Swifts show squad strength with point against the Scholars

SWIFTS showed their strength in-depth as a changed side earned a valuable point at home to second-placed Potters Bar.

Heybridge manager Jody Brown opted to rest Luke Callander, Juan Luque, Jack Cawley, Kreshnic Krasniqi and Ben Griffiths on Thursday evening following their gruelling recent schedule, but still saw his team come away with a draw from a high tempo game.

In front of a bumper 271-crowd at the Aspen Waite Arena, Swifts restricted the free-scoring Scholars to one late shot on target, with Toby Stevenson making an impressive return from injury at left back.

Swifts edged the first half and Lewis Godbold had an early close-range effort blocked by keeper Berkley Laurencin, while Matt Price also went close with a first-half header.

Heybridge sub Juan Luque nearly made an immediate impact with a long-range shot which keeper Laurencin clung onto at the second attempt, on a night when there were eight bookings.

Swifts are now second in the division’s form guide for the last six games and have only conceded two goals in that run.

New Swifts skipper and centre back James Baker, and recent signing Ahmed Abdulla (pictured) in midfield, have been hugely influential in that sequence of results.

The point firmed up sixth-placed Swifts’ Bostik North play-off place and they will look to build on it when Tilbury visit Scraley Road on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off.