SWIFTS responded to Saturday’s unlucky defeat at the league leaders with an assured display in their first meeting of the season with Soham Town.
After a fortuitous Connor Hogan goal gave Hornchurch three points on the weekend, Swifts got a slice of luck of their own on Tuesday night when an own goal by keeper Josh Pope gave them the lead.
Juan Luque brilliantly beat his markers before his low cross was initially blocked by Pope, who then inadvertently fumbled the ball into his own net after it had come back off a defender.
Harrison Chatting hit the second from close range in the 49th minute, and Luke Callander headed home the third just before the hour mark.
The result seemed safe by the time Town centre-half Lee Chaffey was sent off for a late challenge on Joe Gardner on 68 minutes.
It means Swifts are two points clear of seventh-placed Maldon, who came from behind to beat Barking 3-1, with two games in hand on the Jammers.
Swifts boss Jody Brown told today’s #SwiftsCast: “It’s a pleasing three points because if you look at Soham’s home record this, they have beaten Haringey convincingly, they beat Canvey convincingly.
“So it is not easy there and it was one of those games I looked at on paper and knew people outside the dressing room would be thinking it was three points and ticking it off.
“But I knew it would be a difficult one so we’re really pleased to have come through it.”
Heybridge are back in action on Thursday evening at home to second-placed Potters Bar town.