Brown issues FA Cup warning

First published in Sport

MANAGER Rod Brown has warned Stourport Swifts they face a tough test against Lye Town in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup on Saturday (3pm ko).

The newly-promoted Black Country outfit come to Walshes Meadow after a tough start in the Midlands Football League Premier with two defeats and one win.

Swifts are expecting midfielder Calvin Dinsley back for the clash, who missed Tuesday night’s win over Rocester with an eye injury.

Up for grabs is £1,500 prize money and an away trip to either Ellesmere Rangers or Wellingborough in the next round.

Brown said: “It’s going to be a very tough game, Lye won the West Midlands Premier last season and have some good players.

“But we want to progress in the cup and we’re confident after a good start in the league.”

After their first four games, Stourport are third in the table with three wins and one loss. They tasted their first defeat of the season on Saturday when they went down 2-1 to Kirby Muxloe.

Jon Griffin had fired them ahead in the eighth minute.

But in the second half, Aaron Love bagged a leveller, before Ryan Seal scored from the spot after Kevin Spencer had brought down Luke Winfield.

But they roared back on Tuesday night with a 5-0 hammering of struggling Rocester.

Karl Fellows and Ashley Parsons-Smith bagged two goals apiece as Swifts ran riot.

Fellows gave the home side the perfect start with a second minute opener before Parsons-Smith struck his first of the night two minutes later with a fine shot from a narrow angle.

Rocester keeper Richard Froggatt kept out a Fellows penalty midway through the half following a foul on Paul Hurrell.

Swifts dominated the chances but had to wait until ten minutes into the second half before adding to their tally, when Lewis Pountney side-footed home.

Fellows and Parson-Smith added a goal apiece to complete the rout and restore confidence.

Brown said: “I thought we deserved a point from Kirby but we let in two poor quality goals from our point of view.

“But we bounced back and against Rocester.

“The game was over after just 20 minutes.”

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