Heybridge Swifts 2, Tilbury 1
TILBURY travelled to Bostik North promotion-chasing Swifts on Saturday and were denied anything from their journey by a last gasp winner.
It looked like the hosts would have to settle for a point after Albert Keith’s goal three minutes from time cancelled out Kreshnic Kresniqi’s penalty opener for Heybridge just after the hour mark.
But centre-half Ryan Henshaw rose highest in a crowded penalty box to nod home a dramatic winner in stoppage time.
Swifts made all the early running and Tilbury keeper Clarke Bogard made a good save from Juan Luque and then made a superb double save from the division’s top-scorer Matt Price when sent clear and then Sam Ashford with the rebound.
The Dockers went close just before the break when a striker Dwade James fired across the face of the goal when free.
The opener came when Krasniqi was brought down on the edge of the box before coolly slotting home the resulting penalty to the delight of the Swifts faithful behind the goal.
Tilbury levelled when Keith got on to a knock down and squeezed the ball home despite the efforts of skipper James Baker to clear it. The goal came after referee over ruled his linesman, giving a throw to Tilbury in disputed fashion.
But Swifts hit back when an excellent long throw from Krasniqi was met by Henshaw among a host of players to get the vital connection to force the ball over the line.