Swifts hit with bad news on Downing
Stourport Swifts suffered a blow to their plans after hearing that top scorer Jack Downing 18, has been recalled by his parent club AFC Telford United, and his loan will not be renewed. Telford are pushing for promotion from National League North, and currently sit in 4th place in the table.
Manager Quentin Townsend was disappointed to hear the news, and said . “We always knew Jack ‘s loan would be temporary, and he has come on leaps and bounds this season. He is a hot prospect, as his 11 goals in 23 games so far for us shows. He has become a serious threat to defenders, and I am not surprised that Telford have decided not to extend the loan period. We wish him well for the future.” Townsend has turned his attention to seeking out a suitable replacement for the last twelve game of the season.
Red card sinks Swifts
Stourport Swifts 0 Romulus 2 Sat 12th January MPL Att: 93
A red card and a penalty against Swifts full back Joe Hanson turned this game to give relegation threatened Romulus three points and a lifeline.
In a match that offered little in the way of entertainment, Swifts came out second best in a physical duel as Romulus battled for every ball and eventually had room to spare when Max Loveridge was put through with ten minutes left to fire past Richards and secure a hard fought win.
Chris Conway fired into the side netting early on after being put through by Martin Slevin, and Lewis Platt saw his dangerous cross deflected wide. Romulus' best chance in the first half fell to Dimitri Dunkley, who shot wide when clean through against Richards. Swifts best chance came when Matt Fulloway’s firm downward header shaved a post from Slevin’s free kick.
The second half saw the visitors still posing a threat, and Richards tipped over a fierce 30 yard free kick from Harry Harris.
Joe Hanson saw red when he was judged to have impeded Dunkley in the box to give away a 66th minute penalty, which Dunkley drove hard past Richards left hand.
Minutes later Dunkley’s 20 yard effort came back off the post, and with 12 minutes left Chad Degville put through Max Loveridge who cooly slotted past Richards to give Romulus a 2-0 win and three welcome points.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Matt Hanson, Platt, Slevin, Clarke, Layton, Danks, MacPherson, Conway. SUBS USED: Smith, Devlin, Billingham
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