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Match Report

Canvey Island’s promising pre season form continued with an emphatic 6-1 win over Bowers & Pitsea of the Essex Senior League at Park Lane.

This was a comfortable victory for the Gulls and they looked sharp in attack and strong in midfield.

James Russell and Robbie King both returned to the starting line up after being unavailable for the last few games and Canvey started brightly with Jason Hallett volleying over after 4 minutes.

Canvey went in front on 8 minutes. A fine though pass by Jay Curran saw Leon Gordon get clear of a hesitant Bowers’ defence and he slipped the ball past goalkeeper Sam Tanner and into the net.

Gulls extended this lead on 23 minutes when the impressive Matt Game saw his left wing corner curl past Tanner and into the top corner of the net.

Game could have had a 2nd 60 seconds later when he picked up a loose clearance from Tanner and poked in a low shot towards goal that the keeper just managed to scramble around the post.

Canvey only had to wait another 5 minutes for their third when Hallett got on the end of a hopeful punt towards the penalty area, used his strength to shrug off a defender and fire home from a tight angle.

Gulls were looking comfortable at the back with Steve Ward and Chris Moore rarely tested. Bowers plugged away well and played some decent football but never really worried Russell in the Canvey goal.

Half time saw Canvey introduce the likes of Michael Alaile, Danny Heale and Ashley Dumas to the action.

Curran fired into the side netting from Hallett’s lay off after a fine passing move had opened up the Bowers’ defence on 51 minutes and then Alex Rhodes dragged a stinging first time half volley wide of the far post.

Bowers finally broke through the Canvey defence on 53 minutes but Russell got down well to dive at the striker’s feet and pluck the ball off of his toe.

Canvey claimed a fourth soon after. An intelligent pass from Heale found Jay Curran in space and although his close range shot was saved well by Tanner, Hallett was there to follow up and fire home from 2 yards out.

Canvey made a number of substitutions with Danny Kerrigan and Hussein Isa coming on. There was also a welcome return for Danny Curran who has been out injured for nearly three years and he replaced Rhodes on the left wing.

A 5th goal arrived on 72 minutes after Canvey cleared a Bowers attack and broke swiftly. Hallett broke down the left and unselfishly laid the ball into the path of Isa who curled a superb first time shot past Tanner and into the net from just inside the penalty area.

To their credit, Bowers didn’t let their heads drop and Alfie Hilton scored a consolation when he drilled a low shot past Russell and into the bottom corner of the net from 10 yards on 78 minutes.

Canvey had the last word though on 85 minutes, completing the scoring with a 6th goal.

Isa broke into the penalty area from the left and squared the ball to Heale who had the simple task of walking the ball into the empty net.

Gulls are in action on Saturday when they host League Two neighbours Southend United in what promises to be a mouth-watering match at Park Lane.