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Canvey Island
Maldon & Tiptree
F Merrifield (4', 66')
Full time
L Hope (5'), K Awotwi (59')
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 165

Canvey Island 2-2 Maldon & Tiptree


Merrifield Stunner Earns Gulls A Point

Canvey Island recorded a morale-boosting 2-2 draw against 2nd placed Maldon & Tiptree in the Bostik North at The Frost Hire Stadium on Saturday.

Manager Mark Bentley named the same side that impressed in defeat a week earlier against Felixstowe & Walton United.

The match started at a frantic pace with both teams scoring inside the opening five minutes.

Canvey took the lead in the fourth minute when Ade Cole lead a breakaway, passing to Ryan Melaugh overlapping him on the left wing. Melaugh sent over a superb cross which Frankie Merrifield was able to turn home on the volley from inside the six-yard box.

However, less than sixty seconds later the lead was wiped out as Maldon scored straight from the kick off. Some poor defending saw striker Liam Hope receive possession just inside the box, and the experienced forward finished across goal and into the bottom corner.

The visitors then came close to taking the lead soon afterwards when Eddie-Lewis Dsane cut along the edge of the area from the left before pulling the trigger. Dsane’s shot was on target but saved by Harry Palmer diving low to his right.

Maldon started to get on top of proceedings, but after failing to score a second goal they nearly gifted Canvey one of their own on 19 minutes when left back Matthew Briggs’ under-hit backpass was intercepted by Frankie Merrifield.

Merrifield only had goalkeeper Ben McNamara to beat and opted to try and round the keeper, but the Australian shot-stopper was able to slide in and steal possession.

It was a similar story up the other end four minutes later when Zack Littlejohn gave possession away cheaply to Liam Hope. The forward shot from a tight angle on the right which went across goal and narrowly wide of the far post.

The two sides continued to exchange chances. On 26 minutes some clever footwork from Ade Cole saw him past a defender and allowed him to head towards goal, although his eventual shot went high and wide from a good position.

Maldon were awarded a succession of free kicks around the edge of the Canvey box in the close stages of the first half. The closest they came was in the 35th minute with a free kick in a central position inches outside the box. Laste Dombaxe stepped up and curled an effort which beat the wall and the keeper but clipped the outside of the post.

With the scores level at the break, Ade Cole had a great chance to put Canvey ahead three minutes into the second half when he found himself in space 18 yards from goal. Cole’s low shot look destined for the bottom corner but whistled past the post.

The visitors took the lead on 59 minutes when Adetayo Osifuwa conceded possession in the right back position. The ball was played into the box and held up before being laid off for former-Canvey winger Kojo Awotwi who scored from the edge of the box.

Canvey equalised in stunning fashion seven minutes later as Frankie Merrifield scored his second of the afternoon. A long ball forward was controlled by Merrifield with a brilliant first touch with his back to goal. With the ball still in the air, his second touch allowed him to turn towards goal, and this third saw him thunder a shot into the top corner from 20 yards.

The Jammers nearly won the match at the death when Liam Hope curled an excellent shot from outside the box on the left which left Harry Palmer rooted to the spot. However, Hope’s shot hit the top of the crossbar before going out for a goal kick, much to the relief of the home support.

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Key moments

Goal Frankie Merrifield scores for Canvey Island
Goal Liam Hope scores for Maldon & Tiptree
Goal Kojo Awotwi scores for Maldon & Tiptree
Goal Frankie Merrifield scores for Canvey Island


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88:00 Sub Off
Tobi Coker is substituted off for Maldon & Tiptree
88:00 Sub On
Percy Kiangebeni is substituted on for Maldon & Tiptree
84:00 Sub On
Adam Vyse is substituted on for Canvey Island
84:00 Sub Off
James White is substituted off for Canvey Island
73:00 Sub Off
Kojo Awotwi is substituted off for Maldon & Tiptree
73:00 Sub On
Josh Hutchinson is substituted on for Canvey Island
73:00 Sub Off
Ryan Melaugh is substituted off for Canvey Island
73:00 Sub On
Jorome Slew is substituted on for Maldon & Tiptree
66:00 Goal 2 - 2
Frankie Merrifield scores for Canvey Island
62:00 Sub On
Marlon Agyakwa is substituted on for Canvey Island
62:00 Sub Off
Kane Gilbert is substituted off for Canvey Island
59:00 Goal 1 - 2
Kojo Awotwi scores for Maldon & Tiptree
45:00 Sub On
Stephane Ngamvoulou is substituted on for Maldon & Tiptree
45:00 Sub Off
Laste Dombaxe is substituted off for Maldon & Tiptree
End of period 1
45:00 +48:00 Yellow Card
Zack Littlejohn is yellow carded for Canvey Island
42:00 Yellow Card
Elliott Warren is yellow carded for Canvey Island
5:00 Goal 1 - 1
Liam Hope scores for Maldon & Tiptree
4:00 Goal 1 - 0
Frankie Merrifield scores for Canvey Island
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Canvey Island
  • Maldon & Tiptree
  • 0
  • Frankie Merrifield Goal 4:00'
  • Liam Hope Goal 5:00'
  • Elliott Warren Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Zack Littlejohn Yellow Card 45:00 +48:00'
  • Laste Dombaxe Sub Off 45:00'
  • Stephane Ngamvoulou Sub On 45:00'
  • Kojo Awotwi Goal 59:00'
  • Marlon Agyakwa Sub On 62:00'
  • Kane Gilbert Sub Off 62:00'
  • Frankie Merrifield Goal 66:00'
  • Josh Hutchinson Sub On 73:00'
  • Ryan Melaugh Sub Off 73:00'
  • Jorome Slew Sub On 73:00'
  • Kojo Awotwi Sub Off 73:00'
  • Adam Vyse Sub On 84:00'
  • James White Sub Off 84:00'
  • Percy Kiangebeni Sub On 88:00'
  • Tobi Coker Sub Off 88:00'

Team selection

Maldon & Tiptree
  • 1. Ben McNamara
  • 2. James Shepherds
  • 3. Matthew Briggs
  • 4. Laste Dombaxe
  • 5. Jack Cawley
  • 6. Billy Roast
  • 7. Tariq Issa
  • 8. Tobi Coker
  • 9. Liam Hope
  • 10. Eddie-Lewis Dsane
  • 11. Kojo Awotwi
  • 12. Jorome Slew
  • 13. Percy Kiangebeni
  • 14. Stephane Ngamvoulou
  • 15. Callum Coulter

League round up

Other North Division results

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Felixstowe & Walton United 37 50
10. AFC Sudbury 37 49
11. Canvey Island 37 48
12. Barking 36 47
13. Brentwood Town 37 45
14. Great Wakering Rovers 37 41
15. Dereham Town 37 41


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