Danny Heale’s side were forced to play nearly all the second half with ten men, with the home side using the man advantage to score three times and claim the three points to see them lie just outside of the playoff places and leave Canvey in the relegation zone.
Canvey’s first attempt on goal came on 13 minutes after former-Billericay Town defender George Beavan conceded a free kick which earned him a booking. Mitchell Gilbey got the free kick over the wall and back down again but it went straight into the arms of goalkeeper Anthony Di Bernardo.
The Gulls very nearly took the lead six minutes later when a good ball from Ashley Dumas released George Sykes. The striker’s shot beat the keeper but was cleared off the line by a home defender.
Sykes was involved again on 27 minutes when he nodded down for strike partner Callum Ibe who was making his full debut for the club, but his effort went narrowly wide.
Having played well in the first half, manager Danny Heale’s half time team talk would have been one of optimism. However, things changed within two minutes of the restart when captain Tambeson Eyong was sent off for a poor tackle that earned him a second yellow card.
This changed the whole momentum of the game, and soon afterwards Canvey survived a goalmouth scramble that somehow stayed out of the net after some desperate defending.
The pressure told on 62 minutes when a good cross from the right picked out forward Luke Blewden to shoot home his eighth goal of the season.
It should have been 2-0 nine minutes later, but with Canvey holding on to stay in the match the hosts missed a golden opportunity from point blank range.
The contest was settled with two minutes of normal time remaining. After Canvey had thrown bodies forward in search of an equaliser, striker Alex Akrofi found himself one on one with goalkeeper Lewis Moore and made no mistake.
There was still time for the Angels to score again in injury time. Lewis Moore came a long way off of his line to clear a ball, but he could only pick out former-Southend United midfielder Damien Scannell who found the back of the unguarded net from just inside the Canvey half.