Chatting class moves Swifts within striking distance of the play-off places

Gary White

SWIFTS moved to within three points of the play-off places with their third win in six days. 

Victory at 11th-placed Bury Town on Thursday night would now move Jody Brown’s side into the top six with several games in hand on their promotion rivals.

The win against the Abbotts came after an excellent second half performance at a cold Aspen Waite Arena on Tuesday.

Defences dominated the first half proceedings, with Swifts bringing back Ryan Henshaw following a three-match suspension, and he proved to be a strong central defensive partner for ex-Sudbury team-mate James Baker.

Heybridge’s danger man was Harrison Chatting and his passing and movement was again the cause of most problems for the visitors.

The constant runs and energy levels of Swifts left back Guillem Ramon were also a threat, while Kreshnic Krasniqi again impressed at right back.

Swifts’ ground staff again did an excellent job on the pitch after the pressure of relentless recent fixtures and bad weather.

That made for good passing football and Swifts took a 48th-minute lead.

Excellent work from Krasniqi down the right saw him square for Matt Price, whose close range effort was superbly saved by young keeper Hugo Rossetti, only for Chatting to net the rebound.

Swifts doubled their advantage on 55 minutes when Krasniqi fired in an excellent volley from the edge of the area as the visitors struggled to clear a corner.

Swifts’ slick passing game kept a near 200-strong crowd entertained and they made it 3-0 late on when Chatting took the ball down the by-line and beat two men before slipping the ball past the keeper from an acute angle. (That goal is pictured above).

The in-form Essex side will now face Bury, Haringey Borough and Cheshunt on Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday, respectively.