Swifts braced for Harriers visit

First published in Sport

STOURPORT Swifts are awaiting their first big test of pre-season next Tuesday, when they welcome a strong Kidderminster Harriers squad to Walshes Meadow (7.45pm KO).

The visit of Swifts’ illustrious neighbours kicks-off an intense period of four testing friendly games as manager Rod Brown’s preparations for the Midlands Premier step up.

Stourbridge will come two days later (7.45pm KO), before Evo-Stik Division One South champions Halesowen Town visit Swifts on Saturday, July 26 (3pm KO).

Wyre Forest rivals Bewdley Town round off a hectic period on Tuesday, July 29, before the season commences on August 2.

But a chance to play Conference Premier pacesetters Harriers is the biggest game of Stourport’s summer.

It’s also a chance for Michael Briscoe, Michael McGrath and Paul Hurrell to come up against their former club.

Manager Rod Brown said: “We’re all looking forward to this game and I think Harriers are too. They are a very good side and I think they will enjoy playing on our pitch, which is looking in good shape.

“Gary Whild has said he’s bringing a strong squad and I know they haven’t got many trialists at all this summer.

“We’ve got four very good games in a short space of time and it will give us a chance to really work on fitness and shape.”

Swifts played a Worcester City academy side on Monday in a hastily rearranged friendly clash. Stourport had originally been set to play Worcester City’s first team squad last night but the Conference North side had to cancel because of a fixture clash with Stratford.

Stourport tried to set up a game against Southam which did not come off.

Against City’s youngsters, John Griffin and Alex Cowley bagged goals, as did a Portuguese player on trial.

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