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Heybridge Swifts
Kingstonian
S Bantick (14', 73', 80'), K Krasniqi (18'), J Gardner (48'), R Sappleton (74')
Full time
R Grant (87' Pen)
Wed 29 Nov 19:45 - The FA Trophy 17-18 Attendance 187

Kingstonian soundly beaten by Swifts

Heybridge Swifts comprehensively end Kingstonian's interest in the FA Trophy.

Match report by Simon Grier.

Nobody at Kingstonian was expecting the replay trip to Heybridge Swifts to be easy, but they probably weren’t expecting it to be quite so hard either.

Despite Heybridge’s impressive form – beaten just three times all season, one of which was at Exeter in the FA Cup – the two sides had been fairly evenly matched at Fetcham Grove on Sunday. That was not the case at Scraley Road though, where the home side thoroughly deserved their 5-1 win.

Given the turnover in the Ks squad it is surprising and quite impressive that it took until their sixth FA Trophy match before they lost, even if all three opponents have been lower in the league.

With key players leaving Craig Edwards’ squad, which was small to begin with, and then most of Leigh Dynan’s replacements being cup tied,
Ks have struggled throughout the competition to even name a full squad of players with Isthmian-level experience. That was again the case for this game, as an injury to Jerry Amoo and the release of popular midfielder Tom Collins meant Ks could name only two substitutes. Still, that was one more than against Thurrock.

It took just 14 minutes for Heybridge to open the scoring on a freezing cold night, Sam Bantick slotting home a low Juan Luque cross with ease. And when Kreshniq Krasnici converted a Joe Gardner cross a few minutes later it was clear that Ks were heading out of the competition.

Rob Tolfrey made some fine saves to keep the score down before half time but shortly afterwards Gardner beat him with a low shot to make it 3-0. Bantick, Heybridge’s top scorer but only a late substitute on Sunday, added a fourth and fifth to turn defeat into humiliation.

Ks grabbed a late consolation from the penalty spot through Reece Grant after Manolis Gogonas had been brought down, prompting goalkeeper Danny Sambridge to hurl his water bottle to the ground in anger. Given that the game was well over as a contest at this point the reaction can only have been prompted by him seeing a clean sheet bonus go up in unnecessary smoke.

This year’s Trophy can’t have been easy for Dynan given the limitations of the available squad and Ks got two rounds further than might reasonably have been expected when only 12 players were available at Thurrock. But nonetheless this performance was dismal and Ks were never in the game, Alec Fiddes and Claudiu Vilcu right to offer apologies on Twitter to the reasonably-sized travelling contingent.

Dynan’s clear-out continued the following morning with Vilcu and club stalwart Aaron Goode joining Collins in being released. The new manager is building a new side in his own image and with the FA Trophy run over he can do so without the distraction of having to replace half a team of cup-tied players every other week. But it’s now up to him and his new players to prove they can deliver by getting back to winning ways in the league.

Heybridge Swifts: Danny Sambridge, Guillem Ramon, Toby Stevenson, Lewis Dark, Ryan Henshaw, Jack Cawley, Kreshnic Krasniqi, Ben Griffiths, Sam Bantick, Joe Gardner, Juan Luque.

Subs: Harrison Chatting (for Kreshnic Krasniqi, 81m), Lewis Godbold, Marley Andrews (for Sam Bantick, 84m), Elias Siligato, Ricky Sappleton (for Juan Luque, 73m).

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Manolis Gogonas, Aaron Goode, Marvin Elliott, Joe Oseyemi, Claudiu Vilcu, Alec Fiddes, Taylor Miles, Tom Derry, Reece Grant, Ace'a Laurent.

Subs: Richmond Ayoola (for Tom Derry, 74m), Owen Coleman (for Claudiu Vilcu, 64m).

Goalscorers: Sam Bantick (14m, 1-0), Kreshnic Krasniqi (18m, 2-0), Joe Gardner (48m, 3-0), Sam Bantick (73m, 4-0), Sam Bantick (80m hat-trick, 5-0), Reece Grant (87m pen, 5-1)

Attendance: 187

Key moments

14:00
Goal Sam Bantick scores for Heybridge Swifts
18:00
Goal Kreshnic Krasniqi scores for Heybridge Swifts
48:00
Goal Joe Gardner scores for Heybridge Swifts
73:00
Goal Sam Bantick scores for Heybridge Swifts
73:01
Goal Ricky Sappleton scores for Heybridge Swifts
80:00
Goal Sam Bantick scores for Heybridge Swifts
87:00
Scored Penalty Reece Grant scores a penalty for Kingstonian

Highlights

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87:00 Scored Penalty 6 - 1
Reece Grant scores a penalty for Kingstonian
84:00 Sub On
Marley Andrews is substituted on for Heybridge Swifts
84:00 Sub Off
Sam Bantick is substituted off for Heybridge Swifts
81:00 Sub On
Harrison Chatting is substituted on for Heybridge Swifts
81:00 Sub Off
Kreshnic Krasniqi is substituted off for Heybridge Swifts
80:00 Goal 6 - 0
Sam Bantick scores for Heybridge Swifts
74:00 Sub Off
Tom Derry is substituted off for Kingstonian
74:00 Sub On
Richmond Ayoola is substituted on for Kingstonian
73:01 Sub Off
Juan Luque is substituted off for Heybridge Swifts
73:01 Goal 5 - 0
Ricky Sappleton scores for Heybridge Swifts
73:00 Goal 4 - 0
Sam Bantick scores for Heybridge Swifts
64:00 Sub Off
Claudiu Vilcu is substituted off for Kingstonian
64:00 Sub On
Owen Coleman is substituted on for Kingstonian
48:00 Goal 3 - 0
Joe Gardner scores for Heybridge Swifts
End of period 1
18:00 Goal 2 - 0
Kreshnic Krasniqi scores for Heybridge Swifts
14:00 Goal 1 - 0
Sam Bantick scores for Heybridge Swifts
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Heybridge Swifts
  • Kingstonian
  • 0
  • Sam Bantick Goal 14:00'
  • Kreshnic Krasniqi Goal 18:00'
  • Joe Gardner Goal 48:00'
  • Claudiu Vilcu Sub Off 64:00'
  • Owen Coleman Sub On 64:00'
  • Sam Bantick Goal 73:00'
  • Juan Luque Sub Off 73:01'
  • Ricky Sappleton Goal 73:01'
  • Tom Derry Sub Off 74:00'
  • Richmond Ayoola Sub On 74:00'
  • Sam Bantick Goal 80:00'
  • Kreshnic Krasniqi Sub Off 81:00'
  • Harrison Chatting Sub On 81:00'
  • Sam Bantick Sub Off 84:00'
  • Marley Andrews Sub On 84:00'
  • Reece Grant Scored Penalty 87:00'

Team selection

Heybridge Swifts
  • 1. Danny Sambridge
  • 2. Guillem Ramon
  • 3. Toby Stevenson
  • 4. Lewis Dark
  • 5. Ryan Henshaw
  • 6. Jack Cawley
  • 7. Kreshnic Krasniqi
  • 8. Ben Griffiths
  • 9. Sam Bantick
  • 10. Joe Gardner
  • 11. Juan Luque
  • 12. Harrison Chatting
  • 14. Lewis Godbold
  • 15. Marley Andrews
  • 16. Elias Siligato
  • 20. Ricky Sappleton

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