8:00am Saturday 17th August 2013
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS boss Mark Hawkes says star striker Luke Callander will be fit for today’s Ryman One North match at home to fellow high-fliers Needham Market.
The front man came off late in Tuesday’s 5-2 victory at home to Waltham Abbey.
However, Hawkes said the decision to withdraw him was nothing more than precautionary.
“Luke was complaining of a bit of tightness,” he said.
“It meant we were down to ten men and had the game not been safe, he would have stayed on.
“But it was just precautionary and there’s no point taking risks.
“Luke’s a big, influential player and we don’t want to lose him for one game, let along three or four.”
Something will have to give today as both sides have pocketed maximum points from their opening two games.
Hawkes expects the teams to go at each other “hammer and tongs” and says he has respect for Needham boss Mark Morsley.
“Mark’s sides always went to get the ball down and pass it,” he said.
“They play very good football and he’s got a very strong squad.
“Needham are one of the title favourites so both teams will be prepared for a very tough game and to go hammer and tongs at each other.”
Elsewhere in Ryman One North today, MALDON & TIPTREE – thumped at Wroxham in midweek – will be aiming to get back on track at Cheshunt.
WITHAM TOWN are at home to Thurrock who were relegated last season.
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