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Basildon United
Canvey Island
C Taylor (31')
Full time
J Figura (21', 67'), J Hutchinson (56'), A Vyse (81')
Tue 1 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 265

Basildon United 1-4 Canvey Island

Gulls Begin New Year With A Bang

Canvey Island kicked off 2019 in fine fashion, beating Basildon United 4-1 at The Ho Ho Stadium in the Bostik North on New Year’s Day.

The Gulls looked good throughout on a difficult playing surface and could even afford to miss a penalty in what was a comprehensive victory.

Manager Mark Bentley made two changes from the side that were beaten 2-1 by Bowers & Pitsea ten days earlier. With midfielders Kane Gilbert (holiday) and Jack Simmons (injury) y, in to the starting XI came central midfielder Adam Topley and winger Josh Hutchinson.

Canvey created a couple of early chances inside the opening ten minutes. On four minutes a long ball forwards from Sam Collins in the left back position found the run of Martin Tuohy in behind the home defence. Tuohy shot with his left foot from the edge of the box but dragged his effort across goal and wide.

Soon afterwards a corner from Josh Hutchinson picked out Elliott Warren inside the box, but the defender turned as he attempted to head the ball and as a result it hit his back and went behind for a goal kick.

The Gulls took the lead on 21 minutes when Frankie Merrifield played a through ball down the middle of the pitch for Jose Figura to run onto. Merrifield was fouled in the process but referee Richard Carter played an excellent advantage. With only the keeper to beat, Figura kept his cool and curled home his shot high into the net from just inside the box to open his account for the club.

Having fallen behind the home side started to see more of the ball in the Canvey half. On 29 minutes they registered their first shot on target, although Steven Carvell’s long range effort was straight at Harry Palmer who saved.

The scores were level two minutes later when Carvell chipped a ball over the top of the Canvey defence to release Callum Taylor. The Canvey rearguard all stopped appealing for offside which gave Taylor plenty of time to pick out the bottom corner despite Harry Palmer getting a touch.

On 41 minutes Canvey were awarded a free kick just outside the box on the left wing. Marlon Agyakwa struck a right-footed effort across goal towards the top corner which goalkeeper Emmanuel Olajide punched away with both hands.

The Gulls were back in front 11 minutes into the second half when cleared corner was collected by Adam Topley ten yards inside the Basildon half. Topley did well to take the ball down the right wing, getting to the edge of the box before squaring for Josh Hutchinson to convert from close range.

They were then awarded a penalty on the hour mark when Frankie Merrifield was brought down running into the area. Martin Tuohy stepped up but struck a poor spot kick straight down the middle which Emmanuel Olajide got a hand to and saved, diving low to his left having taken a step to his right.

This miss could have proven costly, but this wasn’t to be the case as seven minutes later Canvey gave themselves the two-goal cushion they had been denied. A ball into the box saw Frankie Merrifield lay possession off for Jose Figura who found the bottom corner from 20 yards with the keeper rooted to the spot.

On 76 minutes Basildon goalkeeper Emmanuel Olajide pulled off a tremendous save to prevent substitute Adam Vyse from hitting the back of the net. A low cross from the right by Marlon Agyakwa picked out the forward who shot first time with his right foot, but Olajide flung himself skywards and turned the shot from ten yards over for a corner.

Vyse was able to add his name to the scoresheet with nine minutes remaining, with Frankie Merrifield instrumental once again. This time the midfielder slotted a pass through for Adam Vyse, and having held off the attention of a defender he slotted past the keeper to score.

The hosts had a couple of chances late on to grab consolation goal, but on both occasions goalkeeper Harry Palmer pulled off impressive saves, first from Michael Mignot on 85 minutes and then from Ashley Blackburn in injury time.

LISTEN: Mark Bentley Post-Match Interview with Simon Pitts

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Key moments

21:00
Goal Jose Figura scores for Canvey Island
31:00
Goal Callum Taylor scores for Basildon United
56:00
Goal Josh Hutchinson scores for Canvey Island
67:00
Goal Jose Figura scores for Canvey Island
81:00
Goal Adam Vyse scores for Canvey Island

Highlights

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86:00 Sub Off
Jordan Brown is substituted off for Canvey Island
86:00 Sub On
Lanre Balogun is substituted on for Canvey Island
86:00 Sub On
Sam Dulieu is substituted on for Canvey Island
86:00 Sub Off
Josh Hutchinson is substituted off for Canvey Island
81:00 Goal 1 - 4
Adam Vyse scores for Canvey Island
77:00 Sub Off
Ashley Pibworth is substituted off for Basildon United
77:00 Sub On
Kehinde Aileru is substituted on for Basildon United
70:00 Sub Off
Jay Knight is substituted off for Basildon United
70:00 Sub On
Ashley Blackburn is substituted on for Basildon United
68:00 Sub On
Adam Vyse is substituted on for Canvey Island
68:00 Sub Off
Martin Tuohy is substituted off for Canvey Island
67:00 Goal 1 - 3
Jose Figura scores for Canvey Island
60:00 Missed Penalty
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57:00 Sub Off
Ryan Reed is substituted off for Basildon United
57:00 Sub On
Michael Mignot is substituted on for Basildon United
56:00 Goal 1 - 2
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End of period 1
31:00 Goal 1 - 1
Callum Taylor scores for Basildon United
21:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jose Figura scores for Canvey Island
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Basildon United
  • Canvey Island
  • 0
  • Jose Figura Goal 21:00'
  • Callum Taylor Goal 31:00'
  • Josh Hutchinson Goal 56:00'
  • Ryan Reed Sub Off 57:00'
  • Michael Mignot Sub On 57:00'
  • Martin Tuohy Missed Penalty 60:00'
  • Jose Figura Goal 67:00'
  • Martin Tuohy Sub Off 68:00'
  • Adam Vyse Sub On 68:00'
  • Jay Knight Sub Off 70:00'
  • Ashley Blackburn Sub On 70:00'
  • Kehinde Aileru Sub On 77:00'
  • Ashley Pibworth Sub Off 77:00'
  • Adam Vyse Goal 81:00'
  • Sam Dulieu Sub On 86:00'
  • Lanre Balogun Sub On 86:00'
  • Josh Hutchinson Sub Off 86:00'
  • Jordan Brown Sub Off 86:00'

Team selection

Basildon United
  • 1. Emmanuel Olajide
  • 2. Connor Mead
  • 3. Lewis Brown
  • 4. George Whitby
  • 5. Joe Turpin
  • 6. Daniel Okah
  • 7. Ryan Reed
  • 8. Ashley Pibworth
  • 9. Jay Knight
  • 10. Steven Carvell
  • 11. Callum Taylor
  • 12. Ashley Blackburn
  • 13. Nathan Okoye
  • 14. Michael Mignot
  • 15. Jeffrey Cobblah
  • 16. Kehinde Aileru

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. AFC Sudbury 22 34
7. Bury Town 23 33
8. Canvey Island 22 32
9. Grays Athletic 21 32
10. Tilbury 23 30
11. Basildon United 22 29
12. Brentwood Town 22 27

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