Heybridge Swifts keeping it positive as Brown looks for the momentum

Heybridge manager, Jody Brown Picture : RICHARD MARSHAM

Heybridge manager, Jody Brown Picture : RICHARD MARSHAM

Heybridge Swifts boss Jody Brown says his team are keeping it positive as they head into the final six weeks of the season with everything to play for.

The Swifts, thanks to their excellent FA Cup and FA Trophy runs this season, have fallen way behind with their Bostik North fixtures.

Indeed, they still have 15 matches to play – three a week until the end of the season!

It’s a cruel and demanding schedule. But the battling Swifts, having lost just one of their last eight league games, are on the edge of the play-off picture.

Tomorrow night they entertain Waltham Abbey at Scraley Road, before travelling to Ram Meadow to play Bury Town on Thursday. On Saturday they are at home to Haringey Borough. Three games in five days, but that’s the way it’s going to be.

“It’s that old cliché about taking one game at a time, but quite honestly, we have to,” said Brown.

“We are just being as positive as possible. It would be very easy for us to start using all the games we have to play as excuses. But I won’t have that.

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“We have a chance to build momentum. One week for us is now a big thing because it can grab us nine points.

“If we can do that this week, we could well be in a play-off place come the weekend.

“It’s tough of course it is. Last week I named the same starting XI for the three games we had in a week. But we are getting a few players back now and that will help.”

The Swifts have enjoyed a fantastic season up to now, getting to the FA Cup first round, as well as the FA Trophy second round.

Crowds are up at Scraley Road.

“I think our average gate is about 100 up on last season and our fans have been superb,” Brown said.

“It’s not just at home, on our travels as well. We are second in the league on average attendances at away grounds. But then again we are taking 50 or so fans to away games. It makes a huge difference to the players to know they have so many in support.”

Meanwhile, Maldon & Tiptree currently hold the last play-off position in Bostik North.

They face a tough test against Potters Bar tomorrow night before entertaining Bury Town at home on Saturday. Also tomorrow, Mildenhall travel to Brentwood in Bostik North, Witham entertain Norwich United.

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