Stourport Swifts 1 Shepshed Dynamo 5
Shepshed were away again this time making the long trip to Worcestershire to play Stourport Swifts in a mid table clash this game was Shepshed’s 7th away game of the campaign already.
However the hour and half journey was worth it as Shepshed had an emphatic win against a Stourport Team who had previously let in 12 goals against Shepshed in the last two meetings and that trend continued as Shepshed took their unbeaten run to six matches in all competitions.
Shepshed started really well and took the lead in the 5th Minute when there was a mix up in the Stourport defence who failed to clear the ball and this resulted in the ball landing at the feet of Matt Melbourne
who smashed the ball into the Stourport net to make it 1 - 0.
Shepshed were well on top and created chance after chance but could not make it pay then Stourport had a couple of shots on target but they were easily dealt with by Shepshed Keeper Brandon Ganley
But in the 44th Minute Shepshed got their reward from a corner the ball again was not cleared and the ball fell to Sam Moore
who hit it back towards goal for Joe Pheasant
to side foot but the ball into the net and put Shepshed two up.
A superb half for Shepshed who dominated throughout and having seven shots with three on target.
Stourport started the second half much better than Shepshed and created the first chance of the half when a shot from Andy Nicol was saved by the Shepshed keeper.Then in the 48th Minute Stourport were back in the game when a free kick from the left was headed across the penalty area and was hit towards goal by Matt Fulloway who hit the post only for the ball to fall at the feet of Substitute Mark Danks who bundled the ball over the line to make it 2 - 1.
In the 50th Minute a Stourport free kick was cleared by the Shepshed defence and the ball was picked up by Sam Moore
who ran the the length of the pitch then passed the ball to Matt Melbourne
who smashed the ball towards goal but it was superbly blocked by Stourport defender Platt.
Shepshed had to up their game and that was the case as they were by now the much better side and in the 58th Minute a free kick from Karl Whymark
created a free header for Jake Betts
who scored on his return to the side after injury 3 - 1 Shepshed.
Both teams had further chances but they all came to nothing then in the 81st Minute Shepshed put the game to bed from a throw in Patrocinio dribbled his way through the Stourport defence passed the ball to Josh Thomas
who slotted the ball into the corner of the net to put Shepshed 4 - 1 up and in complete control of the match.
In the 83rd Minute a shot from Melbourne was saved by Stourport Keeper Richards and Whymark had a shot from distance that landed on the roof the of the net then in the 88th minute Shepshed got their 5th goal when a corner from Thomas was controlled by Jake Betts
who shot towards goal only for Joe Pheasant
to intercept the ball and stab the ball home from close range Stourport appealed that Pheasant had handled the ball but the goal was given and it was 5 - 1 Shepshed.
Shepshed were running riot and should have made it 6 in the 90th Minute when Liam Hurst
ran through from the half way line turned the Stourport defender Platt inside out only to pull his shot wide of the post.
So as the final whistle blew it was the Shepshed players and fans who were celebrating after a performance of pure class as Shepshed ran the this game from start to finish this was by far the best performance of the season so far and it was just what Shepshed needed going in to next weeks F.A. Vase 1st Round tie at Home to Bewdley Town.