SWIFTS boss Jody Brown was happy to see his side pick up a vital three points and clean sheet after Tuesday’s trip to a high-calibre Cheshunt side.
Heybridge icon Luke Callander came off the bench with 20 minutes to go and netted the only goal of the game a minute later to ensure his side completed a league double over the Ambers this season.
It was Swifts’ first away win since early December and moved them to within two points of the top six ahead of Thursday night’s visit of fourth-placed Canvey Island.
That mouth-watering Essex derby with the Gulls will be Heybridge’s 58th game of an already unforgettable campaign.
Brown said: “Make no mistake – Cheshunt are a tough opponent, they have only lost four from their last 12 games, and two of those are against us.
“And that’s the first time Cheshunt haven’t scored in 14 games, dating back to New Year’s Day I think, so we are very pleased with the clean sheet too.
“I thought Jason Hallet was a real handful and I don’t think many Bostik league sides could draft in Matt Briggs at short notice. So this was a big result at an important time for us.
“Luke Callander made an impact from the bench again for us, and our keeper Jake Jessup made a very special save – which was at least equal to a goal – in terms of influencing the result.”
Swifts battled hard to earn a win away at a fast improving Cheshunt side who had picked up good results recently under the leadership of new manager Craig Edwards.
Swifts started well and a good cross from Harrison Chatting flashed across the face of the goal, while the hosts, with ex Swifts man Ricky Sappleton and skipper for the night, looking comfortable at the back.
Cheshunt looked dangerous on the break and an excellent run by winger and new recruit Matt Briggs was well tracked by Chatting.
Experienced home striker Jason Hallett was well marshalled by Swifts central defenders Ryan Henshaw and James Baker, who are forming a good partnership once more.
Matt Price nearly put the Swifts ahead when a short back pass from Sappleton was latched on to by the striker but his shot was blocked and cleared off the line.
The second half opened up and the hosts pushed forward more with Hallett looking dangerous and bringing a superb double save by Jessup.
Sam Ashford had a good 20 yard strike well saved by keeper Harry Girling as Swifts started to look dangerous on the break.
And the crucial goal came on 69 minutes when Callander volleyed home at the far post from a corner with a shot that deceived Girling and crept over the line.
Price had a close range effort well saved by the home keeper and Swifts held out from an aerial onslaught from Cheshunt with Jessup handling well and dominating his penalty area.
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