Swifts stun Romford with nine-goal salvo

Gary White

SWIFTS recorded their biggest win of the campaign as six different players found the net in a nine-goal thumping of Romford.

There were braces for Harrison Chatting, Ryan Henshaw and Kreshnic Krasniqi and one a piece for Luke Callander, Juan Luque and new signing James Baker on a night to remember at the Aspen Waite Arena.

It was a fourth straight win for Jody Brown’s side and made it a staggering 21 goals for and four against during that 12 point haul.

And it was the third biggest win in Swifts’ history with club secretary Chris Daines confirming the club beat AD-Astra Sports 12-0 in a South Essex League match in 1950, and Redbridge 11-0 in Ryman One North in 2012.

The three points meant the hosts finished the night 12th in the Bostik North table and the visitors bottom.

Brown said: “A fast start was key, it makes a huge difference and opens the game up from the start.

“The ground staff worked wonders to get the game on and probably cringed every time there was a slide tackle made. But hopefully the performance was reward for their efforts.

“It’s another three points and a good team performance in testing conditions, but we now move on and start preparing for our game with Witham on Friday.

“I hope Romford pick themselves up and put a strong run in together now. And they’re a side capable of doing so, as their results against Hornchurch and Maldon suggest.”

It was a blistering first-half display that saw the hosts seven goals ahead at the break.

Heavy rain during the day put the game in doubt but excellent work by the Swifts ground staff made the pitch playable and avoided any further fixture headaches for club secretary Chris Daines.

As with Saturday’s win over Brentwood, Swifts got off to the perfect start with a penalty spot opener from Callander after Ben Griffiths was upended on the edge of the box.

Luque made it 2-0 on 13 minutes after playing a great one-two with Callander on the edge of the box before slotting home.

It was soon 3-0 when the lively Chatting’s wicked near post corner deceived Boro keeper Rod Budd at the near post and went in.

The fourth goal was a towering header from Henshaw from a corner kept up the central defender’s impressive recent scoring record.

A superb half volley from Krasniqi flew past the visiting keeper after a cross was only partially cleared to make it 5-0.

And the all-action midfielder then scored again soon after with a deft chip over Bubb when the ball was squared to him by Callander.

Chatting hit the seventh on the stroke of half-time when he followed up from close range after the keeper parried a Luque shot.

The second half more sedate as the pitch started to cut up badly and the young Romford outfit battled bravely and got a goal back on 74 minutes when Ben Clarke followed up from close range after a shot came back off keeper Danny Sambridge’s post.

But Swifts moved up a gear as Henshaw grabbed his second with a close range left-foot strike from a cross from the left.

Then late sub Sam Ashford, a new signing from Brightlingsea, and Baker combined for the latter to head home at the far post to make it 9-1.

Swifts are now one of the form teams in the division and will look ahead to Friday night’s derby game at Witham.