Stourport Swifts (H) 18/19


Coventry United FC v Stourport Swifts FC

Midland Football League Premier Division


Date:                      Saturday 20thApril 2019

KO:                         3.00pm

Venue:                   Communications Park  (Daventry Town)

Attendance:          106


Hello one and all. Well the season is drawing to an end and United start a run of three final home games to finish their campaign off. Though due to circumstances beyond our control, United will have to play their next two games at the home of Daventry Town FC and welcome our visitors Stourport swifts to Communications Park to contest this league encounter.

Both teams have had similar campaigns this season with only a couple of points and three places separating them both. With the weather looking like being gorgeous and with neither team really having too much to play for, this should enable both teams to just go for it and hopefully put on a great show in the sun.

The referee gets the game underway and both sides start the game tentatively. No early chances are created during the opening minutes from the few set pieces that do come their way but it’s clear that this is looking like being a pretty open game of football.

The first booking of the game comes in the 21stminute after the Swifts No4 Kirk Layton is shown a yellow card for his double foul on United’s Gift Mussa and the resulting free kick being easily dealt with by the Swifts.

Disaster almost strikes for United though in the 23rdminute when the keeper Brendan Bunn fluffs his kick out and the Swifts No8 Mark Danks pounces on the loose ball. Danks proceeds to fire in a firm low drive that’s looks goal bound but thankfully United’s Lewis Ison was on hand to clear the ball of the line to prevent the Swifts taking the lead.

Clear cut chances are still remaining a little elusive but you can’t fault the endeavour of both sides as they try to find that breakthrough. Another booking is issued in the 34thminute and it goes to the Swifts No6 Matt Fulloway for I think was persistent fouling.

As the first half is moving into the last 5 minutes, the Swifts win a corner that United’s Lewis Ison didn’t quite agree with and earns himself a yellow card for protestations in the 40thminute. The resulting corner was taken by the No7 Martin Slevin and his good delivery is met by the No6 Matt Fulloway and his downward header is cleared off the line by Ben Vallance in the 41stminute.

United finish the half strongly and win a corner in the 43rdminute that’s taken by Tyler Haddow and Dominik Alleyne heads his cross just wide of the target. Then in added first half time United’s Gift Mussa picks up the ball in midfield and proceeds to run forward well with the ball fending off a couple of Swifts challenges before squaring the ball across to the lurking Tyler Haddow and he makes no mistake has he fires the ball in for the opening goal in the 45+1 minute.


Gift Mussa did really well to earn that assist and to be fair was possibly just against the run of play but United will definitely take that as the referee soon after blows up for half time.

Half time


Second Half

The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. The Swifts waste no time in getting at United and force a corner that’s taken by the No10 Drew Canavan in the 50thminute. His cross comes in and it’s the No6 Matt Fulloway who rises the highest as he powers in a neat header for the equaliser.


Well it’s now game on again with very few chances being created in this game so far. They have pretty much been cancelling each other out in an especially very competitive midfield. United decide to make a change in the 65thminute when they take off Dominik Alleyne and send on Harrison Sawyer. Then 5 minutes later in the 70thminute the Swifts make a change of their own when they take off the No8 Mark Danks and send on the No12 Rmar Murray.

Chances are still at a premium at the minute and it’s a long range effort from the Swifts No4 Kirk Layton in the 71stminute that tests that the keeper Brendan Bunn is keeping his concentration levels up as he gathers the ball with consummate ease.

The next few minutes see’s both teams make further changes with United taking off Kyle Carey and sending on Luke Jones in the 75thminute and then the Swifts taking off the No4 Kirk Layton and sending on the No14 Joe Billingham in the 78thminute.

The game is now into the last 10 minutes and when United’s keeper Brendan Bunn sends a big punt up field, Tyler Haddow out jumps the Swifts keeper Dominic Richards and proceeds to dink the ball over his head and the ball drops into the empty net to regain United the lead again in the 82ndminute.


Well that was definitely a classic route one approach for that goal. The question is now though is can United hold on to the lead this time. United are finishing the game strongly and another chance soon follows in the 85thminute after some good work by Jamal Clarke before he puts in that man Tyler Haddow who looks certain to claim his hat trick but his shot is cleared off the line to deny him of that.

The game is now into added time and United’s Harrison Sawyer is booked for a very tame tackle in my opinion in the 90+1 minute.

With the game now on 90+3 minutes, it’s United who are looking for more goals and when they break with Tyler Haddow he races clear of his markers and coolly slots the ball past the on rushing Swifts keeper Richards to claim a very well deserved hat trick and seal the points for his team.


That was a great assured solo finish from Haddow and crowns off a fantastic performance from him. Soon after he is withdrawn and the young Joseph Anthony comes on to make his debut in the 90+4 minutes but without him being able to touch the ball the referee blows up for full time and United have the points.

Full Time


In summing up this game I would have to say and not for the first time this season, YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR CHANCES WHEN THEY COME. Well today that’s what United did. This game was not blessed with lots of clear cut chances as both teams for most parts cancelled each other out and especially in the midfield area.

The swifts had a couple of good chances cleared off the line and United could only manage a couple of half chances until into first half added time when they sneaked into the lead slightly against the run of play in my opinion.

The second half played out in pretty much the same fashion but this half saw United claim the lion’s share of chances and possession before scoring another two late Tyler Haddow goals to seal the victory.

Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Swifts Kirk Layton. This lad showed plenty of guile and determination to be a constant thorn in United’s side throughout.

For United this wasn’t a classic performance by any means but sometimes you just have to buckle down and get the job done and that’s exactly what they did. The whole defence looked strong and assured and restricted the Swifts to very few meaningful chances and when they did get through there was always somebody on the line to clear the danger. Gift Mussa once again had to put in a shift amongst a tough Swifts midfield that gave United nothing. For me though there could only be one person in contention for today’s man of the match award and is Tyler Haddow. Tyler today added to his player of the month award before this game with another dynamic performance that resulted in a hard crafted hat trick that showed a lot about what Tyler Haddow is all about. His desire to win the ball even when he’s not favourite to win it was fully on show today and thoroughly deserved his rewards today so very well played Tyler Haddow.


Match Stats                United     Swifts

On target                        (4)             (4)

Off target                        (6)             (5)

Corners                           (6)              (7)

Free kicks                       (14)            (14)

Yellow cards                 (2)              (2)

Red cards                       (0)              (0)

Offside                            (4)             (3)