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Canvey boss Danny Heale over the moon to secure 'ugly win' at Heybridge Swifts
CANVEY boss Danny Heale was delighted to see his side “win ugly” at Essex rivals Heybridge.
The Gulls secured their place in this morning’s draw for the second qualifying round with goals from in-form winger Harrison Chatting and central defender Rio Bryan-Edwards.
Chatting gave them a 26th minute lead when he controlled a long throw before beating his man and drilling the ball into the bottom corner from 20-yards.
Swifts equalised five minutes later when a mistake from keeper Josh Vickers allowed ex-Colchester United youngster Russell Malton to prod the ball into an unguarded net.
The second half was a tense affair but it was Canvey who grabbed a winner when Bryan-Edwards headed home Sheldon Sellears’ free-kick.
“Heybridge had to have a go in the last few minutes but we weathered the storm and, overall, thoroughly deserved it,” said Heale.
“I’m over the moon. It’s new to me and I just want to win every game.
“I’m not looking too far ahead, I just want to do well in every match.
“We’ve been playing really well lately, without killing teams off, and that was one of our worst performances. But sometimes you have to win ugly and I thought we did that today.
“We’ve got a lot more about us than that, but you can play the prettiest stuff in the world and end up losing 1-0. That’s been happening to us but I feel we’ve turned a corner now.
“We know how to win games and see them out.
“I’ve got a young squad and we’re definitely moving in the right direction.”
Swifts boss Mark Hawkes felt fatigue was a factor in his side’s defeat after their hectic period of league and cup games.
He said: “We’re not even into the third week of October yet and we’ve already played 19 games. Including pre-season we’re talking 25 or 26 matches.
“We worked very hard and tried our best, but maybe looked a little leggy and that was bound to happen. One defeat won’t ruin our season, though.”