Henshaw strikes late again at Norwich to set up thrilling final day

Gary White

SWIFTS defender Ryan Henshaw produced one of his trademark late winners for a win at Norwich United on Tuesday night which sets up a thrilling final day in prospect.

A win for Heybridge at home to Soham on Saturday could see them finish as high as second in the division, although they will be relying on an unlikely set of results elsewhere to make that a reality.

Swifts manager Jody Brown said: “We experimented with a formation and started well, but definitely lost our way.

“It was important to us to uphold the integrity of the league and give a good account of ourselves as we very aware that Norwich could relegate Romford with a point. And I reminded our players that we were Romford last year and were reliant on teams being honest.

“We didn’t play well but we gave it everything and even threw four up front for the last ten minutes to push for the win.

“I’m glad we won and I’m pleased to see Ryan Henshaw come off the bench and score another late winner.

“If Norwich did go down, which I doubt they will, it certainly illustrates the league’s strength because they’re a decent side.”

Swifts again proved their never say die attitude in securing a dramatic late winner at a wet and windy Plantation Park in Norwich.

A defensive slip up from Swifts on 75 minutes had seen the Essex side lose possession in their own half and they were punished by an amazing strike from prolific home striker Adam Hipperson, who scored with a shot from his own half when he spotted keeper Danny Sambridge off his line.

That looked like it would seal a point for the hosts, easing any lingering relegation fears, before Swifts pushed for a winner, which came when Henshaw atoned for his earlier error when he rose majestically at the far post to head home an excellent corner by Sam Ashford with three minutes to go.

Swifts were put under pressure early on by a side also with a lot at stake who belied their lowly position, seemingly there due to too many drawn matches.

The vistitors took a 38th-minute lead when a Juan Luque free kick was headed against the bar by Luke Callander.

Matt Price was quickly on to the rebound and his strike was going wide until diverted home by centre back James Baker from close range.

Swifts then got into their stride, playing fluent attacking football which has been their trademark this season, but were stunned by Hipperson’s 75th-minute wonder strike.

And Heybridge’s away away following – once again vociferous in cheering on and driving the attacks forward – were sent into raptures when Henshaw scored to secure a fourth away win on the trot.

Swifts have lost only once in their last 11 games ahead of Saturday’s final league game against visitors Soham Town.