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Mildenhall Town
Canvey Island
T Debenham (38'), M Hayden (72')
Full time
R Melaugh (40'), F Merrifield (89' Pen, 95')
Sat 20 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 184

Mildenhall Town 2-3 Canvey Island


Late Merrifield Goals Earn Gulls Away Win

Two goals in the dying moments from Frankie Merrifield saw Canvey come back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 away to bottom of the table side Mildenhall Town at Recreation Way on Saturday.

Manager Mark Bentley made two changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Maldon & Tiptree a week earlier.

With Zack Littlejohn and James White both ruled out through injury, in came Sam Dulieu and Adam Vyse. Dulieu filled in at right back allowing Adetayo Osifuwa to provide cover in central defence. Frankie Merrifield dropped back to fill the void left by James White in central midfield, with Adam Vyse replacing him in attack.

On eight minutes a cross from deep on the left by Sam Collins picked out Adam Vyse who was lurking on the penalty spot. Vyse rose to head goalwards, but he got under the ball and sent it over the crossbar.

Nine minutes later Ryan Melaugh won the ball on the left wing 30 yards from his own goal, setting Canvey off on the counter attack. Having played a 1-2 with Adam Vyse on the halfway line, Melaugh raced down the line and crossed low into the box. Kane Gilbert met the cross at the near post with a well-timed run, although his first time shot went a couple of yards over when well placed.

Having struggled to make an impression on the match, the hosts could have scored twice from corners in the 27th minute.

First a half clearance presented Jarid Robson with an opportunity on the half volley, but he didn’t strike his shot cleanly and Sam Dulieu was able to clear off the line before the ball was put behind again for another corner.

This time the set piece found the run of James Seymour on the edge of the six-yard box, but the tall central defender should have done better when he sent his unmarked header over the crossbar.

Mildenhall got their noses in front on 38 minutes when the ball was chipped over Sam Collins in the left back position for Kaine Manels to run onto. Manels delivered a pinpoint cross to the back post and found forward Tom Debenham who sent a free header past Harry Palmer who had no chance.

The Gulls weren’t behind for long and equalised two minutes later with an equally free header. Sam Collins did well to bring the ball forwards and find Kane Gilbert inside the box, with the winger playing the ball out to the left wing for Frankie Merrifield.

Merrifield chipped over a cross and found Ryan Melaugh who rose well and sent a downwards header towards goal. Goalkeeper Jake Hayhoe got his right foot to the ball but was unable to prevent it from crossing the line.

With the scores level at the break, Mildenhall had the first chance of the second half ten minutes after the restart. Tommy Robinsons free kick from deep found Tom Debenham inside the box, and the tall forward sent a looping header towards goal. However, Harry Palmer did well to backpedal and palm Debenham’s header over the bar for a corner which Canvey defended.

The hosts had an identical chance on 72 minutes, but this time Palmer was unable to keep the ball out. A free kick was clipped into the area and met with a header by substitute Matthew Hayden who had only entered the match five minutes earlier. Palmer was rooted to the spot as Hayden’s header looped towards goal and crept inside the upright to restore Mildenhall’s lead.

Canvey came to equalising was on 79 minutes when substitutes Marlon Agyakwa and Frankie Stone combined on the left, with the latter delivering a good cross into the box. Adam Vyse got his head to the ball and steered it goalwards, but with the keeper beaten his effort went inches wide of the far post.

The Gulls exerted plenty of pressure in the closing stages but it looked as though the Mildenhall defence was going to hold out.

However, on 89 minutes a ball in behind the Mildenhall defence was set to find Frankie Merrifield before he was pulled back by a defender. The referee looked to his assistant who flagged to indicate for the penalty to be awarded.

Merrifield picked himself up to take the spot kick, sending it straight down the middle and in despite the keeper getting a foot to the ball once again.

Just when it looked as though Canvey had salvaged a point, they went one better with virtually the last kick of the match. A long free kick downfield was headed on by a defender and released Frankie Merrifield.

He showed great composure to round the keeper and slot into an empty net to score a brace for the second consecutive match and earn his side an unlikely victory.

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Key moments

Goal Tom Debenham scores for Mildenhall Town
Goal Ryan Melaugh scores for Canvey Island
Goal Matthew Hayden scores for Mildenhall Town
Scored Penalty Frankie Merrifield scores a penalty for Canvey Island
90:00 +5:00
Goal Frankie Merrifield scores for Canvey Island


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90:00 +5:00 Goal 2 - 3
Frankie Merrifield scores for Canvey Island
89:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 2
Frankie Merrifield scores a penalty for Canvey Island
88:00 Yellow Card
James Seymour is yellow carded for Mildenhall Town
85:00 Sub Off
Tommy Robinson is substituted off for Mildenhall Town
85:00 Sub On
Tobiola Lawal is substituted on for Mildenhall Town
77:00 Sub On
Frankie Stone is substituted on for Canvey Island
77:00 Sub Off
Kane Gilbert is substituted off for Canvey Island
75:00 Yellow Card
Sam Dulieu is yellow carded for Canvey Island
72:00 Goal 2 - 1
Matthew Hayden scores for Mildenhall Town
67:00 Sub On
Marlon Agyakwa is substituted on for Canvey Island
67:00 Sub On
Josh Hutchinson is substituted on for Canvey Island
67:00 Sub Off
Ade Cole is substituted off for Canvey Island
67:00 Sub Off
Ryan Melaugh is substituted off for Canvey Island
67:00 Sub Off
Panny Boxer is substituted off for Mildenhall Town
67:00 Sub On
Matthew Hayden is substituted on for Mildenhall Town
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
Ade Cole is yellow carded for Canvey Island
40:00 Goal 1 - 1
Ryan Melaugh scores for Canvey Island
38:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tom Debenham scores for Mildenhall Town
4:00 Yellow Card
Ade Osifuwa is yellow carded for Canvey Island
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Mildenhall Town
  • Canvey Island
  • 0
  • Ade Osifuwa Yellow Card 4:00'
  • Tom Debenham Goal 38:00'
  • Ryan Melaugh Goal 40:00'
  • Ade Cole Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Marlon Agyakwa Sub On 67:00'
  • Josh Hutchinson Sub On 67:00'
  • Ade Cole Sub Off 67:00'
  • Ryan Melaugh Sub Off 67:00'
  • Matthew Hayden Sub On 67:00'
  • Panny Boxer Sub Off 67:00'
  • Matthew Hayden Goal 72:00'
  • Sam Dulieu Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Kane Gilbert Sub Off 77:00'
  • Frankie Stone Sub On 77:00'
  • Tommy Robinson Sub Off 85:00'
  • Tobiola Lawal Sub On 85:00'
  • James Seymour Yellow Card 88:00'
  • Frankie Merrifield Scored Penalty 89:00'
  • Frankie Merrifield Goal 90:00 +5:00'

Team selection

Mildenhall Town
  • 1. Jake Hayhoe
  • 2. Hugo Atkinson
  • 3. Andrew Camilo-Tayaca
  • 4. Joe Asensi
  • 5. James Seymour
  • 6. Jordan Lawal
  • 7. Kaine Manels
  • 8. Panny Boxer
  • 9. Tom Debenham
  • 10. Jarid Robson
  • 11. Tommy Robinson
  • 12. Tobiola Lawal
  • 13. Isaac Moss
  • 14. Joshua James
  • 15. Matthew Hayden

League round up

Other North Division results

Bowers & Pitsea
Heybridge Swifts
Brentwood Town
Coggeshall Town
Dereham Town

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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