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Canvey Island
Grays Athletic
M Agyakwa (31'), J Hutchinson (44')
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Sat 26 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 287

Canvey Island 2-0 Grays Athletic


Gulls Claim Bragging Rights

Canvey Island stretched their unbeaten run to five matches with a 2-0 Bostik North victory against local rivals Grays Athletic at The Frost Hire Stadium on Saturday.

Manager Mark Bentley named the same starting XI for the fourth consecutive match having seen his side pick up seven points from a possible nine.

The two sides spent the opening quarter of an hour settling into the game before the visitors registered the first shot on target. A ball in from the left found Joao Carlos who poked it towards the top corner, but Harry Palmer was able to make a routine save.

Soon afterwards a swift counter attack from Grays saw possession spread from the right to striker Kieran Bishop on the edge of the penalty area on the opposite side of the pitch. Bishop shot low which Harry Palmer managed to half save, but the ball continued to travel towards goal. Palmer did well to pick himself up and race back to claw the ball off the line.

Canvey had to wait until the 28th minute for their first shot on target when Adam Vyse released Martin Tuohy in behind the visiting defence with an excellent flick on header. Tuohy’s touch took him wider than he would have wanted to be, with his eventual shot from a tight angle on the right deflecting behind off goalkeeper Clarke Bogard’s legs for a corner.

The Gulls took the lead three minutes later when Marlon Agyakwa beat left back Michael Toner down the right wing. Agyakwa drove to the touchline and headed towards goal, attempting to send a ball across the face of goal. However, the ball got the better of Clarke Bogard, hitting the keeper’s leg and creeping inside the far post.

It was 2-0 on 44 minutes in similarly fortuitous circumstances. Marlon Agyakwa's corner was met by a header from Josh Hutchinson which went through a crowd of players before going in past the keeper who had anticipated a clearance from a defender that never materialised.

Grays had a great chance to pull a goal back with virtually the last kick of the first half when Bishop was played through again, this time down the right. Bishop kept his shot down which Harry Palmer managed to save in between his legs.

Canvey went in search of a third goal to kill the game off in the second half but failed to find it.

On the hour mark a cross from the right from Marlon Agyakwa was headed back by Martin Tuohy for strike partner Adam Vyse to hit. Vyse shot low towards the bottom corner which Clarke Bogard saved diving to his left, with Vyse then committing a foul as he attempted a follow up on the loose ball.

The Gulls had three good chances in as many minutes as the match entered the final fifteen minutes. First Frankie Merrifield shot his low shot saved, and seconds later Josh Hutchinson fired inches wide of the upright from 20 yards.

Hutchinson found himself in an even better place soon afterwards when he was played through by Martin Tuohy, but the winger snatched at his chance and blazed it high over the crossbar.

It felt as though not taking their chances could cost Canvey, and that was very nearly the case on 78 minutes when Aron Gordon clipped over a cross from the right. Mitch Hahn connected with a header which looked destined for the back of the net, but at the vital moment Harry Palmer produced a tremendous save to force a corner.

The visitors applied plenty of pressure in the closing stages but failed to seriously test Palmer again.

Photo: KJA Sports Images

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Key moments

Goal Marlon Agyakwa scores for Canvey Island
Goal Josh Hutchinson scores for Canvey Island


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90:00 Sub Off
Josh Hutchinson is substituted off for Canvey Island
90:00 Player of the Match
Marlon Agyakwa is awarded player of the match for Canvey Island
90:00 Sub On
Jack Simmons is substituted on for Canvey Island
82:00 Sub On
Kane Gilbert is substituted on for Canvey Island
82:00 Sub Off
Adam Vyse is substituted off for Canvey Island
71:00 Sub On
Jose Figura is substituted on for Canvey Island
71:00 Sub Off
Adam Topley is substituted off for Canvey Island
61:00 Sub On
Adeyinka Cole is substituted on for Grays Athletic
61:00 Sub Off
Kieran Bishop is substituted off for Grays Athletic
58:00 Yellow Card
James White is yellow carded for Canvey Island
54:00 Sub Off
Michael Toner is substituted off for Grays Athletic
54:00 Sub On
Callum Thompson is substituted on for Grays Athletic
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 2 - 0
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31:00 Goal 1 - 0
Marlon Agyakwa scores for Canvey Island
24:00 Sub On
Mitchel Hahn is substituted on for Grays Athletic
24:00 Sub Off
Zak Henry is substituted off for Grays Athletic
21:00 Yellow Card
Zak Henry is yellow carded for Grays Athletic
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Canvey Island
  • Grays Athletic
  • 0
  • Zak Henry Yellow Card 21:00'
  • Mitchel Hahn Sub On 24:00'
  • Zak Henry Sub Off 24:00'
  • Marlon Agyakwa Goal 31:00'
  • Josh Hutchinson Goal 44:00'
  • Michael Toner Sub Off 54:00'
  • Callum Thompson Sub On 54:00'
  • James White Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Adeyinka Cole Sub On 61:00'
  • Kieran Bishop Sub Off 61:00'
  • Jose Figura Sub On 71:00'
  • Adam Topley Sub Off 71:00'
  • Kane Gilbert Sub On 82:00'
  • Adam Vyse Sub Off 82:00'
  • Josh Hutchinson Sub Off 90:00'
  • Jack Simmons Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Grays Athletic
  • 1. Clarke Bogard
  • 2. Geoffrey Olonkwo
  • 3. Michael Toner
  • 4. Michael Finneran
  • 5. Stanley Muguo
  • 6. Aron Gordon
  • 7. Adalberto Pinto
  • 8. Kieran Bishop
  • 9. Zak Henry
  • 10. Joao Carlos
  • 11. Thomas Wade
  • 12. Ryan Mahal
  • 13. Mitchel Hahn
  • 14. Adeyinka Cole
  • 15. Callum Thompson
  • 16. Barry Cogan

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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