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Canvey Island
Enfield Town
Full time
M Tunbridge (37')
Tue 21 Aug 19:45 - Cup Attendance 188

Canvey Island 0-1 Enfield Town


Gulls Fall At The First Hurdle

Canvey Island exited the Velocity Trophy at the 1st round stage following a 1-0 defeat against Bostik Premier side Enfield Town at The Frost Hire Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Assistant manager Brad Wellmen took the opportunity to make several changes to his starting XI, handing first starts of the season to Conor Gough, George Allen, Josh Hutchinson and Sam Collins.

The Enfield Town squad meanwhile included three former-Canvey players, with captain Ryan Blackman in midfield along with Dean Mason and Mario Noto who were named on the bench.

The first half hour was a quiet affair with defences on mostly on top and misplaced passes in the attacking third preventing either side from seriously threatening the opposition goal.

When Canvey did manage to fashion a chance their finishing was off, with efforts from George Sykes, George Allen and Marlon Agyakwa all straight at goalkeeper Joe Wright who was able to save comfortably.

The deadlock was broken on 37 minutes after Frankie Merrifield committed a foul on the edge of the penalty area for which he was booked. Mason Tunbridge stepped up and curled a low left-footed effort around the wall and into the bottom corner.

They nearly scored again four minutes later when a long clearance out of defence released the pacey Brandon Adams in behind the Canvey rear guard. Jake Pitty stayed in close proximity but was left for dead as Adams stopped dead just inside the box, but his shot was prevented from finding the top corner thanks to a covering block by the shoulder of George Allen.

Canvey should have equalised with virtually the last kick of the first half when Josh Hutchinson brought the ball down the right wing and played it infield for Jake Pitty. The right back headed towards goal and cut the ball back for George Sykes, but his powerful effort at the front post skimmed the outside of the post and hit the side netting high up.

The second half was one-way traffic, with the Towners finding increasing amounts of space and putting the Canvey goal under some serious pressure.

On 56 minutes right back Mickey Parcell was allowed time to run in from the wing and play a pass into the feet of Bilal Sayoud on the edge of the box. He turned well on the edge of the area and set himself up for a shot, but George Allen recovered well to divert the shot wide for a corner.

The subsequent corner was struck high towards goal by Brandon Adams, but Conor Gough was able to pull off a tremendous reaction save to tip it over the crossbar.

Brandon Adams had another chance on 62 minutes when he latched onto a through ball played from inside the Enfield Town half. Adams used his pace to race into the area and shot across goal from the right towards the bottom corner, but Conor Gough kept the ball out again, this time with his right boot.

Having weathered the storm Canvey had a couple of chances in the closing stages to take the match to penalties.

On 79 minutes Marlon Agyakwa headed infield from the right wing and pulled a pass back for substitute Jordan Cox, but he scuffed his first time shot from ten yards.

Frankie Merrifield then had a goalbound header from an Agyakwa corner with six minutes remaining, but the ball hit the back of a defender before being cleared.

Photo: KJA Sports Images

LISTEN: Brad Wellmen Post-Match Interview

Josh Hutchinson

Player of the Match

Josh Hutchinson

Key moments

Goal Mason Tunbridge scores for Enfield Town


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90:00 Player of the Match
Josh Hutchinson is awarded player of the match for Canvey Island
76:00 Sub Off
Martin Tuohy is substituted off for Canvey Island
76:00 Sub On
Jordan Cox is substituted on for Canvey Island
76:00 Sub On
Ben Jones is substituted on for Enfield Town
76:00 Sub Off
Ryan Blackman is substituted off for Enfield Town
66:00 Sub On
Blue Gallagher is substituted on for Enfield Town
66:00 Sub Off
Mason Tunbridge is substituted off for Enfield Town
61:00 Sub Off
Bilal Sayoud is substituted off for Enfield Town
61:00 Sub On
Dean Mason is substituted on for Enfield Town
50:00 Yellow Card
Mickey Parcell is yellow carded for Enfield Town
End of period 1
37:00 Goal 0 - 1
Mason Tunbridge scores for Enfield Town
36:00 Yellow Card
Frankie Merrifield is yellow carded for Canvey Island
12:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Blackman is yellow carded for Enfield Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Canvey Island
  • Enfield Town
  • 0
  • Ryan Blackman Yellow Card 12:00'
  • Frankie Merrifield Yellow Card 36:00'
  • Mason Tunbridge Goal 37:00'
  • Mickey Parcell Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Bilal Sayoud Sub Off 61:00'
  • Dean Mason Sub On 61:00'
  • Blue Gallagher Sub On 66:00'
  • Mason Tunbridge Sub Off 66:00'
  • Jordan Cox Sub On 76:00'
  • Martin Tuohy Sub Off 76:00'
  • Ben Jones Sub On 76:00'
  • Ryan Blackman Sub Off 76:00'

Team selection

Enfield Town
  • 1. Joe Wright
  • 2. Mickey Parcell
  • 3. Bradley Empson
  • 4. Junior Mubiayi
  • 5. Taofiq Olomowewe
  • 6. Rian McLean
  • 7. Mason Tunbridge
  • 8. Ryan Blackman
  • 9. Jack Hockney
  • 10. Brandon Adams
  • 11. Bilal Sayoud
  • 12. Sam Chaney
  • 13. Ben Jones
  • 14. Dean Mason
  • 15. Blue Gallagher
  • 16. Mario Noto


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