STOURPORT Swifts boss Mark Phillips lamented a poor first half display after Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss at Lye.

The Walshes Meadow side paid the price for a lacklustre opening 45 minutes when they fell 2-0 behind.

A third goal early in the second half put the game beyond them, despite a concerted spell of pressure which forced two corners which were put away by Reece Shilvock.

Phillips said: “We ended the game well but the first half was very flat.

“We weren’t at the races but we changed things around at the break.

“We changed from a narrow diamond to a 4-4-2 and I also made a point about our attitude.

“We improved a lot and after we had scored two penalties we also hit the woodwork.

“But the biggest difference was the attitude of the players, which was much better.”

The defeat follows on from a 1-0 win over Dunkirk in the Midlands Premier on Saturday, thanks to Paul Hurrell’s early strike.

Stourport continue their hectic fixture list with a clash at Highgate United tonight (7.45pm ko).

They then have three home games in a row, with AFC Wulfrunians on Saturday (3pm ko), Highgate United on Monday (7.45pm ko) and the semi-final first leg of the Polymac League Cup against Hereford next Thursday (7.45pm ko).