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Match Report
Bostik North - 2017/2018
Canvey Island 0
Greenwich Borough 1
T. Gregory (71)

Canvey Island rounded off their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Bostik South side Greenwich Borough at The Frost Financial Stadium on Saturday.

This was the fifth time in eight matches in which Danny Heale’s side were unable to find the back of the net which will raise plenty of questions with the league season imminent.

The Gulls started brightly and came close to opening the scoring on five minutes after a good passing move. George Sykes played the ball out to Mitchell Gilbey on the right wing who advanced up the field before crossing for James Walker just inside the area.

Walker brought the ball under control and laid it off for Albert Levett who shot wide of the target from 20 yards.

Three minutes later Sam Collins unleashed a shot from 35 yards which found the target but was straight at goalkeeper Ben Bridle-Card who parried the shot before collecting at the second attempt.

Soon afterwards Ryan Charles, back from a pre-arranged trial in Germany, went on a determined run which saw him take the ball from the half way line to the edge of the six yard box where he was tackled by Liam Hickey. The defender unfortunately injured himself in the process and was replaced by Dean Gunner.

On 23 minutes a short pass from Mitchell Gilbey from the right wing found Sam Collins in space, allowing the midfielder the time to look up and find James Walker inside the box. Walker stayed onside and set off towards goal, having his shot saved by the chest of Bridle-Card.

The visitors had struggled to get a foothold in the game in the first half, but in the final five minutes started to have more possession in the attacking third. They nearly scored when Travis Gregory was able to run onto a long ball over the Canvey defence, cutting inside Steve Sheehan but having his eventual shot blocked for a corner by Elliott Warren.

Greenwich Borough made three changes at half time and began the second half in far more determined fashion. They should have taken the lead three minutes after the restart when Stefan Wright broke through the Canvey rear guard, but with Conor Gough closing him down Wright blasted his shot over the crossbar from just inside the area.

Up the other end a tremendous flick over the Boro defence from Ryan Charles found the run of Mitchell Gilbey who flicked the ball past Ben Bridle-Card. However, his effort went a yard wide of the target.

The two side continued to trade chances, with substitute Josh Shonibare hitting the side netting from a tight angle for Greenwich Borough before an excellent last ditch tackle from Travis Gregory denied Mitchell Gilbey a golden opportunity after some good link up play between George Sykes and James Walker.

Greenwich scored the only goal of the game on 71 minutes when forward Travis Gregory turned Ashley Dumas 25 yards from goal before shooting low into the bottom corner. Conor Gough got a hand to the ball diving low to his right but was unable to turn it around the post.

Canvey came close to drawing level on 80 minutes after a push on Rob Lacey on the edge of the D. David Knight stepped up and hit a curling right-footed free kick which missed the top corner by a matter of inches.

The final chances of the match fell to the visitors, with Travis Gregory nearly heading home a Josh Shonibare cross before Peter Sweeney hit the top of the post with a placed shot from distance.

Canvey applied some late pressure in search of an equaliser but were unable to test substitute goalkeeper Harry Palmer.

Danny Heale Post-Match Interview with Simon Pitts