HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS’ relegation fears intensified as they dipped to fourth from bottom in Ryman League division north, despite gaining a point at Norwich United.
Jody Brown’s men led twice before drawing 2-2.
However, they dropped to 21st in the table and only a superior goal difference is keeping them above Ware, in the last relegation spot, after the Hertfordshire side won 3-2 at Wroxham.
Both Swifts and Ware are on 48 points, while Soham Town Rangers have 49, Brentwood Town 50 and Thamesmead Town and Waltham Abbey 51.
Abbey and Brentwood both won on their travels while Soham picked up a point against Tilbury.
Reece Grant was the two-goal hero for Heybridge, putting them ahead in the 13th minute.
Norwich soon equalised through Tim Henery, but Grant quickly scored again to make it 2-1.
All three goals came in the space of seven minutes and there was more drama when Liam Jackson converted a penalty just before the half-hour mark.
Swifts will now resume their battle for survival when they make the short journey to MALDON AND TIPTREE on Monday afternoon.
The Jammers warmed up for the derby with a convincing 6-2 victory at Romford.
Despite falling behind to Ayodeji Olukoga’s opener, Kevin Horlock’s men went from strength to strength and ran out clear winners thanks to a hat-trick from Sam Newson and further efforts from Jeremiah Kamanzi, Adam Mills and an own goal from Tom Potter.
James Ishmail scored Romford’s other goal, making it 2-2.
However, Maldon finished with a real flourish and their last three goals came in stoppage time, giving them a convincing victory.
The Jammers are second in the table and elsewhere, there were victories for fellow play-off chasers AFC Hornchurch, Thurrock and Haringey Borough.