HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS nailed down a play-off place after picking up three more points on their travels.

Two days after winning 2-1 at Bowers and Pitsea, Jody Brown’s men posted another Bostik League division north victory thanks to a 4-1 success at Grays Athletic.

Joe Gardner scored their opening goal just after the half-hour mark and Luke Callander added their second on 53 minutes.

Although Callum Thompson halved the deficit, Matt Price popped up with a late double for Swifts.

Keeper Danny Sambridge also deserves special praise for saving a penalty and making other vital saves.

Swifts have now won their last four matches and five of their last six – a fantastic run that has driven them up to fifth in the table.

They are assured of a top-six finish – an amazing achievement given the fixture backlog they have had to work through in recent weeks.

The team will now be striving for home advantage in the second leg of the play-offs.

Thursday’s win at Bowers came thanks to second-half goals from Juan Luque and Callander.

Ben Sartain had put the hosts ahead just before the half-hour mark.

MALDON AND TIPTREE went into Saturday’s matches sitting just outside the play-offs and suffered a blow after losing 2-0 at home to in-form Cheshunt.

Despite the visitors being third from bottom, they had won their previous three matches and made it four in a row thanks to goals from Ricky Sappleton and Kyle Roberts.

Maldon cannot now finish in the play-off places as, with just two games left, they are seven points behind sixth-placed Canvey Island.

Two more in-form sides met when Haringey Borough entertained WITHAM TOWN.

The hosts had won their previous six, while Adam Flint’s men had won their last two and four out of five.

On this occasion, it was the hosts who kept their run going thanks to a second-half winner from Jorge Dtassi-Sambu.

Witham, like Swifts, had also been in action on Thursday night when winning 2-1 at Brentwood Town.

Harry Gibbs’ goal put them on the back foot but they turned the match on its head thanks to two goals from Jack Gardner and Correy Davidson.

Their winner came in the 90th minute.

BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT had their last home league match of the season and lost 1-0 at home to Metropolitan Police.

Jon Nurse’s late headed goal separated the sides.

Tom Rothery’s men have one more match at the Taydal Stadium – Tuesday’s Tolleshunt D’Arcy Memorial Cup final against Tendring neighbours FC Clacton – before finishing their campaign at Worthing next Saturday.