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SWIFTS MISS CHANCE To MOVE UP
Stourport Swifts 2 Long Eaton Utd 2 MPL Sat 14 th January Att:: 76
Stourport Swifts let slip a two goal lead to allow Long Eaton back into this match and miss out on the chance to move up the table another place closer to safety.
Aaron Lloyd headed Swifts into the lead after 21 minutes, and they went further ahead when United keeper Chris Dodsley could only parry Rion Francis-Mills' left side corner into his own net.
Swifts looked to be heading for a 2-0 half time lead but Paul Hurrell got caught in possession in his own box and Danny Brain nipped in to slide past Richards and make it 2-1.
Stourport lost Alex Perry at the break due to a foot injury, and also their momentum.Long Eaton were back on terms just eleven minutes into the second half when Romain Graham swept home Andy Todd's cross.
Lloyd, Francis-Mills and Andy Hudson all wasted clear chances to put Swifts back in front, but they had to settle for a point.
SWIFTS: Richards,Hurrell,Fulloway,Beasley,Wager,Francis-Mills,Perry,Hanson,Robinson,Hudson.Subs Used: Priest,
SWIFTS EDGE THROUGH IN PENALTY SHOOTOUT
Stourport Swifts 2 Pegasus Juniors 2 (Swifts win 4-3 on pens) Worcester Infirmary Cup Tues 10th Jan Att: 41
Stourport Swifts just squeezed into the semi final of the Worcester Infirmary Cup after a dramatic penalty shootout against West Midlands League Pegasus.
Manager Mark Phillips made several changes to give members of his squad some game time, and it started well when Andy Hudson fired home from close range after 22 minutes.
Pegasus had other ideas, and raced ahead with two goals from Tom Boyle before half time after two def.ensive blunders gifted him clear chances he finished neatly. After the interval, Swifts bounced straight back with just four minutes gone when Rion Francis-Mills, in his first start for the Swifts, was put clear by Alex Perry and shot cooly past Bryn Watkins in the Pegasus goal.
Perry and Francis-Mills both squandered good
chances to win it for Stourport, while Boyle missed his hat trick chance when he shot tamely wide for Pegasus.
The match went to a penalty shootout after 90 minutes deadlock, and Swifts keeper Dominic Richards proved the hero, with two fine saves after Aaron Lloyd blasted the first spot kick over the bar. Joe Robinson,Matt Fulloway and Matt Pinder scored confident kicks before Jim Hanson stepped up and calmly put the Swifts in the semi final with the last penalty.
SWIFTS: Richards,Smith,Fulloway,Hurrell,Wager,Hill,Priest,Hanson,Perry,Hudson,Francis-Mills SUBS USED: Lloyd,Robinson,Pinder
Swifts will play Malvern Town in a two leg semi final, dates to be announced
HARRIERS AND SWIFTS ANNOUNCE LINK UP
Kidderminster Harriers and Stourport Swifts are working closely together during the course of the season to help continue player development and strengthen links between the two clubs.
A number of Harriers young players are due to spend time with the Swifts during the coming months to gain first team match experience with the Midland Premier League side. Dan Sweeney and George Taylor have both completed 1 month loans at Walshes Meadow, and Ben Clarke recently made his first appearance for the Swifts.
Harriers chairman Colin Gordon commented: "With no Reserve side, we have been looking for some time to find a means of giving some of our most promising players experience in a competitive environment. Some of our young, contracted players, as well as players making real progress with our Academy, will really benefit from this, and it's great for us to know that they are being taken care of at Stourport, where the set up is really good"
Swifts chairman Pip Hanson added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Stourport Swifts to increase the strength of our first team squad, and for the Harriers to give some of their promising youngsters some first team action in a competitive league"
SWIFTS ANNOUNCE NEW CHAIRMAN
Stourport Swifts elected Pip Hanson as their new Chairman at the Annual General Meeting on Friday 9th September.
Hanson was unanimously voted in on the night to replace Chris Reynolds, who sadly passed away in July. Chris's eldest son Paul, was also voted on to the Committee, along with Stuart Adey.
Hanson, 53, is married with 4 boys, and lives in West Hagley. He is Managing Director of PSI Marketing in Stourbridge.
Pip was one of the four newcomers to the Swifts committee a year ago, and hopes to continue the Club's progress over the next few years. He will continue also in his position as Treasurer.
"We have a young and talented squad, and are looking to improve further on the field, and increase our income off it" said Hanson.
Pip's two eldest sons, Jim and Matt, have both played for the Swifts over the past year, with third eldest Joe, now 18 and looking to stake a claim.
STOURPORT SWIFTS - Club Officials
Chairman: Pip Hanson
Secretary: Graham Haighway
Commercial Manager: Nigel Wager
Committee Members: Ian Sword, Margaret Sword, Laura McDonald, Brian Hewitt, Tony Lavery, Stuart Adey,Paul Reynolds, Ian Johnson
Life Members: Ian Sword
1st Team Manager : Mark Phillips
Assistant Manager: John Dowdeswell
Sunday Team Manager: Ian Johnson