FOR the third time this season Swifts knocked higher-league opponents out of a cup with a professional display against Bostik Premier Tonbridge.
Not that Swifts looked a Step 4 side as they swept aside a strong Angels outfit who were lucky to not lose by more following Saturday’s 3-3 in Kent.
Two-goal hero Luke Callander, fondly nicknamed ‘The Tank‘, caught the eye once more but the hosts more than matched their opponents all over the park.
Wide men Juan Luque – who looked back to his best – and Harrison Chatting were a threat all evening and central defenders Ryan Henshaw and Jack Cawley dealt with virtually everything that came their way.
And if Swifts keeper Danny Sambridge was looking for an easy night in advance of Sunday’s FA Cup adventure at Exeter City – then he got one.
The Heybridge No 1 only had one decent save from a Chris Kinnear effort on 42 minutes.
Callander hit the post from close range early on after an excellent cross-shot from Sam Bantick.
Callander had a header tipped over on the half-hour mark and central defender Ryan Henshaw had a header flash just wide from a corner.
Ex Swifts favourite and one-time England manager Peter Taylor, who was on scouting duty for Portsmouth, was clearly impressed with his old side at half time.
Callander’s opener came on 48 minutes as he used his body well to hold off young defender Callum Adonis-Taylor before lifting the ball over onrushing keeper Jonathan Henley and into the roof of the net.
His second came seven minutes later when Harrison Chatting’s excellent left foot cross was headed down by the striker and into the far corner.
Footage of the Luke Callander’s winning goal by Dan Wilson (@essexfootie).
The visitors had no choice but to throw men forward and brought on experienced striker Nathan Elder, but he was marshaled brilliantly by central defensive pairing of Jack Cawley and Henshaw.
The visitors struggled to create real clear chances unit the 81st minute when sub Alex Akrofi netted from close.
Swifts came through with no injuries and manager Jody Brown was quick to praise his side for an excellent performance against a side with a number of players with National League experience.
Swifts Starman: Luke Callander.