SWIFTS boss Jody Brown says he expects Tuesday night’s result against Haringey to stand – despite the game being abandoned in injury-time after a red card for a visiting player.
The Bostik North match was 0-0 when Haringey substitute striker Ralston Gabriel was dismissed for violent conduct in the 92nd-minute.
It sparked a melee on the pitch which led the referee to call the game off.
Swifts, who already have a huge league fixture backlog due to cup success this season, are now waiting to hear from the Bostik League as to whether the draw will stand.
Brown said: “I presume the result will stand as it was abandoned in injury time.
“I won’t comment on the incident at the end of the game or the players involved, and nor should anyone else.
“I believe the game was recorded and it will be there for all to see, and hopefully to be judged by those that understand the laws of the game better than myself.
“All I will say is it was very, very bad and put one of our players at severe risk of a very serious injury.”
The flash point came after a game in which Borough centre back Scott Mitchell had excelled, keeping scoring chances for the hosts to a minimum.
Swifts brought in Marley Andrews at full back and his pace was decisive in containing the threat from the visitors’ young and quick forward line.
Luke Callander (pictured) also returned for Swifts and looked sharp and Joe Gardner again worked tirelessly in midfield and showed his creativity.
Brown said: “The draw is a decent result and – with Marley Andrews coming into the starting XI along with Lewis Godbold and Luke Callander – we displayed our squad’s strength at this time.
“They came for a draw and played with ten behind the ball the entire night, so we can take that as a great compliment.
“As I’ve said before, they are a very good team at our level and I have total respect for them.
“We need to learn from the experience and find new ways to play – and break down opponents.”
It was the first time in 28 games that the Swifts have failed to score in 28 and they will be keen to put that right on Saturday when Bury Town visit the Aspen Waite Arena for a 3pm Bostik North kick-off.