STOURPORT Swifts secured their third successive victory with a 2-1 away win at Wolverhampton Sporting.

Goals from Jack Downing and Drew Canavan gave Swifts a hat-trick of league wins for the first time this season and moved them up to 11th place in the Midland Premier League.

Swifts again produced a sparkling start to the match, with Downing firing narrowly wide and Mark Danks continued his run of good form, looking dangerous every time he picked up the ball on the left hand side.

Downing opened the scoring after 26 minutes when Danks put him through on goal and he made no mistake with a clinical low finish past keeper Connor Hopkins. Danks almost delivered a second after a neat interchange with Nick MacPherson but fired over the top.

Wolves Sporting almost levelled after 40 minutes but Richards in the Swifts goal made a fine save from Jak Barnes’ point blank header, but Swifts started the second half with the same energy as the first, and Hopkins produced a fine block to keep out another effort from Downing before Canavan drove a long range shot into the top corner to put Swifts two up.

MacPherson headed over from Canavan’s cross but the home side pulled a goal back on 67 minutes when Gabby Danko robbed Matt Hanson in possession and crossed for Taylor Allen to head home from five yards out.

Manager Quentin Townsend was delighted with nine points from the last three games and said: “This is our best run of the season and we are finally starting to show some consistency as the new players have settled.

"When our injuries clear I think we can really push into the top ten of this league.

"The Christmas period gives us a real test with home games against title challengers Sporting Khalsa next Saturday, then Worcester City on Boxing Day and league leaders Ilkeston Town on Saturday 29.

“We will see how far we have progressed after those games."