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Rivals Heybridge and Maldon share points after goal-less draw
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 0
MALDON AND TIPTREE 0
Ryman One North
RIVALS Heybridge and Maldon had to settle for a point apiece after today’s Bank Holiday stalemate at Scraley Road.
Both sides had chances during a hard-fought and typically feisty derby affair.
But neither was able to break the deadlock and claim three valuable Ryman One North points.
Maldon were reduced to ten men midway through the second half, when striker Ryan Wade was red-carded for an alleged elbow on Taylor Hastings.
Swifts’ Ryan Doyle was also given his marching orders in stoppage time, having picked up his second booking.
Terry Spillane’s visitors had made a bright start, in terms of possession, but it was Swifts who created the first chance of note, after 13 minutes.
Defender Ryan Doyle connected with a cross but sent his bullet header wide of the far post.
Maldon’s Ollie Berquez then went close with a header of his own, diving to connect with a deep right-wing cross but unable to direct his effort on target.
Swifts finished the half more strongly, with two more headed efforts.
Luke Callander sent an effort over and then Robbie King met Danny Barber’s corner – only to see his downward effort shovelled off the line by a Maldon defender.
Ben Newson was tackled in the nick of time by Ade Osifuwa, just as he shaped to shoot, before two decent chances in quick succession for Maldon.
First, Berquez ghosted past Doyle and saw his drilled effort from a tight angle parried by Nick Eyre.
TJ Amass then reacted quickly to clear the loose ball.
Glenn Golby then sent another glancing header just wide after meeting Kevin McLeod’s free-kick.
Newson had a chance for Swifts, forcing a low, one-handed save from Richard Wray.
And sandwiched in between the red cards, Swifts substitute Tom Holdstock sent a header just wide after meeting Barber’s cross.
Swifts: Eyre, Doyle, Barber, King, Hastings, Amass, Malton (Cousins 74), Dobinson, Callander (Cheek 46), Greene (Holdstock 83), Newson.
Not used: Moore, Haxell.
Maldon: Wray, Osifuwa, Spillane, Johnson, Golby, Toner, Stevenson (Everitt 87), Dark, Wade, McLeod (Gardner 71), Berquez (Pinto 71).
Not used: Gorbell, Leabon.
Referee: Carl Pearse.
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