The Gulls more than matched their much fancied opponents, scoring with seven minutes to play to record back to back league victories.
Manager Danny Heale was forced to make one change from the side that started in Tuesday night’s abandoned match away to Needham Market, bringing in Jake Pitty at left back in place of Ashley Dumas who was suffering with a dead leg.
Canvey started the match well and came close to taking the lead on five minutes when Marlon Agyakwa got past Matt Drage down the left wing and put a good ball into the box. Martin Tuohy connected with an acrobatic volley with his back to goal which went a yard over Preston Edwards’ crossbar.
The Gulls did get their noses in front after 16 minutes when Harrison Chatting robbed Ashley Carew of possession just outside the penalty area. Chatting looked up to see a clear path between himself and the goal, running into the area before expertly placing a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.
The lead only lasted six minutes as the hosts equalised through former-Southend United striker Gavin Tomlin. Ashley Carew's shot from the left was off target but Tomlin managed to stick out a foot to divert it past Conor Gough and into the goal to restore parity.
Having drawn level Dulwich then had a great chance to get themselves in front on 32 minutes as Nyren Clunis travelled in from the right wing. Clunis shot across goal but narrowly missed the target.
With the score 1-1 at half time defenders for both sides had the best chances in the early stages of the second half. Luis Morrison had a volley deflected wide for a corner to Canvey on 48 minutes, while eight minutes later Matt Drage’s free header went over the crossbar.
Steve Sheehan also had a chance with his head on 57 minutes when he was found at the back post by a Joey May free kick from the right wing. Sheehan out-jumped his marker but headed a couple of yards over.
Dulwich had a golden opportunity on 76 minutes when an excellent ball from the right wing by Nyren Clunis found striker Daniel Carr at the back post. Carr only had to tap the ball into the unguarded area of the goal in front of him, but instead did not make sufficient contact and could only watch as his effort went the wrong side of the upright.
Canvey were a little unfortunate not to take the lead themselves two minutes later when Lee O’Leary aerially challenged goalkeeper Preston Edwards from a corner. O’Leary forced Edwards to lose possession with Ryan O’Rawe turning home the loose ball via the underside of the crossbar.
However, referee Jack Packman adjudged that O’Leary had fouled Edwards and awarded a very soft free kick to the home side.
The winning goal came on 83 minutes when Matt Drage fouled Marlon Agyakwa as the winger attempted to drive into the box from the left wing, picking up a booking for his trouble. Joey May drilled a powerful free kick on target which beat Preston Edwards and was headed in on the line by defender Ryan O’Rawe for his second goal of the season.
Dulwich through the proverbial kitchen sink at Canvey for the remainder of the match, earning a series of free kicks and corners. However, the Gulls defender resolutely and got their reward when the final whistle sounded after five additional minutes.
Danny Heale Post-Match Interview with Simon Pitts