Stourport Give Uttoxeter The Watts For In The FA Cup

Two goals from Jack Watts saw Stourport Swifts breeze into the first round of the FA Vase, comfortably seeing off Uttoxeter Town.

Bailey Fuller also notched for the visitors after Town briefly looked to be back in the tie courtesy of James Curley.

Swifts took the game to the their Midland Land counterparts in the first period, and should’ve taken the lead after 12 minutes when a corner found Fuller at the back post, but he could only nod wide when he really should have scored.

Town had their first shot in anger minutes later, but Kyle Esplin dragged his shot across the face of goal and behind.

Esplin and Town were made to rue that missed chance not long after. A low ball into the box from the left was latched onto by Watts who poked home to edge the away side ahead.

With 33 minutes gone, Uttoxeter almost restored parity. Jack Hassall’s cross evaded everyone and clipped the upright.

The resulting clearance set Drew Canavan away but he was brought down in the box – giving Watts the chance to hit his second of the afternoon.

Uttoxeter had time to get a penalty of their own on the stroke of half time, but skipper Douglas Price could only find the gloves of Swifts stopper Dominic Richards with a spot kick summing up the host’s luck.

As the rain lashed down after the break, Stourport continued their dominance with Fuller going close. Daniel Harper drew a stop from Richards who parried out, only for James Timmins to clear.

After biding their time, and with 70 minutes on the clock, Uttoxeter finally got their goal, Curley nodding home a whipped cross from the left, however it didn’t take long for the Swifts to restore their two-goal lead.

Just three minutes later, Fuller put the tie beyond the home sides reach to see Stourport through.

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