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Match Report
Bostik North - 2017/2018
Canvey Island 0
Chelmsford City 1
K. Haysman (58)

Canvey Island were beaten 1-0 by last season’s National League South playoff finalists Chelmsford City at The Frost Financial Stadium on Saturday.

Manager Danny Heale will have been pleased with what he saw from his new look side against higher league opposition in only their second game.

The first half was a quiet affair with neither goalkeeper being particularly tested.

On 29 minutes Frankie Merrifield has a low shot from the edge of the area which Sam Beasant was able to save down by his right hand post.

Callum Ibe had the ball in the net eight minutes later when he was played through on goal by Albert Levett. The forward finished in composed fashion but the goal was chalked off for a tight offside call.

Canvey came close four minutes into the second half when half time substitute Ryan Charles had a shot blocked having drifted in from the right wing following a free kick. The ball fell kindly for Jerrome Sobers who had come forward for the set piece, and he in turn laid it off for Sam Collins whose chipped effort went narrowly over the crossbar.

The came even closer on 51 minutes when Sam Collins found Mitchell Gilbey out on the right wing with an excellent cross field pass. Gilbey played the ball in field for Ryan Charles to run onto, with the midfielder clipping the ball into the near post for David Knight to meet with a half volley which went inches wide.

On 54 minutes Chelmsford striker Shaun Batt drove to the touchline on the right before sending over a cross to the near post towards the head of former-Tottenham and Southend striker Lee Barnard. However, he was denied a certain goal by some excellent defensive work from Elliott Warren who nipped in to concede a corner.

Three minutes later two of Canvey’s new strikers linked up well and came very close to opening the scoring. David Knight played the ball from the right for strike partner James Walker, but his looping effort from the front post was saved on the line by goalkeeper Sam Beasant.

Having nearly fallen behind Chelmsford took the lead in the 58th minute. Kane Haysman intercepted Sam Collins’ pass to Frankie Merrifield and broke through on goal, keeping his composure to slot past Conor Gough and into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

Both sides made a number of substitutions in the final half hour, but this didn’t seem to disrupt the flow of the match. However, as the wore on Chelmsford looked increasingly likely to score a second goal.

On 82 minutes an excellent low cross from the right by Michael West was inches away from being turned home by Lee Barnard, and four minutes later West had a dipping long range effort beaten away by Conor Gough.

The result should have been sealed with a minute of normal time remaining when Chris Dickson collected possession in space on the edge of the area, but the normally clinical striker uncharacteristically fired his first time shot over the bar.

Canvey almost pinched a draw with the last action of the match soon after when the exciting Ryan Charles jinked into the area from the left and hit a low shot across goal. The shot was off target but found its way to a trialist at the back post who was onside, but he could only find the side netting from a tight angle.

Match photos by Kieran Argent can be found here.

Danny Heale Post-Match Interview with Simon Pitts