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Understrength Heybridge Swifts routed by Braintree Town
10:25am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
BRAINTREE Town made a comfortable journey into the fourth round of the Essex Senior Cup as they did all the damage in the first half at Scraley Road.
Both sides fielded under strength sides but Braintree still had some Conference standard players as they took hold of the game to progress into the next round as they beat Ryman League division one north Heybridge Swifts 7-0.
Braintree opened the scoring with a shot from Liam Enver-Marum from 18 yards.
The Conference side doubled their lead on 16 minutes as Luke Daley lofted the ball from midfield to send Jordan Cox clear on goal to calmly finish past Peter Haxell.
Braintree threatened a third when Marum flashed a shot a foot wide from the edge of the area while at the other end there was a brighter moment for Heybridge as new signing Sam Bantick saw his cushioned header drop wide on 24 minutes.
The Iron should have extended their lead on the half hour as Cox beat keeper Haxell to a corner only to see his bullet header go wide.
Braintree did extend their lead minutes later when Dan Holman threaded the ball square for Cox.
He missed his kick but was able to run onto the loose ball and went down over the outstretched hands of Haxell for a penalty.
Brad Quinton then converted the spot-kick.
It was 4-0 ten minutes before the break as Holman met a cross to side foot home from 16 yards.
Heybridge striker Luke Callander was unlucky not to get on the score-sheet late on in the half as he curled a free-kick inches over from 28 yards It was becoming a rout as Braintree made it five on 39 minutes as Daley found Holman just outside the box and he fired into the bottom corner.
Holman completed his hat-trick on 57 minutes when he struck from 20 yards.
Both sides made second half changes and while Heybridge kept Braintree at bay for a while, the seventh goal eventually came as Terrell Miller smacked home a drive from the right side with 12 minutes remaining to wrap up a resounding victory for the Conference side.
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