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Heybridge Swifts
Ware
R Henshaw (4'), M Price (26', 65', 77'), H Chatting (30'), J Luque (44')
Full time
M Milner (15')
Sat 10 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 193

Heybridge Swifts 6 Ware 1

Ware slip to defeat.

It's hard to know where to start with this report. The score line looks bad and there's no way of suggesting that Ware were unlucky. And yet they didn't play badly, certainly not in the first half when the real damage was done.

During the first forty five minutes they recovered from a double setback early on to draw level and then looked the more likely to score again. Yet it was the home side that recovered the momentum with a goal that, not unlike the first, seemed to be thanks to Ware's defence as much as their own initiative. That momentum took them to a 4-1 half time lead and left Ware with little to hope for from the game.

The game didn't start well for Ware with the second kick of the match launching the ball deep into their half. Charlie Yexley rose to head it in contention with Juan Luque and a clash of heads left the Ware man flat on his face and apparently unconscious. He did recover and returned to the fray, his first action being to cut out a through ball at the expense of a corner after four minutes.

From this the ball was sent low across the area where it looked as though it would be cleared by a Ware player. That man may have had a call but for some reason the ball was not intercepted after which it eluded the rest of the defence and ended in the net. Ryan Henshaw took the credit for putting it away in what was almost a carbon copy of the first goal conceded at Tilbury seven days earlier.

It was clearly a bad start but Ware recovered and started to move the ball around confidently. Five minutes after conceding, a good break inspired by Harley Haag saw Ross Elsom hit the outside of Danny Sambridge's right hand post. Then a quarter of an hour in another attack seemed to have been countered but Alaa Oujdi was in quickly to block the clearance. The ball fell to Marcus Milner 20 yards out and he lifted it over the defence and Sambridge for the equaliser.

Having grasped the initiative it all went wrong for Ware ten minutes later. On a slippery surface Dom Njoya lost the ball in trying to bring it out of defence. Heybridge seized the chance and the resultant low cross slipped through Harry Voss's hands leaving Matthew Price to force the ball over the line under pressure from Yexley.

Hopes that Ware would bounce back again were dashed four minutes later. This time Yexley slipped when going to cut out a long ball which then fell to Juan Luque. His cross from the left was met by Harrison Chatting who scored past the diving Voss.

Ware continued to plug away and Elsom's 36th minute free kick again hit the outside of Sambridge's post. But Ware's pressure was all to no avail as with a minute of the half left Luque was able to cut inside and fire past Voss to put the game beyond the visitors. The Ware keeper, back for his first game since his injury at Romford, might have wished he'd delayed his return as a disconsolate Ware team trooped in at half time.

At least Ware had the strong wind at their back for the second half but the game had gone from them and as the half wore on it seemed to become a matter of damage limitation. That damage came in the form of two more goals.

Having already hit a post Price scored after 65 minutes when Ware lost the ball under pressure in midfield allowing the Swifts' striker to get in behind the Ware defence. He gave Voss no chance to score his second of the afternoon before completing his hat trick on 77 minutes with a long range shot into the top corner of the net.

The result underlines Swifts' resurgence and reinforces their play-off prospects. These could be further enhanced on Tuesday when they visit Norwich United where a win will also benefit Ware's struggle in the lower reaches of the table.

Ware: Harry Voss, Charlie Yexley, Dominique Njoya, Ahmed Abdulla (Murat Karagul 74mins), Damien Green (Gareth Madden 52mins), Louis Bowen, Marcus Milner, Conor Okus, Harley Haag (Finley Long 84mins), Alaa Oujdi, Ross Elsom.

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Key moments

4:00
Goal Ryan Henshaw scores for Heybridge Swifts
15:00
Goal Marcus Milner scores for Ware
26:00
Goal Matthew Price scores for Heybridge Swifts
30:00
Goal Harrison Chatting scores for Heybridge Swifts
44:00
Goal Juan Luque scores for Heybridge Swifts
65:00
Goal Matthew Price scores for Heybridge Swifts
77:00
Goal Matthew Price scores for Heybridge Swifts

Highlights

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84:00 Sub Off
Harley Haag is substituted off for Ware
84:00 Sub On
Finley Long is substituted on for Ware
82:00 Yellow Card
Charlie Yexley is yellow carded for Ware
78:00 Sub On
Kreshnic Krasniqi is substituted on for Heybridge Swifts
78:00 Sub Off
Harrison Chatting is substituted off for Heybridge Swifts
77:00 Goal 6 - 1
Matthew Price scores for Heybridge Swifts
74:00 Sub Off
Ahmed Abdulla is substituted off for Ware
74:00 Sub On
Murat Karagul is substituted on for Ware
71:00 Sub Off
Ben Griffiths is substituted off for Heybridge Swifts
71:00 Sub On
Lewis Godbold is substituted on for Heybridge Swifts
65:00 Goal 5 - 1
Matthew Price scores for Heybridge Swifts
61:00 Sub Off
Juan Luque is substituted off for Heybridge Swifts
61:00 Sub On
Charles Clayden is substituted on for Heybridge Swifts
59:00 Yellow Card
Lewis Dark is yellow carded for Heybridge Swifts
57:00 Yellow Card
Louis Bowen is yellow carded for Ware
52:00 Sub On
Gareth Madden is substituted on for Ware
52:00 Sub Off
Damien Green is substituted off for Ware
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 4 - 1
Juan Luque scores for Heybridge Swifts
39:00 Yellow Card
Juan Luque is yellow carded for Heybridge Swifts
30:00 Goal 3 - 1
Harrison Chatting scores for Heybridge Swifts
26:00 Goal 2 - 1
Matthew Price scores for Heybridge Swifts
24:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Henshaw is yellow carded for Heybridge Swifts
15:00 Goal 1 - 1
Marcus Milner scores for Ware
4:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ryan Henshaw scores for Heybridge Swifts
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As it happened

  • Heybridge Swifts
  • Ware
  • 0
  • Ryan Henshaw Goal 4:00'
  • Marcus Milner Goal 15:00'
  • Ryan Henshaw Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Matthew Price Goal 26:00'
  • Harrison Chatting Goal 30:00'
  • Juan Luque Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Juan Luque Goal 44:00'
  • Damien Green Sub Off 52:00'
  • Gareth Madden Sub On 52:00'
  • Louis Bowen Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Lewis Dark Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Juan Luque Sub Off 61:00'
  • Charles Clayden Sub On 61:00'
  • Matthew Price Goal 65:00'
  • Lewis Godbold Sub On 71:00'
  • Ben Griffiths Sub Off 71:00'
  • Murat Karagul Sub On 74:00'
  • Ahmed Abdulla Sub Off 74:00'
  • Matthew Price Goal 77:00'
  • Harrison Chatting Sub Off 78:00'
  • Kreshnic Krasniqi Sub On 78:00'
  • Charlie Yexley Yellow Card 82:00'
  • Harley Haag Sub Off 84:00'
  • Finley Long Sub On 84:00'

Team selection

Heybridge Swifts
  • 1. Danny Sambridge
  • 2. Guillem Ramon
  • 3. Thomas Cooney
  • 4. Lewis Dark
  • 5. Ryan Henshaw
  • 6. Toby Stevenson
  • 7. Harrison Chatting
  • 8. Ben Griffiths
  • 9. Matthew Price
  • 10. Joe Gardner
  • 11. Juan Luque
  • 12. Charles Clayden
  • 14. Luke Callander
  • 15. Lewis Godbold
  • 16. Jack Cawley
  • 18. Kreshnic Krasniqi

League round up

Other North Division results

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2
1
Haringey Borough
Bury Town
2
1
0
2
Dereham Town
0
1
Bowers & Pitsea

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Standings

# Team Pl Pts
17. Tilbury 45 53
18. Waltham Abbey 45 48
19. Ware 45 47
20. Cheshunt 45 47
21. Brentwood Town 44 46
22. Mildenhall Town 45 46
23. Norwich United 45 40

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