Swifts go seven up



Stourport Swifts7


Date Time Competition Season
September 15, 2020 7:45 pm MFL Premier 2020-21

Midland Football League

Premier Division
Saturday 15th September 2020
Tividale 1-7 Stourport Swifts

Swifts go seven up

If it is at all possible, even after a result like this there are some plus points. First you appreciate it when you are on the other end. We remember beating Smethwick 11-0 a couple of seasons ago when like tonight everything just seemed to go in. We have a game on Saturday so no time to dwell on it and finally. Michal our videographer was ill for this game (not Covid related) and so it is not on video. So, every cloud has a silver lining.

On a serious note we give full credit to Stourport for taking their chances but on the whole, we were never 6 goals worse than Stourport, but we had two awful spells and then throw in a few terrible mistakes and there you go.

Our curse of central defenders continued with skipper Matt Hunt unavailable for this one, joining Dan Bryson and Freddie Watts. Manager Dave King had just Colum Nugent and an injured Jacob Barnes to call on. So started with a back four. Luke Carter came in for Matt Hunt as the only change from Saturday’s win at Market Drayton.

Tividale were two down after just 16 minutes. First a Mark Danks corner found an unmarked Aaron Brett at the far post and he did not have to move and just nodded the ball into the back of the net on 10 minutes. The second came after a Bailey Fuller run down the right wing beat the Tividale offside trap and his ball into the box was tapped home by an unmarked Jack Watts. A minute later and it could have been 3-0 as a Kirk Layton header was touched over the bar by Adam Harrison.

It was in the 20th minute that Tividale had their first goal threat but Ryan Grosvenor could only drag his shot wide. A minute later a Stourport cross-field ball found Harrison Yates, but his stinging drive was touched around the post by keeper Harrison.

Tividale again failed to find the breakthrough in the 24th minute when a Dan Smith shot was blocked and out for a corner by keeper Dominic Richards and from the resulting corner Grosvenor also had his shot blocked.  On 26 minutes Brad Welding then saw his free kick graze the side of the post.

On 32 minutes Watts who now was full of confidence tried to hook one over his shoulder but it cleared the bar. Then a couple of minutes later Fuller had all the time in the world to lay the ball back for Watts but Harrison saved his shot well with his legs.

Luke Carter who had now moved into a back three then released Elliott Hartley in the 38th minute with a lovely through ball, but Hartley was unable to hit the target with his shot and put it wide Richards’s far post. With Tividale finishing the game much stronger Smith sent an effort over the bar.

Half Time:- Tividale 0-2 Stourport Swifts  
If two goals in the first 16 minutes was bad enough. To then concede another 2 within 6 minutes of the restart and a minute apart just about killed the game as a contest. First Joe Hanson fired home from the edge of the box after Fuller had played him in. Then Watts scored his second when he raced clear of a sleepy Tividale defence and slid the ball past Harrison.
Once again after Tividale had cleared their heads they settled into the game but with a 4-goal deficit and committing men forward they were always likely to get caught on the break and on 74 minutes that is what happened. Welding is deceived by the flight of a Stourport ball pumped forward and his error lets in Watts to score his 3rd and Stourport’s 5th. 
Tividale actually got on the score sheet on 80 minutes when a corner won after a substitute Sean Rowley shot was blocked, was taken by fellow substitute Lewis McPike, it was then headed on by Rowley and Curtis Cocking headed home.
Stourport soon restored their 5-goal lead a on 82 minutes when Drew Caravan drilled home their 6th and James Timmins headed home a corner in the 84th minute to make it 7.
Tividale did have a couple of chances at the death to add to add to their score but first a Carter free kick flew wide and in injury time McPike put his shot wide after he was put through.
in the end it was a bad say at the office. But we go again. 
Full Time:- Tividale 0-2 Stourport Swifts 
Tividale:- Adam Harrison, 2.Tom Hurdman, 3. Brad Welding, 4. Jacob Barnes (12. Rawlins 61), 5. Colum Nugent, 6. Luke Carter, 7. Elliott Hartley, 8. Liam Wilkinson, 9. Dan Smith 16. Sean Rowley 80), 10. Ryan Grosvenor (14. Lewis McPike 61), 11. Curtis Cocking