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Heybridge Swifts
Sat 31 Mar 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Division One North Full time Attendance 98


Two second half strikes gave Tilbury another victory on the road to the play offs and they haven't lost on the road since the end of January.


Heybridge had to weather a patchy storm in the first half as Tilbury had decent periods in the opening half. Swifts gave a debut to midfielder James Stevens who comes in from work experience from Southend United and with injuries to keeper's there was a start for Ashley Harrison in goal who has previously played for Chelmsford City. Alex Read and Tom Webb were the early hitters for the Dockers with early shots but were well clear of the bar.

Heybridge had also promoted into the first team another youngster from the Reserves in left back Jamie Moore and he was the saving grace on 17 minutes when he cleared from the goal line after a header by Read was flicked back into the danger zone by Webb for Alex Read to nudge the ball towards goal where defender Jamie Moore was able to hook clear.

The game was the first home game for new Assistant boss Chris Moore in his new title and he had a sterling performance at both ends of the field. The tallest Heybridge player on the pitch was commanding at the back whilst prepared to do his bit upfront.

During a positive spell for the visitors Swifts' Dan Foakes was dispossessed just outside his area allowing Emiel Aiken to flash a shot into the side netting, within four minutes and mid-way through the half Aiken hit a shot that Harrison beaten but not the post, the rebound fell kindly for the new Swifts keeper rebounding back into his arms. Ashley Harrison was well placed to save from Aiken again just after the half hour when the Tilbury striker got round the back of the new assistant boss Moore to get in a shot.

Heybridge had rarely threatened the Tilbury goal following an early shot from Callander that Sam West blocked, five minutes before the break Worrell was well placed to head away a decent cross from Tom Broadhurst.

Referee Alan Dale waved away a Tilbury claim for a penalty in first half stoppage time when Chris Moore lived dangerously in his own area with a huge question mark surrounding if he had indeed tripped Emiel Aiken.

No goals at the break and the Assistant Manager Chris Moore was unlucky not to level on 52 minutes meeting a Fergus corner to head narrowly over. Just before the hour a handball by Jamie Moore in the box led to a spot kick chance for Tilbury but with Jack West's return to Tilbury meaning he was still on the bench, Alex Read stepped up. Ashley Harrison got down well to his right to save but the ball ran loose and was fed back into Emiel Aiken who forced home from close range.

Heybridge started to play abit from then on, Broadhurst saw a decent pass into him from Jon Edwards allowing a shot at goal that James Marrable saved, then on 78 minutes a lofted ball forward by Callander for Tom Holdstock only got a weak touch when it needed either smashing or one or two touches and it was an easy save for Marrable to make.

It wasn't long after that Tilbury crossed the finish line with their second goal, Tom Wraight in open play ran at the area and struck a sweet shot into the corner of the net from 19 yards.

Swifts' man of the match Chris Moore sawa stoppage time chance to claw one back prevented when Marrable tipped over a Moore header as James Stevens launched a free kick deep into the box.

Heybridge Swifts: Ashley Harrison, Ashely Cole (Solomon Ofori 63), Jamie Moore, Daniel Foakes, Chris Moore, Tyler Corlett, Jon Edwards (Tom Holdstock 77), James Stevens, Luke Callander (C), Tom Broadhurst, Stuart Fergus (Charlie Gray 85) Unused Subs: Ricky Spriggs, Jack Parr

Tilbury: James Marrable, Conor Mead, Eljay Worrell, Joe Nightingill, Sam West, Gary Henty (C), Emiel Aiken (Jack West 77), Steve Good, Alex Read, Tom Webb (Joe Collins 61), Tom Wraight (Aaron Matthews 85)Unused Subs: Paul King, Daniel Smith

Referee: Mr Alan Dale

Assitants: Mr Dean Welham and Mr Michael Tant

Attendance: 98


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# Team Pd Pts
15. Chatham Town 42 54
16. Heybridge Swifts 42 52
17. Waltham Forest 42 43
18. Cheshunt 42 39
19. Soham Town Rangers 42 34
20. Ilford 42 30
21. Ware 42 30
22. Great Wakering Rovers 42 29

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