Stourport Swifts 1-2 The Mikes
By The Mikes
The Mikes made it six points from two tough away games, as they returned from Walshes Meadow with a victory in a game that could've gone either way.
The Mikes started brightly and took the lead on 4 minutes. Jermaine Clarke caused mayhem in the home defence and with defenders drawn towards him, the ball broke for the onrushing Simeon Maye to caress the ball home past the sprawling Hawker.
The visitors were well on top and Swifts had a let off when Clarke out jumped keeper Hawker but The Mikes couldn't force the ball home. Ryan Edmunds then saw his vicious 20 yard volley fly a foot wide following the slightest deflection.
Swifts rallied and skipper Walkers effort deflected narrowly wide with Liam Maher totally wrong footed. This signalled Swifts best period of the game and they deservedly levelled on 19 minutes. Jones whipped in a delightful cross and Pountney controlled before sweeping the ball home.
The Mikes were being forced to defend hard and Pountney toed a looping effort wide from a very dubious free kick, before Walker fired across goal but the ball flew wide with Maher in control. Hyde skewed an effort horribly wide before Pountney flicked a near post header from another Jones cross, but Maher stood tall to gather comfortably.
The Mikes then reasserted a measure of authority, as Ross Clarke took hold of midfield and began to combine well with his namesake Jermaine. The big striker headed a glorious chance over following a delightful cross before ex Mikes man Dan Parker hurriedly cleared for a corner after Jermaine brought down a raking through ball and looked set to finish, which proved to be the last sight of goal as the sides went in at the break on level terms.
The home side were first to threaten after the restart as Willetts headed a decent chance over, before Pountney's 25 yarder was easily held by Maher.
The Mikes goal then lived a charmed life in a good old fashioned goalmouth scramble, but the defence stood firm before launching an incisive counter attack. Kirk Smith burst down the left but his dangerous low cross was cleared by Briscoe at the expense of a corner.
The stay of execution was only temporary for the home side, as The Mikes took the lead from the resultant set piece. Swifts failed to clear and Jermaine Clarke neatly slotted home to put the visitors in front.
Swifts came back and Maher twice saved well from long range before the home side forced a flurry of corners without getting an effort on goal. Maher then blocked another distance shot through a ruck of bodies, but Ghofranifar reacted sharply to complete the clearance.
This marked the end of the home side's threat as they seemed to run out of ideas in the last quarter hour, where The Mikes kept possession and ran down the clock to secure the points.
The home side will look to their periods of pressure in the middle of each half, but The Mikes again defended doggedlywhen required, which you must do if you are to come through in tough fixtures.