AN EARLY second-half goal from Coventry United’s Jake Holt proved insufficent, after Stourport Swifts came from behind to run out 3-1 victors in their Midlands Football League Premier Division clash.
United goalkeeper James Wardle had to be alert to keep out a couple of efforts from Bromsgrove Sporting loanee Cameron Peters, while Holt stung the fingertips of Dominic Richards with his goal-bound strike.
The Swifts keeper then saved the blushes of defender Matt Fulloway, who inadvertently directed a header towards goal, with Richards scrambling back to tip the ball over the bar.
Jamie Clarke crashed his shot against the frame of Coventry’s goal, as a half full of chances finished goalless.
But minutes after the interval, the deadlock was finally broken when Aaron Williams slipped the ball through to the onrushing Holt, who put away his chance with aplomb.
The midfielder almost had a second when sending the ball towards goal during a goalmouth scramble, but Matt Fulloway was in the right place to clear in the midst of the chaos.
Those were the fine margins between seeing out the lead and ultimately losing the game, as Martin Slevin levelled with his header sent low beyond Wardle.
Swifts were in the ascendancy and eventually took the lead ten minutes from time, when Jim Hanson’s drilled cross was parried by Wardle into the path of Jamie Clarke, who tucked home the rebound.
The points were sealed six minutes later when Melis Bushaj brought down Peters, allowing Drew Canavan to power the ball home from 12-yards and condemn the Red and Greens to defeat.
Coventry United are in action on Wednesday night when visiting Nottinghamshire side Selston, prior to Saturday’s (3pm) trip to Highgate United.