|Enfield Town 3|
|B. Crook (69), B. Devyne (86), B. Devyne (87)|
|Canvey Island 2|
|G. Sykes (16), G. Sykes (33)|
George Sykes’ sixth and seventh goals of the season had put Canvey in control, but three second half strikes including two in the last five minutes completed a remarkable yet worryingly familiar comeback.
Two new faces were included on the Gulls bench, one of whom being very familiar with the travelling support in Bertie Brayley. The forward last played for Canvey between 2002-2004, making 60 appearances and scoring 13 goals before being sold to Hornchurch.
A slightly less familiar face was Lithuanian central defender Rokas Janilionis who joins after spells with Billericay Town and Thurrock earlier in the season.
The first genuine chance to open the scoring fell the hosts on seven minutes when winger Mickey Parcell collected the ball on the right. He played a low pass to the far side of the penalty area which found Nigel Neita, who in turn crossed low into the area which Dernell Wynter steered into the side netting at the front post.
Canvey had an equally good opportunity two minutes later when Joey May played a corner along the floor for Martin Tuohy to meet. Tuohy shot first time across goal but his effort when narrowly wide.
Lewis Moore was called into action for the first time on 13 minutes when Mickey Parcell beat Harrison Chatting who was filling in at left back. Parcell had acres of room to run into, playing a perfectly weighted ball to the back post which found Nigel Neita sliding in. Neita looked to have scored but was denied by a superb save from Lewis Moore who dived low to his right to keep the ball out on the line.
The Gulls took the lead on 16 minutes when Omarr Lawson played an excellent through ball for George Sykes to run onto down the left. As he did in the league fixture a week earlier, Sykes showed great strength to hold off the challenge from a defender before firing powerfully past Nathan McDonald.
The home could have drawn level on 23 minutes when the impressive Dernell Wynter turned Jack Lampe 20 yards from goal allowing him to burst into the area. Wynter tried to place a low shot across goal towards the bottom corner but Lewis Moore was equal to the effort, diving to his left to produce the save.
They had an even better chance five minutes later when a cross from the left made its way through a host of bodies from both sides before settling at the feet of Mickey Parcell who was unmarked at the back post. Parcell took a touch before dragging his shot back across goal and wide with only Lewis Moore to beat.
Canvey made the Towners pay for missing these golden opportunities when George Sykes scored his second of the afternoon on 33 minutes. Pouncing on a loose ball inside the area, Sykes managed to turn and beat a defender before finding the net with a trademark finish.
With the Gulls two goals to the good at half time, Enfield Town came out of the traps quickly in the second half and created a good chance inside three minutes of the restart. Mickey Parcell skipped the ball past Harrison Chatting, breaking into the area from the right before hitting a well struck shot which Lewis Moore was able to beat away for a corner.
Ryan O’Rawe came very close to repeating his goalscoring feats in the same fixture in the league on the opening day of the season on 57 minutes. Joey May’s corner found the defender sliding in at the back post but O’Rawe couldn’t keep his shot down and sent it flying over the crossbar from six yards.
The end to end action continued on 62 minutes when Dernell Wynter received the ball on the edge of the area, shooting straight at Lewis Moore which he was able to save but not hold. Tyler Campbell was quickest to the rebound but Moore did well to pick himself up and block the follow up shot with his chest.
It was Canvey’s turn to create an opportunity two minutes later when Martin Tuohy sent over a cross from the right wing which Omarr Lawson met at the near post. Lawson made contact with the ball but could only flick his shot across goal and behind for a goal kick.
After 24 minutes where both teams took turns in not making the most of some good goalscoring chances, the home side finally found the back of the net through Billy Crook. A ball into the box from the right was held up by substitute Bobby Devyne and laid off for Crook who finished with a cracking strike into the top corner from 20 yards leaving Lewis Moore with no chance.
Having gotten themselves back into the tie the hosts nearly drew level on 73 minutes when a lapse of concentration from Tambeson Eyong gave Kier Dickson the ball on the corner of the six yard box. Dickson turned one way and then the other before shooting from a tight angle which Lewis Moore was able to save low down.
With five minutes to go a one goal lead always felt a precarious lead given Canvey’s defensive frailties so far this season. This proved to be the case on 86 minutes when a long ball forwards was latched onto by Bobby Devyne.
Lewis Moore came off of his line and Devyne was able to flick a shot past him towards goal. The ball eluded defenders Ryan O'Rawe and Ashley Dumas as well as striker Dernell Wynter before creeping over the line.
Things went from bad to worse a minute later when an identical ball through the Canvey defence released Bobby Devyne once again. This time the striker had more time and chipped the ball across goal an in to seal an impressive comeback from the Towners.