Swifts come back in style
Boldmere St. Michaels 2 Stourport Swifts 4 MPL Sat 23rd March Att: 135
Stourport Swifts were stunned by two goals in a minute at the start of the second half to fall behind against Boldmere, but hit back to win in style on Saturday.
A shaky start saw Swifts ride their luck as first Rikardo Reid was put clean through on goal to be denied by a last ditch challenge from Joe Hanson, then Owen Parry saw his 20 yard effort come back off the crossbar with Dom Richards stranded. Defender Joe Lyng headed wide and top scorer Reid again shot fractionally wide as Swifts struggled to get a grip, but took the lead on the stroke of half time when Canavan was brought down by a clumsy challenge from Lyng, and dusted himself down to fire low past keeper Lewis Fenney.
Swifts started strongly from the re start, and Martin Slevin shot just over the top from 20 yards, and Fenney produced a fine save from Lewis Clarke after a dangerous cross from Danks. But after 50 minutes Boldmere were level when Reid tapped in unchallenged at the far post, and before Swifts could catch their breath, winger Luke Shearer blasted Boldmere in front after being sent clear from a neat pass by Ryan Shaw.
Stourport responded brightly, with Danks a constant threat down the right, and he drew a fine fingertip save from a full stretch Fenney in the 57th minute, and Lewis Clarke scuffed his shot wide after another low cross from Danks. Nick MacPherson’s goalbound header was deflected wide by Harry Craven, but from the resulting corner from Slevin, MacPherson was first to react to steer a near post header past Fenney to put Swifts level with 65 minutes gone.
Manager Quentin Townsend introduced Under 18’s striker Elliott Lees with ten minutes left, and the youngster raced clear after being put through by Canavan, saw his shot parried by Feeney, but Joe Billingham followed up to slam the rebound in from 12 yards to put the Swifts back in front. R’mar Murray notched his first Swifts goal with three minutes to go when he drove home from ten yards out to seal a fine away win for the Swifts.
SWIFTS: Richards, Joe Hanson, Fulloway, Matt Hanson, Platt, Clarke, Slevin, Murray, Canavan, Danks, MacPherson.
SUBS USED: Billingham, Lees, Vine.
Swifts are away at Coventry Sphinx on Saturday, kick off 3.00 pm
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, Mark Wenham, Claire Beard, Mark Beard
Life Members: Ian Sword,Sylvia McDonald
Team Manager : Quentin Townsend
Assistant Manager: Mark Danks
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