Preview: Sporting Khalsa v Stourport Swifts

Following Khalsa’s win in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round against Tividale and Stourport’s 2-1 win against Shawbury, Tuesday night’s fixture between the two sides takes on something of a deeper meaning.

While three valuable points will be up for grabs to two sides without a win to their name yet this season, it will give both sides a look at each other ahead of the Qualifying Round game at Walsh’s Meadow on August 25.

New manager Quentin Townsend has seen his side fall to two defeats so far this season, a last gasp 3-2 opening-day defeat against new boys Ilkeston Town and then a 2-1 reverse at home against Wolves Sporting.

Since a Jay Holdcroft goal helped Khalsa pull back a 2-0 deficit in May to earn Khalsa a draw 2-2, it’s been all change at Swifts. Townsend has installed local non-league icon Mark Danks as his player-assistant manager while recruiting former Bromsgrove Sporting marksman Andy Nicol and Drew Canavan in midfield. The club has also taken on Kidderminster Harriers loanees Harry Higginson and Harry Stratford and Jack Downing has joined from AFC Telford.

Notably, Swifts skipper Alex Perry has switched over to drive the Sporting Khalsa engine room.

All in all, Swifts – who were knocked out of the FA Cup by Khalsa last year – will be looking to build on their fifteenth place finish last year.

Kick off is 7.45pm. Admission is £5, £3 concessions/under 16s. Food and drink will be in plentiful supply, the action will be fast and furious. If you need help finding us, help is here.

Sporting Khalsa fixtures 2018-19