Bostik League Division North
Venue: Park Lane
2017-18 Season – Match 15
Monday 28th August 2017 3pm
Canvey Island : Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
Bowers & Pitsea : Red & White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks
Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a humid afternoon with a touch of the sea breeze, I visited Park Lane for the first time as Canvey Island took on Bowers & Pitsea in a Bank Holiday Monday Bostik League Division North encounter.
Canvey started the match fairly well, with strike pairing George Sykes and ex-Bowers forward David Knight looking threatening early-on with their pace, running and strength. Knight had an early strike on the Bowers goal that went wide. The hosts didn’t have to wait long though to open their account as captain Sam Collins fizzed a 25-yard drive past Bowers goalkeeper Callum Chafer into the top corner on the quarter-hour. It was a good strike too.
Canvey had a few further chances to extend their advantage that their play deserved, though Sykes’ header was turned wide by Chafer on the half hour. Danny Heale’s side were not to be denied though as nine minutes before half-time, Sykes’ shot on goal fell kindly to Knight who slotted home to double their lead, much to the delight of the Yellow Army. Bowers (and ex-Canvey) forward Tony Stokes saw an opportunity four minutes before the break as home ‘stopper Henry Newcombe was off his line though Stokes’ effort from distance went wide of the right-side post.
Half-Time: Canvey Island 2 – 0 Bowers & Pitsea
Bowers made two changes at the start of the second half with Jamie Brown and Ryan Mallett coming on. Canvey ‘keeper Newcombe had to be alert early after the resumption to save at Brown’s feet. Ten minutes into the half, Canvey winger Teddy Nesbitt blazed a shot over the bar from a decent right-wing cross. Newcombe was in action again just past the hour denying Bowers defender John Easterford’s prod at goal in the area, and then five minutes later Easterford’s header was saved by Newcombe.
Although Bowers improved a little after the break, with Brown in particular doing well down the right flank, Canvey’s back-line was led well by centre-half Jerome Sobers, who headed balls out of danger well. Bowers substitute Mallett did have adrive at goal spilled initially before being gathered by Newcombe though in fairness, you knew it wasn’t going to be Bowers’ day here.
Canvey made the win safe as substitute Mitchell Gilbey’s curling effort beat Chafer to nestle into the right corner just two minutes after coming on, on 82 minutes. No less than the hosts’ performance deserved, led by Sykes & Knight up top though there was also a few other good performances, by Collins and Frankie Merrifield I felt. For Bowers, they’ll know they can perform better though ex-Sawbridgeworth Town striker Gavin Cockman made his first start here. Defenders Tom Stephen, Fahad Nyanja and substitute Brown stood out for me in their team today.
Full-Time: Canvey Island 3 – 0 Bowers & Pitsea
Collins 15’, Knight 36’, Gilbey 82’
I’d like to thank Canvey for their hospitality and wish both sides well for the rest of this compelling Bostik North season.
Manager: Danny Heale
Bowers & Pitsea
Manager: Rob Small
|1 Henry Newcombe (GK)||1 Callum Chafer (GK)|
|2 Jake Pitty||2 Fahad Nyanja|
|3 Ashley Dumas||3 Tom Stephen|
|4 Albert Levett||4 Martyn Stokes (C)|
|5 Steve Sheehan||5 John Easterford|
|6 Jerome Sobers||6 Callum Leahy (Subbed 46’)|
|7 Frankie Merrifield||7 James Thomas|
|8 Sam Collins (C)||8 Jamie Salmon|
|9 George Sykes (Subbed 76’)||9 Gavin Cockman (Subbed 84’)|
|10 David Knight (Subbed 80’)||10 Ben Sartain (Subbed 46’)|
|11 Teddy Nesbitt||11 Tony Stokes|
|12 Elliott Warren||12 Lewis Clark (On 84’)|
|14 Mitchell Gilbey (On 80’)||14 Jamie Brown (On 46’)|
|15 George Craddock||15 Ryan Mallett (On 46’)|
|16 Andrew Griffiths (On 76’)||16 Lewis Manor|
|17 Vlad Sighiartau|
|Booked: None||Booked: None|