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Canvey Island
Witham Town
Full time
J Ashman (62')
Sat 15 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 121

Canvey Island 0-1 Witham Town


Dire Home Form Continues

Canvey Island slumped to their third consecutive home Bostik North defeat, losing 1-0 to bottom of the table side Witham Town at The Frost Hire Stadium on Saturday.

In freezing cold and rainy conditions the Gulls were second best throughout and never looked up for the challenge.

It took until the 16th minute for the first real action of the match, and when it came it resulted in a penalty to Witham in bizarre circumstances.

A ball over the top was flicked on by the head of a Canvey defender towards forward Sam Ashford. The assistant referee thought the ball through was off a Witham head and raised his flag for offside, at which point Sam Collins picked up the ball inside the area in order to take the free kick.

However, the referee rightly over ruled his assistant and no choice but to point to the spot and award the visitors a penalty.

Sam Ashford stepped up but saw his spot kick well saved by Harry Palmer diving to his right.

Witham had another chance eight minutes later when Sam Owusu skipped the ball past James White running into the box from the right. He slotted past the on-rushing Harry Palmer but saw his shot cleared by Elliott Warren who had tracked back diligently.

Canvey failed to register a shot on target in the first half. The closest they came was on 39 minutes when a free kick on the right was delivered into the box by Kane Gilbert, but first Martin Tuohy and then Lanre Balogun failed to make contact at close range.

Adam Topley burst into the box from the left just before half time having been involved earlier in the move. However, as the on-loan midfielder was about to pull the trigger, Witham left back Kevin Coyle produced a fine last-ditch tackle to deny the midfielder a shot.

With the scores level at the break, Witham nearly broke the deadlock four minutes after the restart. Kevin Coyle clipped a great ball over from the left wing to the back post, but somehow nobody managed to get a touch and the ball whistled past the post for a goal kick.

Witham finally broke the deadlock on 62 minutes when they were awarded a free kick 30 yards from following a foul by substitute Adam Vyse. Johnny Ashman struck a low effort which skidding off the surface inside the box and beat Harry Palmer diving to his right.

It would have been good to write that Canvey lay siege to the Witham goal having fallen behind, but this was not the case. Goalkeeper Luca Collins only had one save to make, keeping out an Adam Vyse shot after the forward had cut infield from the left.

The final whistle sounded after four minutes of second half injury time to ensure that Canvey’s one step forwards, two steps back season continued.

Key moments

Goal Johnny Ashman scores for Witham Town


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88:00 Sub On
Alfie Cerulli is substituted on for Witham Town
88:00 Sub Off
Luke Foster is substituted off for Witham Town
87:00 Sub Off
Danny Norton is substituted off for Witham Town
87:00 Sub On
Michael Osei-Saahene is substituted on for Witham Town
86:00 Yellow Card
Andrew Tirivanhu is yellow carded for Witham Town
80:00 Sub On
Sam Dulieu is substituted on for Canvey Island
80:00 Sub Off
Adam Topley is substituted off for Canvey Island
68:00 Sub On
Jack Simmons is substituted on for Canvey Island
68:00 Sub Off
Marlon Agyakwa is substituted off for Canvey Island
62:00 Goal 0 - 1
Johnny Ashman scores for Witham Town
61:00 Yellow Card
Adam Vyse is yellow carded for Canvey Island
56:00 Sub On
Adam Vyse is substituted on for Canvey Island
56:00 Sub Off
Lanre Balogun is substituted off for Canvey Island
End of period 1
17:00 Saved Penalty
Harry Palmer saves a penalty for Canvey Island
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Canvey Island
  • Witham Town
  • 0
  • Harry Palmer Saved Penalty 17:00'
  • Adam Vyse Sub On 56:00'
  • Lanre Balogun Sub Off 56:00'
  • Adam Vyse Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Johnny Ashman Goal 62:00'
  • Jack Simmons Sub On 68:00'
  • Marlon Agyakwa Sub Off 68:00'
  • Sam Dulieu Sub On 80:00'
  • Adam Topley Sub Off 80:00'
  • Andrew Tirivanhu Yellow Card 86:00'
  • Michael Osei-Saahene Sub On 87:00'
  • Danny Norton Sub Off 87:00'
  • Luke Foster Sub Off 88:00'
  • Alfie Cerulli Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Witham Town
  • 1. Luca Collins
  • 2. Luke Mallett
  • 3. Kevin Coyle
  • 4. Sam Owusu
  • 5. Patrick Ahern
  • 6. Andrew Tirivanhu
  • 7. Johnny Ashman
  • 8. John Watson
  • 9. Sam Ashford
  • 10. Danny Norton
  • 11. Luke Foster
  • 12. Toby Aromolaran
  • 13. Michael Osei-Saahene
  • 14. Jack Kemsley
  • 15. Alfie Cerulli
  • 16. Liam Whipps

League round up

Other North Division results

Dereham Town
Bowers & Pitsea
Coggeshall Town
Mildenhall Town
Brentwood Town
Heybridge Swifts

League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Grays Athletic 38 53
8. AFC Sudbury 38 52
9. Canvey Island 38 51
10. Felixstowe & Walton United 38 50
11. Tilbury 38 49
12. Barking 38 47
13. Brentwood Town 38 45


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