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Wed 17
Romford
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A Fennell (12'), (33'), (47'), D Ghinea (15'), L Gard (82'), L Ainsworth (86'), (88')
Seventh Heaven for Swifts but at a cost!

Seventh Heaven for Swifts but at a cost!

By Chris Daines
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A great 7-0 win at Romford but tempered by a serious injury to hattrick hero Andy Fennell


Due to work commitments Chris Gregan started on the bench with Alex Stephenson moving into central defence and Manny N'Daw started at Right-Back in place of the injured Archie McFadden.
Swifts were attacking from the off and Andy Fennell broke clear on 12 minutes to rifle home a shot from the edge of the penalty area to put Swifts ahead. Andy's pace was causing all sorts of problems and, after he went close to doubling the lead, he turned provider when passing into Darius Ghinea who scored on 15 minutes to double the lead. It was nearly three when skipper Joe Claridge headed against the bar.
The third goal came on 33 minutes when the ball fell loose in the six yard box and Andy Fennell coolly back-heeled for his second.
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Sam Carter replaced Jack Adlington at the break and it was not long before Andy Fennell raced through on goal to secure his hattrick on 47 minutes to make it 4-0. However Swifts joy was short-lived as an awful challenge from a Romford substitute on Fennell as he scored resulted in Fennell leaving the pitch (resulting in a trip to Broomfield Hospital and a 4 a.m. return home with the prognosis of a broken collar-bone). It was disappointing to see no caution given for this frankly shocking challenge!
Fennell was replaced by Shemarie Perkins-Palmer for his Swifts debut.
The loss of Fennell took some impetus out of Swifts for a while but after a Romford player was red carded (two yellows), Swifts enjoyed a three goal spell in the 82nd, 86th & 88th minutes.
Lewis Gard broke from midfield and slammed home a 20-yarder into the net for number 5.
Lionel Ainsworth then cut inside from the right, went on a mazy dribble and placed his left foot shot beyond the keeper for number 6.
Lionel Ainsworth then completed the scoring with his second with another clinical finish from inside the box.

A great comeback after the Sudbury match but our thoughts are with hattrick hero Andy Fennell where the prognosis/likely return is uncertain as this report is penned.

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Match details

Match date

Wed 17, Nov 2021

Kickoff

19:45

Attendance

133

Competition

North

League position

14
Heybridge Swifts
17
Romford