Jammers crash to derby defeat
By dave garwood
Three goals in the first 16 minutes virtually assured an impressive Heybridge Swifts of a local derby win against near neighbours Maldon and Tiptree
Heybridge Swifts FC v Maldon and Tiptree FC Bostik League One North Monday 28 August 2017
On a fine sunny day any Jammers hopes of getting off to a good start to their local derby game were dashed after just 3 minutes when home central defender Ryan Henshaw, virtually unchallenged, got up well to head home Sam Bantick's right wing corner. The Jammers defence was all at sixes and sevens just 9 minutes later when a long ball forward saw Luke Callander gain possession with little challenge before playing in the onrushing Harrison Chatting and he ran clear to easily beat visiting keeper Andy Walker. No lessons seemed to have been learned and the visitors were punished again after 16 minutes when Chatting was allowed to get through a couple of defenders and despite seeming to lose possession he still managed to get the ball to Bantick who bundled the ball home at the near post. The home side continued to get through the visitors defence almost at will and Chatting did well down the right before getting a dangerous cross over that visiting defender Nicholas Akoto just cleared at the expense of a corner then Callander ran free to go on but his shot lacked strength and Walker was able to make the save. The visitors then got in their first direct effort on goal when Matt Lock (pictured) fired in a free kick from wide on the right that home keeper Jack Giddens just got over his bar then Lock headed the resultant corner over. Maldon and Tiptree's Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe then went close when he headed Johnville Renee's cross just wide. Heybridge's plan of dropping back into their own half when the Jammers were in possession saw the visitors play some good, neat football with sharp quick passes but in the two most important areas, the two penalty boxes, they lacked strength and awareness as opposed to the experienced Swifts pair of Ryan Henshaw and Lewis Dark in defence and Luke Callander up front. As the half ended another long ball saw the Jammers defence all at sea again as Juan Luque went easily down the left before hitting a fine cross shot that flew just wide of the far post. Maldon and Tiptree just managed to seek the sanctity of the dressing room without conceding any further at half time where Jammers boss Kevin Horlock would need all his know how for his team to get anything out of this game.
Half time Heybridge Swifts 3 maldon and Tiptree 0
The start of the second half went reasonably well for the visitors considering the first part of the first half and just Bantick's strong run and cross from the right caused any problems for them. As the half progressed the visitors were still not able to make much progress against the home defence although again they did well in midfield and up to the home sides penalty area. In fact it was the Swifts who should have moved further ahead twice within 5 minutes when home substitute Marley Andrews played in Callander to only need to beat keeper Walker but both times the Jammers man pulled off great diving blocks to deny his opponent. Maldon and Tiptree's Ogedi-Uzokwe then saw his 20 metre drive well held by Jack Giddens in the Swifts goal before any hopes of a Jammers revival were dashed when Nicholas Akoto was controversially shown a straight red card for an offence off the ball. After only just coping with 11 men the visitors were not able to manage with only ten and Heybridge scored again when another long ball forward found Callander and he played in substitute Joe Gardner to brush off two defenders before easily beating Walker. Maldon and Tiptree's Chris Millar then got a rare effort on goal after a good run forward but Giddens got down well to hold the shot before the Swifts went to a nap hand of goals from the penalty spot after further substitute Joshua Fagbohun had been tripped in the penalty box. He picked himself up to confidently beat Walker with a firm shot into the corner.
The size and manner of this win will put the spotlight on Heybridge now but with their strong blend of experience should be looking to at least a play off place or better while Maldon and Tiptree youngsters need to quickly get up to speed to learn about life in this league and realise no one will do them any favours.
Final Score Heybridge Swifts FC 5 Maldon and Tiptree FC 0
Jack Giddens, Guillem Ramon, Ben Sampayo, Ben Griffiths, Ryan Henshaw, Lewis Dark, Harrison Chatting (Joe Gardner 72), Lewis Godbold, Luke Callander (Joshua Fagbohun81), Sam Bantick (Marley Andrews 61), Juan Luque
Reece Conway, Harry Morgan
Maldon and Tiptree FC
Andy Walker, Nicholas Akoto, Ryan Gondoh, Matt Lock, Emmanuel Udoji, Joshua Pollard (George Forrest 46), Suliaman Bah (Alfie Rowland 62), Johnville Renee (Harvey Brown 87), Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, Chris Millar, Kieran Bailey.