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First Team - Match centre

Canvey Island
Bowers & Pitsea
M Tuohy (33' Pen)
Full time
D Knight (7'), B Warner (42')
Sat 22 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 252

Canvey Island 1-2 Bowers & Pitsea


Table-Toppers Take The Points

Canvey Island slipped to their fourth consecutive home defeat on Saturday, losing 2-1 to league leaders Bowers & Pitsea at The Frost Hire Stadium.

Manager Mark Bentley made two changes from the side that were beaten 1-0 by Witham Town a week earlier. In came central midfielder Jose Figura and winger Jack Simmons, with Adam Topley and Lanre Balogun the players to make way.

There were two former-Gulls in the Bowers starting XI; central defender Richard Halle and forward David Knight.

Canvey had their first shot on goal inside 60 seconds when the ball was worked to the edge of the box to Martin Tuohy. The forward hit a left-footed shot towards the bottom corner which goalkeeper Andrew Wilton saved diving to his left.

Bowers took the lead with their first attack of the match in the seventh minute. Quentin Monville raced away from Sam Collins down the right wing, sending over a great cross which David Knight finished with a glancing header across goal and into the bottom corner.

Soon afterwards winger James Thomas pulled the trigger from 25 yards, forcing a good save from Harry Palmer who flung himself high to his left to turn the ball behind for a corner.

On 20 minutes Martin Tuohy played a pass into the path of Kane Gilbert who took the ball in his stride and continued his positive run into the area. The youngster’s shot however caught a deflection and looped up into the grateful arms of the goalkeeper.

Up the other end four minutes later, Quentin Monville hit a curling shot from the edge of the box which looked destined for the top corner before striking the head of Elliott Warren and going behind for a corner.

Canvey drew level on 33 minutes when a free kick from the right was played into the area and saw Martin Tuohy shoved over. The referee was well placed and didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot.

Tuohy picked himself and sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot to score his fifth goal of the season.

The Gulls then nearly took the lead six minutes later when Sam Collins ran up to strike one of his trademark long-range free kicks. Despite being 35 yards from goal, Collins had Andrew Wilton scrambling across his goal before the ball whistled past his left hand post.

The visitors got their noses back in front three minutes before the interval with the influential Quentin Monville involved was again. The time the winger beat James White for pace and clipped over a cross from the right to the back post where Brad Warner was on hand to head home unopposed.

It was nearly 3-1 four minutes into the second half when Brad Warner’s shot from the edge of the area caught and deflection. Harry Palmer did brilliantly diving low to his left, getting his hand to the ball and managing the divert it over the crossbar.

Palmer made another superb save 65 minutes when a free kick from the left was met with a downwards header at the back post. The ball bounced and was heading for the top corner before the keeper flung himself skywards to force a corner.

Canvey had a great chance on 71 minutes on the counter attack. Substitute Josh Hutchinson raced away from the Bowers defence down the right and got to the edge of the area. However, he dragged his shot across goal wide of the target with only the keeper to beat.

Both sides had further chances in the final 20 minutes, with Quentin Monville having a shot from 25 yards go narrowly wide for Bowers before Frankie Merrifield saw a snap shot from the edge of the box saved by Andrew Wilton.

However, neither keeper was fully tested in the remainder of the match and the visitors held on to complete a league double against the Gulls.

Photo: KJA Sports Images

Key moments

Goal David Knight scores for Bowers & Pitsea
Scored Penalty Martin Tuohy scores a penalty for Canvey Island
Goal Brad Warner scores for Bowers & Pitsea


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82:00 Sub Off
Brad Warner is substituted off for Bowers & Pitsea
72:00 Sub On
Jamie Dicks is substituted on for Bowers & Pitsea
72:00 Sub Off
Tom Stephen is substituted off for Bowers & Pitsea
69:00 Yellow Card
James White is yellow carded for Canvey Island
62:00 Yellow Card
Tom Stephen is yellow carded for Bowers & Pitsea
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 1 - 2
Brad Warner scores for Bowers & Pitsea
33:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 1
Martin Tuohy scores a penalty for Canvey Island Watch the video
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32:00 Sub On
Josh Hutchinson is substituted on for Canvey Island
32:00 Sub Off
Jack Simmons is substituted off for Canvey Island
17:00 Yellow Card
Jose Figura is yellow carded for Canvey Island
7:00 Goal 0 - 1
David Knight scores for Bowers & Pitsea
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Canvey Island
  • Bowers & Pitsea
  • 0
  • David Knight Goal 7:00'
  • Jose Figura Yellow Card 17:00'
  • Josh Hutchinson Sub On 32:00'
  • Jack Simmons Sub Off 32:00'
  • Martin Tuohy Scored Penalty 33:00'
  • Brad Warner Goal 42:00'
  • Tom Stephen Yellow Card 62:00'
  • James White Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Jamie Dicks Sub On 72:00'
  • Tom Stephen Sub Off 72:00'
  • Brad Warner Sub Off 82:00'

Team selection

Bowers & Pitsea
  • 1. Andrew Wilton
  • 2. Ryan Sammons
  • 3. Tom Stephen
  • 4. Martyn Stokes
  • 5. Richard Halle
  • 6. Callum Leahy
  • 7. Quentin Monville
  • 8. Ben Sartain
  • 9. Brad Warner
  • 10. David Knight
  • 11. James Thomas
  • 12. Lewis Clark
  • 13. Tom Hine
  • 14. Jamie Dicks
  • 15. Fahad Nyanja
  • 16. Luke Hirst

League round up

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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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