RESULT: Heybridge Swifts 3-2 Basildon United
COMPETITION: Bostik North
DATE: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
VENUE: Aspen Waite Arena
SCORERS (MINUTE): Luke Wilson (62 pen), Matt Price (73 pen), Kreshnic Krasniqi (86) / Stuart Zanone (28), Rhys Fatt (39)
IN A NUTSHELL: A battling second half gave Swifts a dramatic victory after they trailed 2-0 at half time to a plucky Basildon side.
KEY ACTION: Swifts dominated possession in the first half but were shocked on 28 minutes when a break saw Zanone beat the offside and go past keeper Chris Haigh before slotting Basildon into the lead. And the visitors doubled their advantage ten minutes later when Rhys Flatt intercepted a poor square pass from to race away and slot home. Swifts boss Julian Dicks had some harsh words for his side at half time and brought on Harrison Chatting for Dan Walker. And the hosts got a lifeline just after the hour mark when Krasniqi was tripped for a penalty. Basildon defender Hodgson was shown a red card for his protests against the decision. Swifts centre back Luke Wilson stepped up to crash the spot kick home emphatically. Dicks then brought on striker Price for midfielder Elliott Ronto and were soon level, this time from a Price penalty after a cross was handled. And Heybridge completed the turnaround with four minutes to go when Krasniqi (pictured celebrating his winner by Alan Edmonds) smashed home a winner at the near post after a clever lay off by Price.
SWIFTS STAR MAN: Chris Millar. A solid display in an important win.
SWIFTS DEBUTS: None.
INJURY CONCERNS: None.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 8/10
NEXT MATCH: Mildenhall Town (home), Bostik North, Saturday, February 9, 3pm KO.