|Canvey Island 0|
|Bognor Regis Town 5|
|J. Fraser (3), J. Muitt (45), E. Adebayo (54), E. Adebayo (71), E. Adebayo (83)|
Manager Danny Heale included new loan signing Gabby Adelowo in central defence alongside Jahmal Howlett-Mundle and John Mbamarah. There were also places on the bench for Jay Curran and Simon Thomas, both of whom signing for the club for a second spell before the match.
The visitors took the lead after only three minutes when a shot from the right was saved by Conor Gough. However, Gough was only able to push the ball back into play and straight to James Fraser who had plenty of time to shoot home from 12 yards.
The woodwork has not been Canvey’s friend in recent matches and this proved to be the case again on six minutes. Ashley Dumas clipped in a cross from the left which was miscued by Omarr Lawson. Callum Ibe made connection to the loose ball with an acrobatic volley which thumped the stanchion and was eventually cleared.
Conor Gough, making his first league start September after recovering from a finger injury, was called into action again on 13 minutes. After saving one on one with Jimmy Muitt, Gough then did well to pick himself up to keep out a follow up effort above his head.
Back up the other end Canvey had a golden opportunity to draw level on 16 minutes when Ashley Dumas whipped in a free kick from the right wing to the back post. George Sykes got his head to the ball but sent it a yard the wrong side of the post.
They came even closer three minutes later when Frankie Merrifield displayed good anticipation to close down the keeper and block his attempted clearance. The ball looped towards goal but landed agonisingly on the roof of the net.
The chances kept coming for Canvey but with no success. George Sykes had a header saved from close range saved following chip into the area from Luca David-Wrightman on 21 minutes before John Mbamarah came inches away from nodding home an Ashley Dumas corner.
Bognor punished Canvey’s lack of finishing by doubling their lead on the stroke of half time. A cross from the right from Harvey Whyte found Jimmy Muitt and he made no mistake with his right foot from the edge of the box, shooting across goal and finding the bottom corner.
Things nearly got worse in the second minute of injury time when Elijah Adebayo capitalised on a mistake from Gabby Adelowo, but Conor Gough did well to produce a good save.
The result was put beyond doubt nine minutes into the second half when the Canvey defence stood still like statues while appealing for an offside against Elijah Adebayo. The flag stayed down and Adebayo was able to slot past Conor Gough with the help of a deflection.
Adebayo doubled his tally on 71 minutes when the Rocks launched a counter attack with only Jake Pitty in the Canvey half. Alex Parsons ran down the left before playing a perfect through ball for Adebayo to run onto and score low down the middle of the goal.
The forward completed one of the easiest hattricks he will ever score on 83 minutes when Gary Charman played a low cross from the right. Gabby Adelowo attempted to take a touch rather than clearing the danger, but in doing so presented Adebayo with the perfect opportunity to pick out the bottom corner.
Jay Curran had a couple of late chances after coming off of the bench but showed signs of inevitable rustiness by failing to get a clean connection on both occasions when well placed.
Photo: Holly Allison
Danny Heale Post-Match Interview with Simon Pitts