Heybridge Swifts end losing streak with a stalemate at Ware
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Ware 0 Heybridge Swifts 0
Heybridge Swifts halted their losing streak, but were still unable to conjure up a winner against hosts Ware in a Bostik North stalemate at Wodson Park in Hertfordshire tonight.
Without a win since a New Year’s Day triumph over Bowers & Pitsea, Jody Brown’s men did at least manage to end their five-game losing run, although they have now not scored in five league fixtures.
Both sides struck the woodwork in an improved second half, with Ryan Henshaw coming desperately close to bagging an injury-time winner for the Swifts, only for his shot to cannon back off a post.
It was a very tight first period, although Ware, fresh from back-to-back wins over Romford and Ware, had the better of the chances.
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Swifts keeper Danny Sambridge made a couple of smart saves inside the first 12 minutes.
He did well to tip a snap shot by Yannick Kamanan over the bar after just three minutes, and then produced a terrific reflex save with his leg to keep out a header by Kamanan from point blank range.
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Joe Gardner lifted a 20-yarder over the bar on 18 minutes, but the visitors never threatened home keeper Garry Malone before half-time.
A low cross by Luke Callender was cut out by defender Damien Green, before Harrison Chatting could pounce, and midfielder Chatting then lifted a 25-yarder over the top just two minutes before half-time.
Into the second half and when substitute Lewis Godbold committed a foul in the 75th minute, Kamanan’s free-kick took a deflection off the defensive wall and rebounded off the post, with Sambridge rooted to the spot.
But the Swifts were the better team in the second period, substitute Juan Luque capping a strong run with a shot that flew wide of the far post.
And in stoppage time, from a corner routine, centre-half Henshaw’s low shot beat Malone but struck the inside of the post and rolled to safety.
The Swifts stay in 18th spot, but still have another 25 games to play this season.