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Maldon & Tiptree
Heybridge Swifts
Mon 17 Apr 13:00 - The Ryman Football League - North Division Full time Attendance 252

Last minute heartbreak

Screamer from Nash wins it for Jammers

This was a big local derby for 2 local rivals at different ends of the table at a sunny Wallace Binder stadium on Easter Monday. Swifts started well and a corner from Cole was flicked over by Reece Grant at the near post. Home keeper Wilks then dropped a free kick at Ade Jusuff's feet but then recovered well to block the resulting shot from which Lewis Dark saw his header blocked on the line from the resulting corner.

Anderson then saw his near post flick from Cawley's long throw go just over the bar. As has seemingly happened so many times in a frustrating season for the Swifts, they were unable to turn their dominance into goals and instead went behind when Sam Newson was able to slip Jack Cawley to coolly slot home past Moore on 19 minutes. Swifts continued to dominate play and Cole's excellent chip was glanced on by Grant's header but saved by the home keeper.

The second half saw Swifts turn in an excellent performance and create a number of chances and were rewarded when substitute Goldbold sieze on a goalkeeping error from a Cawley throw to slot home from close range. Swifts went in search of a winner and Grant hooked over a corner and then on 67 minutes flicked a header just over. Liam Nash for the home side always looked dangerous and hit the post from a surprise free kick before Grant fired wide from the right when put through by Jusuff.

Maldon & Tiptree V Heybridge Swifts 17/4/17
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It was looking like a draw until the 90th minute when a cross fell to Nash from 20 yards on the left and he lashed home a superb volley past Moore to cruelly deny Swifts the point that their excellent performance deserved. They can take heart from this performance and face Phoenix in the last game of the season this Saturday at Scraley Road for a 3pm kick off. This could prove to be the most important game in the Swifts recent history for many years.

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# Team Pl Pts
18. Dereham Town 46 54
19. Soham Town Rangers 46 53
20. Waltham Abbey 46 51
21. Heybridge Swifts 46 51
22. Ware 46 51
23. Wroxham 46 25
24. Great Wakering Rovers 46 25

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