Glassboys too strong for Swifts

First published in Sport

Stourport Swifts 1, Stourbridge 4

A neat strike from triallist Andre Rodrigues was scant consolation for Stourport Swifts manager Rod Brown as he saw his side well beaten by the Glassboys.

A Ben Billingham strike was all that separated the sides at the break but it was one-way traffic in the second half as the Evo-Stik NPL side took control.

Sean Geddes could have handed the visitors the lead inside the opening five minutes but his 20-yard volley was well saved by Swifts keeper Brendon Bunn.

But Billingham fired home the opener ten minutes before half-time and he claimed a second six minutes into the second half when he diverted a Sam Rock shot past Bunn.

The pick of the goals came midway through the half. Geddes picked out Junior Smikle on the edge of the area and the former Kidderminster Harriers striker laid the ball off to Jordan Fitzpatrick who powered his shot home from distance.

Rodrigues had only been on the field four minutes when he reduced the arrears on 72 minutes, nipping in to steer a low right-wing cross beyond Glassboys keeper Dean Coleman.

But it was Stourbridge who finished the stronger with Geddes going close before George Washbourne completed the scoring with a confident finish a minute from time.

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