STOURPORT Swifts were a goal down after just five minutes but battled back to take three points in their first league match of the season against newly-promoted Selston.

They won 3-2 after a goal-packed curtain-raiser at Walshes Meadow last Saturday.

A freak rebound left Selston striker Joe Butler in the clear and he made no mistake a dipping volley past Dom Richards from 18 yards.

Swifts hit back hard as Jim Hanson saw his goalbound shot hit Selston keeper Alex Smith- Eccles' legs after a fine cross from Platt to the far post.

Drew Canavan’s 20-yard free-kick left Eccles-Smith scrambling, but shaved the post on it’s way wide. Hanson then blazed high and wide from a good position after being set up by Clarke.

Swifts were level after 27 minutes when Lewis Platt crossed, and Jamie Clarke, making his first appearance for the Swifts, headed powerfully down and in at the far post. Just seven minutes later Swifts went ahead for the first time when Matt Fulloway headed in off the post from Canavan’s pinpoint cross.

With Swifts in full control, Selston were awarded a bonus when Joe Billingham was judged to have handled in the box when the ball was driven straight at him from a yard away, but Henry Brooks took full advantage to drive low past Richards to make the scores level at the break.

In the second half Jamie Clarke twice went round the keeper after being sent clear by Macpherson, but saw his shots block on the line by first Renshaw then Ben Moore.

After 66 minutes, Lewis Platt was sent sprawling in the box and Canavan sent Eccles-Smith the wrong way to put the Swifts back in front.

Jamie Clarke skipped past two defenders on the left as Swifts looked to extend their lead late on, but Ieuan Crowe blazed over the top from close range.