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Heybridge Swifts defeat visiting Tilbury
10:10am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
HEYBRIDGE Swifts returned to Ryman One North action with a 3-2 win against visiting Tilbury.
The home side had an early chance on Tuesday night to go ahead when Michael Cheek was denied by Chico Ramos after seven minutes.
Ben Newson saw a shot smothered six minutes later by Ramos.
But Heybridge opened the scoring in the 18th minute after Aaron Greene was tripped by Rimmel Daniel in the box.
The 18-year-old fired in his penalty and despite Ramos getting both hands to the ball it went through his gloves and into the net.
Tilbury hit an equaliser on 27 minutes as Francis Babalola side-footed home.
However, just before the break, a header by defender Sam West fell to the feet of new-signing Sam Bantick, on for the injured Ben Newson, but his effort was denied by the legs of keeper Ramos.
From the corner, Ryan Doyle nipped in to touch the ball in with the top of his shoulder for a 2-1 half-time lead.
Heybridge made the perfect start to the second half when Cheek smashed a left-foot shot in the bottom corner just three minutes after the break.
Neil Cousins replaced a hobbling Robbie King, who may now be a doubt for Saturday’s FA Trophy match against his former club Canvey Island.
Tilbury pulled a goal back on 65 minutes as substitute Piers Wixon connected perfectly for a volley into the bottom left corner.
The visitors had three chances in the last ten minutes to pull level but they couldn’t convert them.
Keeper Nick Eyre caught a shot under his bar from James Zanelli, Hastings blocked a shot from Weemes while Swifts were breathing a sigh of relief on 89 minutes as Zanelli drove a mid-height shot from 22 yards that flashed agonisingly wide of the post for the visitors.
Heybridge should have added a fourth in stoppage time but Russell Malton was denied by Ramos, who beat away a shot right at him, and Cheek shot inches over with seconds remaining.
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