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Keeper Blow for Swifts

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Ryman League Division One North club Heybridge Swifts have suffered a blow with the news that goalkeeper Danny Sambridge….

….faces around six weeks out after breaking his hand in the Boxing Day derby at Maldon & Tiptree.

And Sambridge played just two days later in the 3-1 home victory over bottom of the table Ware.

At the time Sambridge, who needed strong painkillers ahead of the match in order to play, wasn’t fully sure it was broken.

He said: “I was 90% sure it was broken, so I took loads of painkillers to numb the pain. I went to hospital after the Ware game and they confirmed it.’’

The former Witham Town keeper, who has played nine times for Heybridge so far since taking over from Nick Eyre who left in November, has seen six victories, one draw and two defeats from his appearances.

Assistant-manager Chris Moore has been instrumental in helping new first-team manager Jody Brown bring in a replacement in the shape of former Canvey Island and Chelmsford City shot-stopper Ashley Harrison, who left the Clarets in 2010 after four years with the club.

Harrison has also played for Southend Manor, Great Wakering Rovers and Basildon United whilst also having a short spell with Dover Athletic in between two spells he had with the Park Lane Canvey side.

Swifts` manager Jody Brown described Harrion as bringing “much-needed experience during an extremely hectic period of transition”.

Harrison has also made a small number of appearances for Heybridge before. He played five games at the end of the 2011/12 season, making his debut against Tilbury on March 31st 2012.

During his time with Basildon United he notched up a stand-out achievement has he helped dump Chelsea out of the FA Youth Cup in a First Round Replay in 1995 which Basildon won 3-1.

Harrison is also an FA Trophy winner, helping Canvey to success in 2001 at Villa Park in a 1-0 win over Forest Green Rovers in front of over 10,000 people which fell at a time of the Wembley Stadium re-build.

During the rise of Canvey Island during the nineties, Harrison stayed loyal to the Gulls and was in goal for a number of FA Cup upsets in the 2000/01 season which finally saw them bow out at Roots Hall 2–1 in front of a crowd of 11,402 in a game that was switched to Roots Hall.

The cup run had seen Harrison and Canvey put Port Vale to the sword.

The following season Canvey went even further and Harrison was in goal at Turf Moor as Canvey reached round three before bowing out at Burnley.

During the glittering FA Cup run of season 2001/02 that culminated in a defeat at Turf Moor, Harrison was in superb form as Canvey put out Northampton Town in round two and a he was a key man in the team that put out Wigan Athletic in round one in 2001.

Harrison has also represented Great Britain at university level as well and will provide excellent cover for the injured Sambridge, who said he was staying positive but naturally ‘’gutted’’ to have this enforced lay-off.

Heybridge, meanwhile, have waved farewell to Lee Kersey.

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