Stourport Swifts (A) 18/19
Stourport Swifts FC v Coventry United FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 24thNovember 2018
Venue: Walshes Meadow
Well hello one and all. After that pulsating 2-2 draw with Dunkirk last week, United today get back on the road for another long away day trip to take on Stourport swifts in a MFLP encounter.
There are no easy games in this league and this is sure to be another tough game for United as they look to climb their way up the league table. The Swifts currently sit in 14thposition, 3 places and 4pts behind United.
United manager Terry Anderson will be hoping to take a strong squad with him in his quest to bring home all 3pts though the long term injured Kevin Thornton is likely to remain on the sidelines.
The referee gets the game under way and the game starts with a good tempo that sees both teams looking to make an early impression. Both teams create a few early half chances but are dealt with comfortably by both defences in the opening minutes.
The first real chance comes in the 9thminute and it falls to United’s Shaquille McDonald. Good link up play between Curvin Ellis and McDonald sees McDonald put through on goal with a great Ellis pass but sadly McDonald drags his shot just wide of the target. They press forward again in the 10thminute with Kyle Carey as his shot goes straight to the swifts keeper Dominic Richards for an easy gather.
Then soon after against the run of play disaster strikes for United when the Swifts No7 Martin Slevin pounces on a weak Ben Vallance pass and proceeds to jink his way into the area before sending a powerful drive past the United keeper Bradley Casswell for the opening goal of the game in the 17thminute.
SWIFTS 1 UNITED 0
That was a great solo effort by Martin Slevin that has put United on the back foot after all their early possession. United try to respond and break with pace in the 20thminute that sees both Curvin Ellis and Shaquille McDonald have shots respectively saved and put over the bar. United continue to press as they look to get back on level terms. They break forward again in the 23rdminute with Curvin Ellis who then tees up Shaquille McDonald with a great pass but sadly again McDonald drags his shot wide of the target. The best United chance so far comes in the 25thminute when from a throw in Kyle Carey dribbles into a great position to score but somehow sends the ball up high over the bar when it looked easier to score.
Straight away the Swifts race up the other end with a break of their own and the No10 does well as he brings out a great save from United’s keeper Bradley Casswell that goes out for a corner in the 26thminute. The resulting corner then saw the No4 Declyn Cumming blaze his shot over the bar from just outside the area.
United finish the half strongly as another good chance comes their way in the 36thminute when the busy Kyle Carey does well before seeing his shot well saved by the Swifts keeper Dominic Richards. Just before the referee blew up for half time, he deemed a tackle from United’s Gift Mussa worthy of the game’s first yellow card in the 44thminute.
SWIFTS 1 UNITED 0
The second half gets underway with neither side making any changes during the break. United start the half with the same intensity they showed in the first half as they look to get back into the game. They break with pace in the 49thminute when Shaquille McDonald was put through but his shot was easily saved by the Swifts keeper Dominic Richards.
The Swifts though are soon looking to temper down United’s fire and start to impress their own intent on United. They press forward with purpose in the 56thminute with the impressive looking No11 Jack Downing doing well before setting up the No8 Mark Danks with a great chance to score but somehow he sends his effort over the bar when it looked a certainty to bulge the back of the net.
The first change of the afternoon comes in the 60thminute when United take off Arum Soleman and send on Luke Jones. The second booking of the day goes to United’s Ben Vallance in the 63rdminute for a foul on the No11 Jack Downing who was giving Vallance plenty to think about down the flanks with his direct style of play wide on the right.
United finally get themselves back on level terms in the 64thminute when a big kick up field by the keeper Bradley Casswell picks out Shaquille McDonald who negotiated the bounce lovely before racing into the area and sending a powerful low drive past the keeper Richards for a great finish.
SWIFTS 1 UNITED 1
Not a usual method for a United goal but very effective all the same. Can United now kick on and go get another goal. Another booking for United comes in the 69thminute when Jamal Clarke gets a yellow card for his challenge on the No9 Nick Macpherson. The resulting free kick is taken by the No10 Drew Canavan in a dangerous position. He strikes the ball really well as the ball crashes off the cross bar and the rebound is headed into the back of the net by the No8 Mark Danks to regain the lead for the Swifts.
SWIFTS 2 UNITED 1
Oh dear, what a kick in the teeth that goal is. No sooner have United got themselves back on level times, they soon after find themselves back behind with it all to do again and the clock running down.
The game for a few minutes gets a little scrappy and a couple of bookings are made when the Swifts No9 Nick Macpherson is booked for a tackle in the 76thminute and then in the 79thminute United’s Jake Holt also goes into the book for a deliberate push.
A run of changes take place for both teams when the Swifts take off the No10 Drew Canavan and send on the No12 Jim Hanson and United take off Jake Holt and send on Joseph Cairns in the 79thminute. Then a few minutes later the Swifts complete their changes when they take off the No9 Nick Macpherson and send on the No17 Chris Conway in the 81stminute.
With the game now into the last 10 minutes, it’s the Swifts who are finishing the game the strongest as united are now looking like they have run out of ideas as the Swifts continue to carve out chances in the closing stages. A free kick in the 83rdminute taken by the No8 Mark Danks sees the No7 Martin Slevin shoot just over the bar.
United make their final change in the 84thminute when they take off Shay Nicholson and send on Michael Wright. In the 87thminute the Swifts break again with pace down the right with the No11 Jack Downing cutting in before shooting and bringing out a great save from the keeper Bradley Casswell. In the last few minutes the Swifts see their last chance from the No8 Mark Danks go just over the bar before soon after hearing the referee blow up for full time and United slip to another defeat.
SWIFTS 2 UNITED 1
In summing up this game I would have to say ANOTHER GAME OF MISSED CHANCES COST UNITED. United started the game positively and to be fair could and should have been 3-0 up inside the first 15 minutes. They moved the ball forward with purpose and created some good chances but failed to convert them. Then against the run of play the Swifts go into the lead with their first meaningful attack. United went into the break 1-0 down and started the second half in pretty much the same vein as the first and finally got themselves back into the game with a well taken equaliser. They couldn’t stay level for long as the swifts scored the all important second goal soon after and that turned out to be enough to claim the 3pts as it was the Swifts who looked the more likely to score again in the closing stages.
Players worthy of a mention today would have to be the Swifts No11 Jack Downing. Downing had plenty of pace and skill in abundance and gave United’s Ben Vallance plenty to think about throughout this game. He always looked to get his team moving forward with his direct running. They had a couple of other players too (namely Danks and Slevin) that put United to the sword with their performances.
For United Bradley Casswell did well to keep his team in the hunt with a couple of great saves. Jamal Clarke and Kyle Barnett once again stood up strong in the centre of the defence. Curvin Ellis also did ok winning some good headers and linking up with his strike partner a number of times throughout the game but for me the man of the match goes again to Kyle Carey. Kyle always looked sharp and willing to attack at every opportunity so well played Kyle Carey.
Match stats United Swifts
On target (5) (6)
Off target (9) (8)
Corners (3) (10)
Free kicks (19) (14)
Yellow cards (4) (1)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (1) (3)