Swifts edged out in last seconds
Stourport Swifts 1 Stourbridge 2 Att:168
Stourport Swifts went down to a last gasp Josh Green winner after clawing their way back in this entertaining pre season friendly.
After falling behind to a 10th minute goal from Brandon Hague in an energetic start from from Stourbridge, Swifts contained their Evo Stik League opponents to create the best chances of the second half.
Aaron Lloyd twice shot wide from good positions, and Swifts keeper Tom Palmer produced two outstanding saves from Hague and Jordan Archer.
Skipper Sam Beasley cleared off the line from Paul McCone’s header, before Palmer again saved well from Hague’s low shot. Swifts got back on terms with 6 minutes remaining when Alex Perry managed to get his cross in under some heavy pressure, for MacPherson to squeeze his shot under Joe Collingridge.
The game looked to be finishing in a draw until the last seconds, when full back Green arrived to blast past Palmer from close range.
SWIFTS: Palmer, Smith, Hurrell, Fulloway, Caines, Sweeney, Beasley, Priest, Maund, Lloyd, Perry SUBS USED: Hudson, Colley, Parsons-Smith, MacPherson.
Swifts are at home to Bewdley Town on Tuesday night, kick off 7.30 pm
The two teams will be playing for the innaugural John Macdonald Trophy. If the match is level at 90 minutes, it will go straight to a penalty shoot out to decide the winners.
Swifts notch friendly win
Stourport Swifts 2 Droitwich Spa 1 Att: 57
Stourport Swifts won their second warm up match after their eight goal mauling by Kidderminster Harriers last Saturday.
New signing Joel Caines put the Swifts ahead after nine minutes with a cool finish as he raced clear of the Droitwich defence.
The first half saw the best of the football from both sides, with Swifts keeping possession for long spells and Beasley and Sweeney both going close, and Droitwich defended well under some heavy pressure.
Nick MacPherson made it 2-0 after 58 minutes when he turned smartly to fire home after Bailey’s corner from the left, but Droitwich came straight back when James Lemon converted following a neat move down the right. Sweeney, Beasley and Bailey all squandered good chances to make the game comfortable.
Swifts are at home to Stourbridge on Saturday in their third warm up game, kick off 3.00pm
Swifts take a lesson in first match
Stourport Swifts 0 Kidderminster Harriers 8 Attendance : 218
from Harriers Matty Paddock
HARRIERS were comfortable pre-season winners at Stourport Swifts as Joe Ironside’s four goals helped the team cruise to a 8-0 victory.
The front man looked in fine form and it was he who set the scoring going for the day with a ninth minute strike.Ryan Croasdale doubled the lead just after the break before Ironside started firing again with a further three – Sam Austin also chipping in with a fine finish of his own to make it five before Andre Brown and Liam Truslove completed the rout.
Harriers controlled the game from the off and were almost ahead after a couple of minutes when Tyrone Williams crossed for Ironside who saw an effort well blocked.
The striker wouldn’t be denied for long, however, and with just nine minutes gone he nodded his team in front – a lead that Andre Brown almost doubled when he tried to lift a shot over the goalkeeper moments later.
In fact, Brown should have bagged a couple in the first half – around the half hour he made a pair of intelligent runs into the area being played through by Truslove and McQuilkin, denied on each occasion as the goalkeeper dealt with low shots.
How the shot stopper, Callum Grant, quite managed to keep out Brown’s close-range effort eight minutes before the break is anyone’s guess but after Ironside crossed low and Brown finished, he appeared from nowhere to keep the score at one.
Harriers added more goals quickly after the restart – Croasdale set up by Ironside before slotting a low finish from distance into the bottom corner; Ironside then nabbing his second as he picked the bones of chances from Brown and Sonupe to fire in from close range.
Ironside’s hat-trick arrived before the hour mark – quick thinking from Webb and Sonupe saw the former Nuneaton man on the spot to again find the net.
On 67 minutes Austin got in on the act – set free as he raced into the area, he saw his initial shot well blocked but kept his composure enough to gather himself and fire a second stab into the top corner.
The goals didn’t seem to stop coming – Liam Truslove’s powerful low drive saw him find the net in giving the goalkeeper no chance, Ironside then finishing the day as he started it with the eighth goal of the afternoon, another fizzed shot driving across the face of goal and into the bottom corner.
Substitute Ben Maund had Swifts best chance in the second half, but his shot was well blocked by the keeper.
Swifts get tough draw in FA Cup
Stourport Swifts have been drawn away to Sporting Khalsa in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup in their first match of the season on 6th August.
Khalsa finished third in the MPL last season
Premier League welcomes new faces
The Midland Premier League will have a fresh look for the new season, with a total of five new faces making up the 22 members for the 2017-2018 season.
Promoted from Division One of the Midland League are Bromsgrove Sporting, who romped to the title without losing a match, and scored 132 goals in the process.
From the East Midlands Counties League, South Normanton Athletic are the promoted team, who finished runners up to West Bridgford in their League, some eight points behind. They had the meanest defence in the division, with only 46 goals conceded.
Haughmond F.C. were promoted as champions from the West Midlands Regional League.
Rugby Town come down from the Evo Stik South League, where they were replaced by MPL Champions Alvechurch.
Our illustrious neighbours Worcester City complete the list of new teams in the MPL, having elected to drop 3 step levels instead of the one dictated by their eventual relegation from the National League North. We look forward to some memorable matches this coming season.
Full list of teams for 2017-2018:
AFC Wulfrunians, Boldmere St Michaels, Bromsgrove Sporting, Coleshill Town, Coventry Sphinx, Coventry United, Haughmond, Heanor Town, Highgate United, Long Eaton United, Loughborough University, Lye Town, Quorn, Rocester, Rugby Town, Shawbury United, Shepshed Dynamo, South Normanton Athletic, Sporting Khalsa, Stourport Swifts, Westfields, Worcester City.
Swifts announce pre season friendlies:
Saturday 15th July – Kidderminster Harriers (H) Kick off 3.00pm
Wednesday 19th July - Droitwich Town (H) Kick off 7.45pm
Saturday 22nd July – Stourbridge (H) Kick off 3.00pm
Tuesday 25th July – Bewdley Town (H) Kick off 7.45pm
Saturday 29th July - Evesham United (H) Kick off 3.00pm
Swifts win Worcester Infirmary Cup
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
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,Sylvia McDonald
1st Team Manager : Mark Phillips
Assistant Manager: John Dowdeswell
Sunday Team Manager: Ian Johnson