Heybridge were denied a a late come back victory with an even later Soham equaliser.
The start and the end of this game was the lively part, just the bit in the middle which seemed a bit flat. A Bertie Brayley header clipped the top of the bar after just four minutes for the home side, two minutes later a low drive from the right by Hawes flashed across the face of goal and just evaded Callander who was sliding in at the far post.
It was the number Soham number eleven who was eventually going to inflict the sting in the tail of the game but long before that he went close with a run and shot flashing wide on 28 minutes. Bertie Brayley completed a darting run towards the Soham goal by squaring the ball to Pond in front of goal but keeper Bircham made a save.
Daniel Cotton finished off a run with a drive that had Willis in the Swifts goal at full stretch to push the ball away, defender Chris Ribchester managed to clear just as Cotton raced in on the rebound. Just before the interval a shot was driven across goal and narrowly wide from Cobb for the visitors.
The opening goal fell on 68 minutes not long after Heybridge had made some subs. The goal though fell to Soham, a cross from Libertore was side footed home from inside the box by Soham skipper Michael Simpson. Heybridge found themselves again in the final ten minutes to turn the game on its head; first a cross from Hawes was smashed home by Brayley from close range on 81. The confidence rose and Sub Tom Broadhurst scored a superb individual goal four minutes later, his run on the right beating two defenders also saw him go to ground under a challenge but he managed to quickly rise and continue before shooting into the bottom left corner for a 2-1 lead.
Heybridge had two late spectacular chances to score a third deep in stoppage time beyond the allocated two minutes a breakaway goal from Soham snatched a point as David Cobb raced away and slotted the ball past Willis where it clipped the post and trickled in to sink Heybridge hearts.
TEAMS: HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS: Jason Willis, Billy Hawes, Danny Barber (c), Taylor Hastings, Chris Ribchester, Nathan Smith, Ricky Griggs, Russell Pond, Luke Callander (Tom Brodhurst 64), Bertie Brayley, Ashley Hawkins (Luke Hammond 58): Unused Subs: Sean Crossley, Lee Kersey, Jake Gibson
SOHAM TOWN RANGERS: Dan Bircham, Simon Flanz, Alex Austin, Andrew Coleman, Tom Libertore, Michael Simpson, Daniel Cotton (Denny Escorcio 79), Rogan McGeorge, Matthew Robinson (Andrew Furnell 79), Luke Hipwell, David Cobb: Unused Subs: Martin Bromwich, Steve Bugg, Richard Gammon
Referee: Mr Gary Evetts
Assistants: Mr Lee Kill & Mr Mike Chisholm
Attendance = 134
|Potters Bar Town||3||1||Ilford|
|Waltham Forest||3||2||Maldon & Tiptree|
|Heybridge Swifts||2||2||Soham Town Rangers||Att. 134|
|Brentwood Town||2||0||Waltham Abbey|
|Chatham Town||0||2||Grays Athletic||Att. 260|
|Enfield Town||2||2||Needham Market|
|Great Wakering Rovers||2||3||Redbridge||Att. 68|
|AFC Sudbury||1||2||Harlow Town|