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.
Swifts are at home on Thursday night to Rugby Town, kick off 7.45pm.
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 are at home on Tuesday to bottom of the table Rocester, and face Rugby Town at home on Thursday night. Both games kick off at 7.45pm
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.
BACK ROW (left to right) Jack Pearlman,Jack Bailey,Joe Phillips,Matt Fulloway,Rion Francis-Mills,Joe Colley,Jim Hanson,Callum Grant,Paul Hurrell,Ben Priest,Dan Sweeney,
FRONT ROW (left to right) Alex Perry,Sam Beasley,Reece Wager,Alex Smith,Harry Beaumont
Swifts fans Martin Shannon and Keith Roberts with the Worcester Infirmary Cup. The Cup is the one on the right!
STOURPORT SWIFTS - Club Officials
President : VACANT
Chairman: Pip Hanson 07966 644762
Treasurer: Pip Hanson
Commercial Manager: Nigel Wager 07912 890997
Committee Members: Ian Sword, Margaret Sword, Laura McDonald, Brian Hewitt, Tony Lavery, Stuart Adey, Paul Reynolds,
Life Members: Ian Sword,Sylvia McDonald
Team Manager : Mark Phillips
Assistant Manager: John Dowdeswell