RESULT: Great Wakering 3-2 Heybridge Swifts
COMPETITION: Bostik North
DATE: Saturday, November 17, 2018
VENUE: Burroughs Park
SCORERS (MINUTE): Jake Gordon (8 pen, 49)
Billy Johnson (33) / Odei Martin-Sorondo (15), Kreshnic Krasniqi (82)
IN A NUTSHELL: Swifts suffered a first defeat under Julian Dicks in a tight match at Burroughs Park. The visitors took issue with several decisions from the officials but it was also an off-day for a Heybridge team which has been in terrific form.
KEY ACTION: It was a quiet start before Swifts defender Alieu Njie conceded a penalty which was converted by Jake Gordon. Kreshnic Krasniqi and Dan Walker went close for the visitors before they drew level when Krasniqi delivered a great cross which was headed home by Odei Martin. Skipper Krasniqi (pictured above by Alan Edmonds) then had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for a debatable offside. Wakering regained their lead when Billy Johnson headed home and added a third soon after the restart when Gordon took advantage of poor Swifts defending. Hopes of a comeback were dented further when Swifts striker Matt Price was sent off in the 75th minute for an alleged kick. And although Krasniqi headed home a late corner to give Swifts a chance, Rovers held on.
SWIFTS STAR MAN: Odei Martin. The Spaniard stood out on a day when the team was far from its best.
SWIFTS DEBUTS: Jordy Mongoy.
INJURY CONCERNS: None.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 5/10
NEXT MATCH: Barking (home), Bostik North, Saturday, November 24, 3pm KO.