Luque on target again as winning run continues at Barking

SWIFTS continued their winning streak in the league with a win at newly promoted Barking at a hot Mayesbrook Park on Saturday.

The visitors came out looking very dangerous going forward in the early stages, creating a string of clear cut chances.

A great left foot shot from the right by Harrison Chatting was tipped on to post by home keeper Ollie Bowles.

Then an excellent strike from red hot striker Juan Luque was beaten away by Bowles, before Luke Callander volleyed over from close range following a great cross from Guillem Ramon.

In return the hosts forced two corners in the first ten minutes which were defended well.

The Blues also had a number of long throws by former Billericay star Kreshnic Krasnici, who looked a good player.

And Barking could have taken the lead when Abs Seymour volleyed over from ten yards with his left foot.

Good work from Callander then put Sam Bantick through but his shot went just wide with the keeper beaten ten minutes before the break. 

Swifts were forced to re-shuffle at half time when Phil Anderson left the field injured and Ramon moved into central defence with Ben Sampayo coming on at right back. 

With midfield skipper Lewis Dark already having moved to central defence in Ryan Henshaw’s absence through suspension, the new look back four did extremely well, restricting Barking to long-range efforts and only being threatened by long throws once more.

In attack, Swifts continued to miss chances with Callander and substitute Josh Fagbohun both being frustrated from close range.

It started to look as if it was just not going to happen in front of goal for Swfits and Callander headed just wide from a corner before the breakthrough finally came on 70 minutes.

And once again the goal came from Spanish striker Luque (pictured above), who took a flick on from Harry Morgan in his stride before coolly side footing past Bowles.  

That was a great relief and you sensed Swifts excellent makeshift back four were not going to concede, with loan keeper Jack Giddens once again looking impressive behind them.

Swifts will go into the Bank Holiday Monday derby at home to Maldon & Tiptree with increased confidence with all three league games won so far.

And manager Jody Brown will be satisfied despite missed chances in the first half which could have seen them safely ahead at half time.

Swifts Starman: Lewis Godbold.