Arlesey Town 0-7 Heybridge Swifts, FA Cup 1st Round Qualifier
Swifts travelled up to rural Bedfordshire to visit opponents from the Evo Stick Southern division on a run that has seen them go 16 matches unbeaten in all games including pre season and it was clearly going to be extended to 17 when they scored 2 goals in the first 3 minutes once more.
First, striker Luque volleyed in superbly in the first minute from a lay off from Callander to leave home keeper Pedrycz with no chance, before Callander himself then scored with a near post header from a corner, using his strength to hold off defender and keeper.
The home keeper then worked wonders to prevent further goals with a great save from a Bantick and a superb save from a Callander header when he literally scooped it off the line. Swifts eased up for the last 10 minutes of the half and let the hosts back into the game with a shot wide which troubled Danny Sambridge. Apart from that, Swifts were rarely troubled with Henshaw and Dark once again proving a formidable pairing central defence.
At half time you sensed the home side were still in the game but the contest was all but over 2 minutes into the second half when Luque netted his second at the near post after good work by Bantick. Swifts dominated as the home side tired and Bantick scored from close range after a run and unselfish pull back from Luque on 68 minutes, followed by Ben Sampayo’s first goal for the club, playing an excellent 1-2 before slotting home under the keeper’s body on 67 minutes.
Jody was then able to rest strikers Luque and Callender with Josh Fagbohun coming on with fresh legs to test the beleaguered home defence even further. First, Josh’s excellent cross from the right was finished at the far post from Joe Gardner, before Fagbohun wrapped up to the scoring to make it 7 on 85 minutes when squared back by Sampayo for him to finish emphatically.
So another excellent and professional display by the Swifts who will appreciate the prize money and look forward to Monday’s draw for the next round with keen anticipation. The Swifts took an excellent away following once more to this game and this is so beneficial to the players who were rightly appreciative after the match.
Swifts star man: Ben Sampayo