Rebels Held By Swifts

Slough Town

Slough Town

Marshall (63)
Heybridge Swifts

Heybridge Swifts

Wall (11)
League Attendance: 356 Paul Barrowcliff
A equaliser midway through the second half by returning striker Dwight Marshall boosted the Rebels chances of avoiding the drop as they picked up a much needed point against Essex side Heybridge Swifts.

With Leon Townley, Steve Daly, Dwight Marshall, Dave Timothy and Junior Haynes returning to the side in place of Chris White, Steve Black, Chris Allen and Paul Coombs the Rebels seemed to have a much better shape to their side.

They had the first strike on goal after only six minutes. Paul Barrowcliff picked the ball up in midfield, evaded a challenge from Mark Kane and shot inches past Kingsley Banks right hand post.
But despite the promising start the Rebels soon were under pressure. Strikers Kris Lee and Simon Parker were causing the home defence all kinds of problems with their power and pace.

And it was Lee who was needlessly fouled by Steve Stott in the area after eleven minutes. Colin Wall stepped up but his spot kick was well saved by Steve Mautone, Wall had the presence of mind to though follow up and net the rebound.

The Rebels soon had a chance to equalise though. A clever flick by Marshall fell kindly into the path of makeshift striker Junior Haynes. Haynes' shot through was well saved by visiting keeper Banks with his left leg and diverted to safety.

The remainder of the half was a fairly scrappy affair with chances few and far between. The last chance of the half though fell to Heybridge's Kris Lee, but Lee's strike well saved by Mautone

The Rebels improved in the second half, but their momentum was being ruined by a fussy referee who seemed to stop the game every five minutes for injuries. On 63 minutes Slough equalised. Paul Barrowcliff played an excellent ball through to Dwight Marshall who found himself through on goal with Banks to beat and he calmly flicked the ball with the outside of his foot into the Heybridge net.

Slough at this stage looking the more likely winners, with Swifts somewhat short of ideas. Manager Steve Browne tried to grab a late winner by throwing on Damien Markman who impressed with the remainder of the game he was on the pitch, but never really threatened the Heybridge goal. A point for each side was quite clearly the correct result. Heybridge had the best of the first half and Slough the second.

Heybridge Swifts Lineup

Banks, Wall, Wiles, Kane, Waters, Pollard, Payne, Parker (Warwick, 63 mins), Gillespie, Lee, Tomlinson (Caton, 90 mins)


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