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Canvey Island
Heybridge Swifts
M Tuohy (78')
Full time
E Ronto (48'), M Price (60'), J Claridge (78' Sent Off)
Sat 2 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 239

Canvey Island 1-2 Heybridge Swifts


Late Fightback Not Enough

Despite a late fightback, Canvey Island fell to a 2-1 defeat to Julian Dicks’ Heybridge Swifts in the Bostik North at The Frost Hire Stadium on Saturday.

Manager Mark Bentley made two changes from the side that beat Romford last Sunday. Sam Collins came in at left back, allowing Jordan Brown to shuffle across to central defence to fill the gap left by the injured Elliott Warren.

Adam Vyse also returned to the starting XI after creating the only goal of the came against Romford off the bench, with Ryan Melaugh the man to make way.

The first half was a very quiet affair with little in the way of action in front of goal. The first shot that either side had that even slightly threatened the goalkeeper was on the 32 minutes when Adam Vyse shot high and wide from 25 yards.

Heybridge created their first chance a couple of minutes later when Elliott Ronto got his header to Guillem Ramon-Carreno’s corner, but his effort went a yard or so over the crossbar.

The best chance of the half came with five minutes remaining when a low ball into the box from the right caused danger. The ball found it’s way to Chris Millar on the far side of the area, but after taking a touch to set him up to shoot with his right foot, he steered his shot into the side netting.

The Swifts scored two minutes into the second half when a cross from the right was headed clear by Zack Littlejohn. The ball went straight to Elliott Ronto 25 yards from goal who was in acres of space, and he was able to shoot across goal and find the bottom corner on the half volley.

The lead was doubled in simple fashion on the hour mark when Heybridge outnumbered Canvey down the right wing. Kreshnic Krasniqi delivered an inch perfect ball to the back post where Matthew Price was on hand to head home from close range.

Martin Tuohy had a good opportunity on 71 minutes when he got his head to an excellent left wing cross by Sam Collins, but the forward sent the ball wide of the top corner to waste the chance.

Former-Canvey player Harrison Chatting should have sealed victory for his new employers with 15 minutes remaining when Kreshnic Krasniqi put the ball on a plate for him with a low ball across the face of goal from the right, but Chatting scuffed his shot which continued on it’s way and went behind for a goal kick.

It looked as though the visitors were cruising towards a straight forward victory until the 78th minute when they conceded a goal and were reduced to ten men.

A ball into the box found Martin Tuohy who had gotten in between two players, and he directed a header back across goal and in to get Canvey back into the contest.

Kane Gilbert picked the ball out of the net and proceeded to run towards the centre circle for the restart, but Heybridge left back Joe Claridge had other ideas and in a moment of madness decided to trip the Canvey man. The referee consulted with his assistant before showing Claridge a straight red card.

Canvey pushed for an equaliser but their passing and decision making let them down on too many occasions and meant that they were unable to fashion any further goalscoring chances.

In fact, Heybridge could have restored their two-goal cushion in the dying moments when Emmanuel Osei-Owusu broke through on goal, but his one-on-one effort was beaten away by Harry Palmer.

Photo: KJA Sports Images

Key moments

Goal Elliott Ronto scores for Heybridge Swifts
Goal Matthew Price scores for Heybridge Swifts
Goal Martin Tuohy scores for Canvey Island
Red Card Joe Claridge is sent off for Heybridge Swifts


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85:00 Sub Off
Adetayo Osifuwa is substituted off for Canvey Island
85:00 Sub On
Sam Dulieu is substituted on for Canvey Island
78:00 Goal 1 - 2
Martin Tuohy scores for Canvey Island
78:00 Red Card 1 - 2
Joe Claridge is sent off for Heybridge Swifts
77:00 Sub Off
Jack Adlington-Pile is substituted off for Heybridge Swifts
77:00 Sub On
Emmanuel Osei-Owusu is substituted on for Heybridge Swifts
65:00 Sub On
Kane Gilbert is substituted on for Canvey Island
65:00 Sub Off
Adam Vyse is substituted off for Canvey Island
64:00 Sub Off
Chris Millar is substituted off for Heybridge Swifts
64:00 Sub On
Harrison Chatting is substituted on for Heybridge Swifts
60:00 Goal 0 - 2
Matthew Price scores for Heybridge Swifts
53:00 Sub Off
James White is substituted off for Canvey Island
53:00 Sub On
Kyle De Silva is substituted on for Canvey Island
48:00 Goal 0 - 1
Elliott Ronto scores for Heybridge Swifts
End of period 1
26:00 Yellow Card
Adeyinka Cole is yellow carded for Canvey Island
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Canvey Island
  • Heybridge Swifts
  • 0
  • Adeyinka Cole Yellow Card 26:00'
  • Elliott Ronto Goal 48:00'
  • James White Sub Off 53:00'
  • Kyle De Silva Sub On 53:00'
  • Matthew Price Goal 60:00'
  • Chris Millar Sub Off 64:00'
  • Harrison Chatting Sub On 64:00'
  • Kane Gilbert Sub On 65:00'
  • Adam Vyse Sub Off 65:00'
  • Jack Adlington-Pile Sub Off 77:00'
  • Emmanuel Osei-Owusu Sub On 77:00'
  • Martin Tuohy Goal 78:00'
  • Joe Claridge Red Card 78:00'
  • Adetayo Osifuwa Sub Off 85:00'
  • Sam Dulieu Sub On 85:00'

Team selection

Heybridge Swifts
  • 1. Chris Haigh
  • 2. Guillem Ramon-Carreno
  • 3. Joe Claridge
  • 4. Odei Martin-Sorondo
  • 5. Toib Adeyemi
  • 6. Luke Wilson
  • 7. Kreshnic Krasniqi
  • 8. Jack Adlington-Pile
  • 9. Elliott Ronto
  • 10. Chris Millar
  • 11. Matthew Price
  • 12. Reece Morgan
  • 13. Emmanuel Osei-Owusu
  • 14. Jayden Randell
  • 15. Charlie Kendall
  • 16. Harrison Chatting

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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