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Canvey Island
Great Wakering Rovers
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B Johnson (16')
Tue 25 Sep 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 178

Canvey Island 0-1 Great Wakering Rovers


Below Par Gulls Falter Again

Canvey Island turned out an abject performance at The Frost Hire Stadium on Tuesday night, losing 1-0 to Great Wakering Rovers in the Bostik North.

With manager Danny Heale away, assistant manager Brad Wellmen made three changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Brentwood Town on Saturday. In came Martin Tuohy, Sam Collins and Elliott Warren, while dropping to the bench were Jake Pitty, Josh Hutchinson and Marlon Agyakwa.

Canvey created the first chance of the evening after only 30 seconds when Mitchell Gilbey was played into the area from the right, but his shot from point blank range was kept out thanks to a superb save from goalkeeper Coey Turipa to force a corner.

Gilbey tested Turipa again five minutes later, curling a free kick over the wall from 25 yards which the keeper saved with a full stretch dive to his right.

The Rovers had their first sight of goal on 11 minutes when defender Ollie Woodhouse nodded wide from a corner.

They then took the lead on 16 minutes when a ball across the edge of the area from the right found Billy Johnson in space. He fired a well-struck shot through a crowd of Canvey defenders which unsighted goalkeeper Harry Palmer, causing him to react late and be unable to keep the shot out after getting a hand to the ball.

Both sides came close in the 22nd minute from the edge of the box, with first Steve Butterworth shooting narrowly wide for the visitors before Mitchell Gilbey did the same for Canvey.

Harry Palmer pulled off a good save on the half hour mark to deny Billy Johnson from a tight angle. The ball fell loose in the middle of the penalty area, but in attempting to score the follow up Aaron Russell committed a foul for which he was booked.

Wakering should have doubled their lead on 37 minutes when Jose Figura lost possession in midfield. The ball was played up to Adam Vyse who got the better of Elliott Warren to leave himself one-on-one with Harry Palmer, but he steered his shot from the edge of the area wide of the upright.

Canvey managed to fashion one chance to go into the break level, but Steve Sheehan’s back post header from a corner went wide.

The Rovers had another golden opportunity to add to their tally four minutes into the second half when the ball was played back from the touchline to Steve Butterworth all on his own inside the area. The midfielder aimed for the top corner but failed to hit the target with all of the goal to aim for.

Frankie Merrifield then spurned an even better chance less than sixty seconds later when the ball fell to him six yards from goal. Merrifield lashed at his shot and sent the ball high over the bar before holding his head in his hands in disbelief that he hadn’t scored.

The Gulls cranked up the pressure in the final half hour, but never really enough to force the visitors to panic.

On the hour mark Martin Tuohy clipped the ball across goal from the right towards Mitchell Gilbey. However, at the vital moment ex-Canvey central defender John Mbamarah intercepted the pass and left the ball for goalkeeper Coey Turipa to collect.

Seven minutes later a cross from the left from Jordan Brown found Sam Collins sliding in at the back post, but it was a difficult chance which he was only able to direct over the crossbar.

Steve Sheehan had the ball in the net with a header on 79 minutes following a rehearsed corner routine, but the goal was ruled out by the assistant referee’s flag.

Mitchell Gilbey then had a chance in the third minute of stoppage time, but some heroic defending from Ollie Woodhouse prevented the forward from getting his shot off from inside the box.

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Key moments

Goal Billy Johnson scores for Great Wakering Rovers


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87:00 Yellow Card
Billy Johnson is yellow carded for Great Wakering Rovers
69:00 Sub On
Josh Hutchinson is substituted on for Canvey Island
69:00 Sub Off
Jose Figura is substituted off for Canvey Island
69:00 Sub On
Marlon Agyakwa is substituted on for Canvey Island
69:00 Sub Off
Elliott Warren is substituted off for Canvey Island
69:00 Sub On
Ross Elsom is substituted on for Great Wakering Rovers
69:00 Sub Off
Aaron Russell is substituted off for Great Wakering Rovers
55:00 Sub Off
Jordan Cox is substituted off for Canvey Island
55:00 Sub On
Gabe Kellum is substituted on for Canvey Island
End of period 1
38:00 Yellow Card
Steve Butterworth is yellow carded for Great Wakering Rovers
30:00 Yellow Card
Aaron Russell is yellow carded for Great Wakering Rovers
16:00 Goal 0 - 1
Billy Johnson scores for Great Wakering Rovers
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As it happened

  • Canvey Island
  • Great Wakering Rovers
  • 0
  • Billy Johnson Goal 16:00'
  • Aaron Russell Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Steve Butterworth Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Jordan Cox Sub Off 55:00'
  • Gabe Kellum Sub On 55:00'
  • Josh Hutchinson Sub On 69:00'
  • Jose Figura Sub Off 69:00'
  • Marlon Agyakwa Sub On 69:00'
  • Elliott Warren Sub Off 69:00'
  • Ross Elsom Sub On 69:00'
  • Aaron Russell Sub Off 69:00'
  • Billy Johnson Yellow Card 87:00'

Team selection

Great Wakering Rovers
  • 1. Coey Turipa
  • 2. Jason Ring
  • 3. Ollie Woodhouse
  • 4. Scott Pethers
  • 5. John Mbamarah
  • 6. Steve Butterworth
  • 7. Jake Gordon
  • 8. Aaron Russell
  • 9. Adam Vyse
  • 10. George Cox
  • 11. Billy Johnson
  • 12. Joe Benjamin
  • 13. Brandy Makhendi
  • 14. Ross Elsom
  • 15. William Harris
  • 16. Tim Brown

League round up

Other North Division results

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Brentwood Town
Coggeshall Town
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Felixstowe & Walton United 37 50
10. AFC Sudbury 37 49
11. Canvey Island 37 48
12. Barking 36 47
13. Brentwood Town 37 45
14. Great Wakering Rovers 37 41
15. Dereham Town 37 41


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