Brown on Haverhill, Barking and Maldon

SWIFTS boss Jody Brown says getting a result at Barking will be his main focus this Bank Holiday weekend as he does not expect to take points from league favourites Maldon.

Heybridge travel to the promoted Blues on Saturday before hosting the Jammers in a hotly anticipated derby on Monday.

Brown said: “It is a tough weekend ahead and the squad depth will be tested.

“Ryan Henshaw is suspended, George Smith has tonsillitis and two games in three days will certainly take their toll.

“The Barking game is the big one for us as we don’t expect to take points off the league favourites Maldon.

“Anything from that game would be a welcome bonus.

“Barking are the type of club that we hope to be competing with this season and I’m sure they’ll be comfortable in mid table.

“And if we can achieve that too it would be great for us given our recent history.”

Goals from Sam Banktik (2), Juan Luque (2), Luke Callander and Harrison Chatting gave Swifts a handsome 6-1 win over Haverhill in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday.

The first game ended 1-1 after a red card for Henshaw, and Brown admits it was an action packed tie.

He said: “I perhaps made a mistake in making changes for the cup tie but I believe in the squad and feel it’s important that they all get their opportunities to play.

“The Henshaw red card so early didn’t help, and the wind was a great leveller.

“But in a fairly aggressive atmosphere we stood firm and probably should have been able to win with ten men.

“We were very confident that given 11 players, a good surface, balanced officiating and reasonable weather, we’d put it right in the replay.

“We were fired up following some of the treatment we experienced over there, but I made sure the boys remained level headed and stuck to the process.

“Being 3-0 up in eight minutes was the best response possible to the way we felt we had been treated on Saturday in Suffolk.

“And what was great is that it was so comfortable I was able to get Callander, Chatting and Luque off early for a rest.”