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Heybridge Swifts
Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Full time Attendance 248

Swifts withstand Millers barriage

The Millers gave everything in the second half, but just couldn't get the goal they deserved against Heybridge.

In the summer Heybridge were tipped by the bookies to be relegated, but with the budget that Jody Brown had been in-trusted with, he has built a team that will be challenging at the top end of the table. And the Swifts have so far this season showed what kind of team they are by winning all their games so far, making the task all the more difficult for the Millers who were looking to bounce back from defeat to tenants Grays Athletic.

It was a mixed opening exchange between the two sides as they sized each other up. Heybridge has the better of the first half and the early stages as Sam Bantick linked well with striker Luke Callander.

Swifts attacker Luque nearly put the visitors ahead when his volley was well saved by Millers keeper Rhys Madden following Ben Griffiths ball to the far post. This was followed by Guillem Ramon who saw his shot on the run went just wide of the post.

The Millers sat further back and allowed Heybridge time and space and on 34 minutes that cost Aveley dear. Passing and movement saw Sam Bantick shoot from close range, he was denied at first by Rhhys Madden, but the ball fell to Luke Callander 8 yards out, and a player of that quality will not miss from close range as he slotted home the rebound.

Half Time | Aveley 0-1 Heybridge Swifts.

The second half was a different affair and the Millers dominated massively and should've had at least an equaliser in-side the first twenty minutes of the half. First Jack Barry saw his header crash the bar from a corner, second ex-Miller Jack Giddens, who is on loan from Billericay Town, saved superbly from a right wing cross.

Throughout the whole of the second half, the Millers continued to dominate the game but Heybridge held strong. It was a great performance from the Millers, Adalberto Pinto had a glorious chance but he missed an open goal from close range.


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71:00 Sub Off
Adam Bolle is substituted off for Aveley
71:00 Sub On
Jack West is substituted on for Aveley
60:00 Sub Off
Jake Gordon is substituted off for Aveley
60:00 Sub On
Jordan Peart is substituted on for Aveley
45:00 Sub Off
Billy Coyne is substituted off for Aveley
45:00 Sub On
Harry Watkins is substituted on for Aveley
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Aveley
  • Heybridge Swifts
  • 0
  • Billy Coyne Sub Off 45:00'
  • Harry Watkins Sub On 45:00'
  • Jake Gordon Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jordan Peart Sub On 60:00'
  • Adam Bolle Sub Off 71:00'
  • Jack West Sub On 71:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
17. Soham Town Rangers 27 30
18. Tilbury 27 30
19. Aveley 29 27
20. Brentwood Town 25 26
21. Ware 25 25
22. Norwich United 27 25
23. Romford 26 22

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