SWIFTS stayed focused on their promising league campaign despite the welcome distraction of a dream FA Cup run with a third victory of the season over Mildenhall Town.
With a first round proper tie at League Two Exeter on November 5 keeping everyone excited at Scraley Road, Heybridge got off to the ideal start in blustery conditions in Suffolk on Saturday.
New signing Kresh Kreshiqi (pictured above) picked up a loose ball from the left corner of the penalty are before unleashing a superb dipping volley from 20 yards which flew over keeper Sam Roach and in after only two minutes.
Town’s Jacob Brown has a close-range effort well saved well by Danny Sambridge five minutes later.
But the visitors remained a threat and Sam Bantick was again proving dangerous on the right and he flashed a shot just wide after a defensive mix up on 20 minutes.
The hosts thought they had an equaliser late in the first half when Dan Brown slid the ball home from the right – only to see it disallowed for offside.
At the back, the pairing of Ryan Henshaw and Jack Cawley once again worked well for Swifts, with both winning any aerial balls in the windy conditions.
And with Ben Griffiths dominant in midfield, Heybridge looked good value for their 1-0 half-time lead.
Mildenhall improved in the second half with the wind behind them and should have had an equaliser when a diving header at the far post from Jake Chambers-Shaw flashed just over Sambridge’s goal.
Swifts talisman Luke Callander saw a close-range effort blocked on the line before they made the game safe on 65 minutes.
Former Billericay star Krasniqi’s long throw was headed on by Cawley and it looped over the keeper’s head at the far post.
it was not Swifts’ best display of the season but it left them handily place in seventh in the table with seven wins from eight league matches and up to six games in hand on some rivals.
Swifts are away at Bostik North rivals Bury Town in the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday, and on Saturday they go to Premier side Tonbridge Angels in the FA Trophy.
Swifts Starman: Jack Cawley.