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First Team - Match centre

Heybridge Swifts
Mildenhall Town
Unknown (17', 27')
Full time
C Bacon (77')
Sat 12 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 172


The Hall Open Season with Defeat in Pulsating Encounter at the Scarley Road Stadium

A new season, and the first new ground..Heybridge is a small town near Malden in Essex, and their ground is very nice...two decent stands, and tidy clubhouse and decent burgers. The journey with the Bartons (1,2 and 3) was fine once we turned back from Fiveways.

In reality, it was no further than say Clacton or Wivenhoe but there are at least 4 ways to get there, and we tried bits of all of them. We arrived with half an hour to spare, and managed to have a little relaxation before the game started.

New season, new physio, Georgie, new management (Liam Bull and Shaun) although I understand Dean will be back on Tuesday, new players, Curry, Kerrins, Taylor, Roach, Avis and Chambers Shaw, and a feeling of a new beginning for us.

We soon found out what this league is about, as Swifts set about us with intent, playing sharp football, leaving us trailing in their wake. It wasn't long before they went ahead through Reece Grant who burst through a flat defence, and slotted past Roach with a cool finish.

Swifts continued to dominate, and soon doubled their lead after 37 minutes through Grant again with another top notch finish.
I looked at the Apicellas and we were thinking the same thing...this is something different to say the least.

Half time came and went, with Chelsea being 3 down at home to Burnley, so it was not only us slow out of the blocks.

Second half saw us revert to the old 442, with Simmo coming on for Taylor. After 4 minutes we had a real chance with Dan Brown bringing a save out of their keeper.

What was happening? We were getting into it now, we were starting to dominate. Josh Curry was starting to get on top of trappy Kyle Walker lookalike Reece Grant on our side, and Hall were now getting a toehold in the contest.

Bacon then was introduced for Avis.., winning headers, winning corners, we were getting right into this, goal line clearances, if only we could get one, we might have a chance. The referee, who was dishing out plenty of cards to 'dirty Hall' relented, and awarded us a penalty with 15 minutes to go.

Up stepped the rejuvenated Bacon to slot the ball home with their goalkeeper scrabbling on the turf in the opposite corner. Perhaps he had lost a contact lens or something.

The final twist was the sending off of KERRINS for a second offence as he brought down his opponent high up the pitch. It was really the first foul that cost him, 89 minutes earlier, that made him walk a tightrope for so long.

The referee added 5 minutes, of uneventful overtime, and that was that.

The Swifts supporters said that we did well and should do well this season. There was certainly grounds for optimism with the second half performance, but I can tell you that if this first match is anything to go by, this league will be tough..but we will learn quickly, and it will be exciting. The quality of football was there to see.

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Key moments

Goal Goal for Heybridge Swifts
Goal Goal for Heybridge Swifts
Goal Chris Bacon scores for Mildenhall Town


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77:00 Goal 2 - 1
Chris Bacon scores for Mildenhall Town
End of period 1
27:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for Heybridge Swifts
17:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Heybridge Swifts
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Heybridge Swifts
  • Mildenhall Town
  • 0
  • Goal 17:00'
  • Goal 27:00'
  • Chris Bacon Goal 77:00'

Team selection

Roach, Sam Roach, Sam
Curry, Josh Curry, Josh
Butcher, Luke Butcher, Luke
Kerins, Jake Kerins, Jake
Brown, Jacob Brown, Jacob
Taylor, Ross Taylor, Ross
Green, Matt Green, Matt
Asensi, Joseph Asensi, Joseph
Chambers-Shaw, Jake Chambers-Shaw, Jake
Avis, Shaun Avis, Shaun
Brown, Dan Brown, Dan

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Waltham Abbey 46 49
19. Cheshunt 46 49
20. Ware 46 48
21. Brentwood Town 46 46
22. Mildenhall Town 46 46
23. Romford 46 41
24. Norwich United 46 40

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