PHILLIPS SPARKS SWIFTS WIN
Stourport Swifts 3 Shepshed Dynamo 0 MPL Tues 21st February Att:77
Joe Phillips returned for his first start in four games to fire a goal in each half to give Swifts three precious points last night.
After a shaky start which could easily have seen them two goals down, Swifts opened the scoring when Jim Hanson saw his shot parried by Pearson in the Shepshed goal, and Phillips blasted home the rebound from a tight angle. Both sides hit the post when first Hanson rattled the upright with a long range drive, and then Jake Betts saw his powerful header come back off the left hand post from a left side corner.
Swifts lost skipper Joe Robinson with a knee injury after 25 minutes to be replaced by Ben Priest, but this didn't prevent them from creating near misses for Hanson and Francis-Mills.
Three minutes after the break Dan Sweeney was floored in the box by full back Liam Hurst, and stepped up to fire the penalty firmly into the top corner past Pearson.
Phillips scored the goal of the night after some good work from Hanson saw him evade Morrell's challenge on the left corner of the box and fire a fierce right foot drive just inside the post.
SWIFTS: Richards,Smith,Fulloway,Hurrell,Beaumont,Robinson,Perry, Hanson,Francis -Mills,Sweeney,Phillips.SUBS USED:Priest,Lloyd,Hudson
HOME MATCHES COMING UP:
Saturday 25th Feb v ROCESTER k.o. 3.00 pm
The 2nd leg of the Worcester Infirmary Cup semi final v. Malvern Town will be on Tuesday 28th March at Walshes Meadow. Swifts hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg.
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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