73   FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round 6th August 2022

Stourport Swifts overcame a decidedly shaky opening 45 minutes to blitz Hellenic Premier League side Pegasus and record their biggest ever FA Cup win.

Pegasus pressed hard early on, and Josh Bishop was forced into early action turning away a Cawley Cox shot in the 7th minute, then producung an outstanding save from Sam Pearson nine minutes later.

A short backpass from Ethan Hanson then gave Pearson a clear chance at goal, but his shot slid well wide. Swifts efforts were few and far between, with Drew Canavan firing narrowly over the bar from long range, and Aaron Birch tried to find Martin  when better placed for a shot on goal himself.  A Ben Jevons  header almost gave Swifts an unlikely lead, but his header was just over, before Bishop was in action again saving well from Pearson in the 40th minute, and again from Cox a minute before the break.

Ronan Sheehan was introduced at the break for the Swifts with an immediate impact, outpacing a flurry of defenders on the right before providing a pinpoint cross for Lee Chilton to convert from close range at the far post in the 49th minute and give his side the lead. Six minutes later Sheehan made it 2-0 when he cut inside from the  left and drove a 20 yard effort past Keeper Matt Gwynne. Chilton then shot wide when well placed as Pegasus struggled to cope with Swifts’ increase in tempo, then Sheehan produced a carbon copy of the first goal on the hour, crossing from the right again after racing past defender Ashley Lear, for Chilton to thump in at the far post.

Mike Burgess hit Bishop’s right hand post in a rare Pegasus attack before Romario Martin got in on the act when he turned smartly in the box to drive in off a defender to make it 4-0 with his first goal for the Swifts in the 70th minute. Martin made it five with his second goal eight minutes later when Chilton crossed from the left and Sheehan pulled back for him to blast home from ten yards.

With seven minutes to go Martin Slevin found Chilton with a raking crossfield pass, and he raced clear to calmly complete a clinical hat trick and make it 6-0.

Swifts will face Racing Club Warwick, who beat Bewdley Town 2-1, at home in the next round on Saturday 20th August.

SWIFTS: Bishop, Binner, Jevons, Ethan Hanson, Jackson, Canavan, Slevin, Gater, Birch, Martin, Chilton. SUBS USED: Sheehan, Jim Hanson, Sinclair