Brown pleased with overdue clean sheet in battling draw at Ware

Gary White

SWIFTS boss Jody Brown was pleased with a first clean sheet in eight games after they picked up a hard-fought point at in-form Ware.

The hosts, under new manager and ex-Luton defender John Dreyer, got off to a lively start and a good run and shot from Yannick Kamanan drew a smart tip over from keeper Danny Sambridge.

The French striker then had a close range free header saved by Sambridge’s outstretched leg.

Ware kept pressing and a good volley from Marcus Milner went just over after a skilful knock down.

But Swifts were the better side in the second half and introduced top scorer Juan Luque from the bench.

Recent signing Matt Price, on his return from suspension, should have scored when clear after battling work from Luke Callander but his attempted chip went straight at keeper Garry Malone.

And both sides hit the post in the last five minutes – the hosts from a deflected free kick and Swifts from close range Ryan Henshaw shot.

The result ended a four-game losing run and Swifts will hope to build on their visit to high-flying Dereham on Saturday.

Brown said: “First of all it was a great clean sheet.

“Of course we want to win and we had a couple of one-on-ones and very near miss from Henshaw.

“But Ware have won their last three games and we haven’t kept a clean sheet since New Year’s Day so it is certainly something to build on.

“It is now time for the continuity, hard work and belief in one another that will get us on track.”