Victories for Heybridge Swifts and Maldon and Tiptree but Burnham Ramblers loses out against Witham Town (From Gazette)
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Victories for Heybridge Swifts and Maldon and Tiptree but Burnham Ramblers loses out against Witham Town
11:00am Sunday 23rd March 2014 in Sport
TEN-MAN Heybridge Swifts fought back to snatch a late win at Aveley.
With only three minutes left in the game the visitors snatched a 2-1 win in their Ryman One North encounter.
Swifts had added Reece Harris to their squad, who has joined until the end of the season from Concord Rangers, and the winger was the first to get sight of goal, firing over after ten minutes.
There was very little action on goal in the first half but the game livened up after the break.
Danny Barber was sent off for a deliberate hand ball in the box and Aveley took the lead when Petrit Elbi fired home the resultant penalty on 61 minutes.
But Heybridge fought back and equalised on 79 minutes when Dumebi Dumaka scored.
Heybridge had the a slip by the Aveley keeper Steve Sutton to thank for finding the winner on 87 minutes when he failed to a Chris Bryan cross, Dave Wareham pounced from close range to fire home.
Witham Town continued their title push with a 2-1 win at Burnham Ramblers.
However, it was the home side at Leslie Field that had the upper hand throughout most of the game.
Witham, though, took the lead when Kris Newby turned and powered the ball into the back of the net on 31 minutes.
The visitors then doubled their lead on 66 minutes when Tom Wraight made it 2-0 from close range.
Burnham tried hard to find a way back into the game and they cut the deficit when Jay Kynaston scored but they were unable to get an equaliser.
Maldon and Tiptree managed to grab a win at Tilbury by a single goal.
Maldon had a chance to open the scoring on four minutes but they didn’t have to wait too long before they broke the deadlock.
A long ball forward on 11 minutes found Leon McKensie and he fired home past keeper James Marrable.
Tilbury were incensed before the break when they had shouts for a penalty waved away when it appeared a Maldon defender had handled the ball in the box.
In the second half, Maldon controlled the game and denied the home side any real threat on goal and held on for the win.
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