MAGNIFICENT Heybridge Swifts smashed their second seven-goal win in a fortnight to delight of manager Steve Tilson, writes JON LONGMAN.

The Swifts boss told his players to cut out the errors that had caused a 5-0 defeat by AFC Sudbury in their previous home game and play to their strengths and not their weaknesses.

Subsequent results tell their own story as last Saturday’s 7-1 crushing of Isthmian Division One North’s bottom club Hullbridge Sports, following the 7-0 win at Romford, saw the Swifts play their best 45 minutes of the season, crowned with Darius Ghinea firing home one of the finest goals ever scored by a Swifts player.

Tilson said: “We made a lot of sloppy mistakes against Sudbury and got punished for them.

“There are no excuses for that 5-0 defeat. The result hurt the fans, the management and the players.

“I was pleased with the response with seven goals against Romford when we could have had nine and again against Hullbridge.”

The Swifts created enough chances to reach double figures but were denied by the agility and positioning of Hullbridge keeper Joshua Blackburn.

Ghinea has been a revelation since scoring a 25-yard blockbuster at Hashtag. He scored again at Romford followed by both goals in the 2-1 victory at Tilbury, but he saved his best for Saturday as he took his tally to six goals this season.

Goalkeeping blunders led to Ghinea scoring after only five minutes to get the fans roaring their appreciation as he stroked home a goal under Blackburn’s despairing dive.

Then Manny N’Daw took on the wing back role, hoodwinked the Hullbridge defence, cutting in from the right flank to sweep the ball past Blackburn for his first Heybridge goal.

N’Daw repeated the exercise minutes later but this time he delivered a cross at waist height that was met in mid-air by Ghinea.

The midfielder volleyed a fierce strike virtually lying on his side to score a wonder goal that had the ecstatic Swifts fans giving the midfielder a standing ovation for a wonder goal.

Ground Hopper Paul Thornton said: “If the goal had been scored in a Premier League game, the pundits would have been raving about it and replaying it time and again because it was such a superb strike.”

Lionel Ainsworth emulated Ghinea’s first strike to give the Swifts a 4-0 interval lead before ex-Swift George Smith sneaked in to score after the break and give Hullbridge brief respite.

That moment of relief was shortlived as left back Joe Claridge strolled down the middle to head home Swifts fifth.

Blackburn, who made the two terrible mistakes that gave gift-wrapped goals to the Swifts, responded to an exchange of banter with the home fans behind his goal and those exchanges geed up his performance.

The keeper denied hat-tricks to man of the match Ghinea and new signing Charlie Morris, who came on as a second-half substitute after moving from Clapton.

Morris found his way past the keeper after just seven minutes of his Swifts debut before adding Swifts seventh.

Blackburn also denied goals to Lewis Gard, who was signing off after a loan spell from Southend, and to Dan Walker on his 50th appearance for the Swifts as he stood in for striker Andy Fennell, who broke a collar bone completing his hat-trick in the win at Romford.

Gard is returning to National League action with out-of-sorts Southend United after Swifts neighbours made no effort to negotiate a third loan spell at the Aspen Waite Arena.

Gard will be sorely missed as his excellent link-ups with Ainsworth, Adam Topley and Ghinea gave Saturday’s first half the air of a master class with plenty of one touch football.

The good news for Swifts fans is that Dylan Logan, signed from Baldock but sidelined by injury for two months, is back in light training and Jack Adlington-Pile played most of the game against Hullbridge, who look destined for a return to the Essex Senior League.