RESULT: Grays Athletic 0-1 Heybridge Swifts
COMPETITION: Bostik North
DATE: Saturday, December 1, 2018
SCORERS (MINUTE): Matt Price (26)
IN A NUTSHELL: Swifts fought hard to claim an excellent victory at in-form Grays in a feisty encounter at Parkside. A gritty defensive display showed the strength and character manager Julian Dicks has brought to the side with seven wins from his nine games since arriving two months ago. And it moved Swifts back into the play-off places. Dicks was rightly pleased with the resilience and discipline shown by his young side against his former club. Central defensive pairing Toib Adeyemi and Luke Wilson (pictured above by Alan Edmonds) were immense and midfielder Jack Adlington once again looked impressive alongside Chatting and Spanish midfielder Odei Martin.
KEY ACTION: Swifts took the lead against the run of play when an excellent run and one-two by the ever lively Harrison Chatting saw his through ball slipped past home keeper by Matt Price on 26 minutes. Grays hit the post from a fine run and shot by winger Joao Carlos, who was making his 350th appearance for the club. The game started to get niggly with former Swifts men Alberto Pinto and Michael Toner involved in strong but fair tackles before Pinto was sent off for an off the ball incident spotted by the linesman just before the beak. In the second half neither team really created any clear chances with opposing central defenders dominating but Grays broke through in the dying moments only for Chris Haigh to save well once more.
SWIFTS STAR MAN: Luke Wilson. The experienced centre-half was key in another clean sheet.
SWIFTS DEBUTS: None.
INJURY CONCERNS: Dan Walker (knee), Charlie Kendall (thigh).
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 7/10
NEXT MATCH: Tilbury (home), Bostik North, Saturday, December 8, 3pm KO.