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Great Wakering Rovers
Canvey Island
M Gorbell (7'), B Johnson (35')
Full time
A Vyse (13')
Tue 5 Feb 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 151

Great Wakering Rovers 2-1 Canvey Island

Consecutive Defeats For Gulls

Canvey Island suffered back to back defeats, going down 2-1 to Great Wakering Rovers at Burroughs Park in the Bostik North on Tuesday night.

The result saw the Rovers record a league double against Canvey having won 1-0 at The Frost Hire Stadium back in September.

Manager Mark Bentley named the same side that was beaten 2-1 at home to Aveley three days earlier. There was however a return to the squad for Ryan Melaugh who took his place on the bench following a lengthy layoff through injury.

There were familiar faces in both teams, with the Canvey frontline of Martin Tuohy and Adam Vyse both having played for the Rovers, as did midfielder James White ten years earlier. Former-Gull Jake Gordon was in the Wakering starting XI while another ex-Canvey player in Joshua Wiggins was on the bench.

The hosts took the lead with the first real action of the match in the seventh minute. They were awarded a free kick on the right wing deep inside the Canvey half. Billy Johnson sent over an excellent delivery which Marc Gorbell wanted more than anyone else and rose to score with a thumping header.

Canvey didn’t find themselves behind for long, equalising six minutes later. A through ball from deep released Adam Vyse down the right, and with goalkeeper Harry Seaden coming off his line the forward was able to finish from the edge of the box with a fine lob.

Having drawn level, the Gulls then nearly took the lead on 31 minutes when they were awarded a free kick on the left-hand corner of the penalty area. Josh Hutchinson struck a low free kick which Harry Seaden did well to push onto the post diving down to his right.

Wakering regained the lead with ten minutes of the first half remaining when they were awarded a free kick of their own following a foul by Jordan Brown. With the ball on the edge of the D, Billy Johnson stepped up a curled a tremendous shot into the top corner, leaving Harry Palmer with no chance diving high to his left.

Both teams missed great headed opportunities early in the second half. First, a Canvey free kick on 53 minutes by James White from the left found Frankie Merrifield completely unmarked in the middle of the area, but he almost had too much time and ended up steering his header wide of the top corner.

Soon afterwards the home side sent over a free kick from a similar area from which they setup their first goal. This time the ball was flatter and made its way to the back post where George Cox was lurking, but he glanced his header the wrong side of the post from close range.

Harry Palmer was called into action on 65 minutes after Marlon Agyakwa gave away possession in midfield. Billy Johnson took advantage and ran until 25 yards from goal, pulling the trigger with a fine left-footed strike. However, Palmer was equal to the effort, leaping high and turning the shot over with his right hand.

The two sides then took turns in missing guilt edged chances. First Marlon Agyakwa failed to make contact with his head at the back post following a superb left-wing cross from Adam Vyse on 79 minutes.

Straight up the other end Billy Johnson squared a pass from the left and found substitute Tony Martin unmarked inside the box, but he steered his shot wide with most of the goal to aim for.

Canvey’s big chance came on 87 minutes when the ball was flicked through the home defence for Kane Gilbert, but his shot from 14 yards was straight at goalkeeper Harry Seaden who saved.

The Rovers had two late one-on-one chances the seal the points, but on both occasions saved with his legs to first deny Matt Rush and then Tony Martin seconds later.

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Key moments

7:00
Goal Marc Gorbell scores for Great Wakering Rovers
13:00
Goal Adam Vyse scores for Canvey Island
35:00
Goal Billy Johnson scores for Great Wakering Rovers

Highlights

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87:00 Sub Off
Billy Johnson is substituted off for Great Wakering Rovers
87:00 Sub On
Matt Rush is substituted on for Great Wakering Rovers
83:00 Sub On
Sam Dulieu is substituted on for Canvey Island
83:00 Sub Off
Jordan Brown is substituted off for Canvey Island
77:00 Sub On
Joshua Wiggins is substituted on for Great Wakering Rovers
77:00 Sub Off
Jake Gordon is substituted off for Great Wakering Rovers
68:00 Sub On
Kane Gilbert is substituted on for Canvey Island
68:00 Sub Off
Josh Hutchinson is substituted off for Canvey Island
67:00 Sub On
Tony Martin is substituted on for Great Wakering Rovers
67:00 Sub Off
Lewis Jaggs is substituted off for Great Wakering Rovers
57:00 Yellow Card
Ollie Woodhouse is yellow carded for Great Wakering Rovers
45:00 Yellow Card
Martin Tuohy is yellow carded for Canvey Island
End of period 1
42:00 Yellow Card
Shomari Barnwell is yellow carded for Great Wakering Rovers
38:00 Yellow Card
Marc Gorbell is yellow carded for Great Wakering Rovers
35:00 Goal 2 - 1
Billy Johnson scores for Great Wakering Rovers
34:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Brown is yellow carded for Canvey Island
25:00 Sub On
Adam Topley is substituted on for Canvey Island
25:00 Sub Off
Jose Figura is substituted off for Canvey Island
19:00 Yellow Card
Elliott Warren is yellow carded for Canvey Island
13:00 Goal 1 - 1
Adam Vyse scores for Canvey Island
7:00 Goal 1 - 0
Marc Gorbell scores for Great Wakering Rovers
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As it happened

  • Great Wakering Rovers
  • Canvey Island
  • 0
  • Marc Gorbell Goal 7:00'
  • Adam Vyse Goal 13:00'
  • Elliott Warren Yellow Card 19:00'
  • Adam Topley Sub On 25:00'
  • Jose Figura Sub Off 25:00'
  • Jordan Brown Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Billy Johnson Goal 35:00'
  • Marc Gorbell Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Shomari Barnwell Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Martin Tuohy Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Ollie Woodhouse Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Tony Martin Sub On 67:00'
  • Lewis Jaggs Sub Off 67:00'
  • Josh Hutchinson Sub Off 68:00'
  • Kane Gilbert Sub On 68:00'
  • Joshua Wiggins Sub On 77:00'
  • Jake Gordon Sub Off 77:00'
  • Sam Dulieu Sub On 83:00'
  • Jordan Brown Sub Off 83:00'
  • Billy Johnson Sub Off 87:00'
  • Matt Rush Sub On 87:00'

Team selection

Great Wakering Rovers
  • 1. Harry Seaden
  • 2. Jason Ring
  • 3. Eljay Worrell
  • 4. Marc Gorbell
  • 5. Ollie Woodhouse
  • 6. Lewis Jaggs
  • 7. Jake Gordon
  • 8. George Cox
  • 9. Shomari Barnwell
  • 10. Billy Harris
  • 11. Billy Johnson
  • 12. Simon Glover
  • 13. Tony Martin
  • 14. Macauley Joynes
  • 15. Matt Rush
  • 16. Joshua Wiggins

League round up

Other North Division results

Bowers & Pitsea
1
0
Dereham Town
5
2
Heybridge Swifts
3
2
0
0
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. AFC Sudbury 25 37
9. Grays Athletic 27 36
10. Canvey Island 27 35
11. Felixstowe & Walton United 27 35
12. Basildon United 27 33
13. Barking 26 32
14. Great Wakering Rovers 26 29

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