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Match Report
Bostik North - 2017/2018
Canvey Island 0
Brentwood Town 1
R. O'Rawe (26)

A 26th minute header from former-Canvey defender Ryan O’Rawe was enough to see Canvey Island knocked out of the Velocity Trophy in the 1st round, losing 1-0 to Brentwood Town at The Frost Hire Stadium

The Gulls created numerous chances but failed to work Brentwood goalkeeper Anthony Page, allowing him to make several saves to keep out shots aimed straight at him.

Another ex-Gull in the Brentwood starting XI was forward Kieran English who was a prolific goalscorer for the reserves and made a handful of first team appearances.

Canvey could have opened the scoring in the second minute when George Sykes gave chase to a ball into the area from the left. Sykes managed to squeeze in between two defenders to give him a sight of goal, but he was forced to stretch for his shot and Anthony Page made a comfortable save.

Brentwood took the lead on 26 minutes when Jake Pitty was left to mark two players on the corner of the penalty area on the left wing. Winger Andrew Freeman played a simple ball through to Luke Foster on the overlap who had all the time in the world to send over a cross.

The ball found the head of Ryan O’Rawe who headed it down into the ground and in despite a good attempt to keep it out on the line from Teddy Nesbitt.

Canvey went in search of an equaliser which nearly came on 33 minutes. George Sykes drove in from the left wing and squared for Sam Collins whose shot from 20 yards went a couple of yards wide of the upright.

Frankie Merrifield had the ball in the net on 41 minutes when he headed home unopposed, but the goal was ruled out for a foul on the goalkeeper. It appeared that the contact on the keeper was actually from a Brentwood defender, but referee Aaron Farmer waved away the protests of the Canvey players.

A minute later David Knight had a shot from the left which went across goal and inches wide of the bottom corner.

On the stroke of half time some good build up play saw the ball switched from the right wing to David Knight on the far side. He chested the ball down and laid it off for Frankie Merrifield on the edge of the area, but his shot from a central position was straight at Anthony Page who saved.

Canvey started the second half brightly, with Frankie Merrifield having a long distance effort saved by Anthony Page inside two minutes.

They came even closer on 51 minutes when David Knight had a header kept out from close range following a Merrifield cross from the left. The loose ball fell for George Sykes to strike on the volley, but his goalbound effort was blocked by Connor Martin.

Ryan O’Rawe nearly doubled his and Brentwood’s tally five minutes later when he connected with a Luke Stanley corner, but Henry Newcombe did brilliantly to make the save and them pounce on the rebound.

The two sides traded chances during a five minute spell, starting with George Sykes shooting wide on 63 minutes after controlling a lofted through ball in behind the Brentwood defence.

Andrew Freeman had two near misses for Brentwood coming in from the left wing, while George Craddock and Frankie Merrifield both had shots saved by Anthony Page.

On 70 minutes substitute Mitchell Gilbey brought the ball under control on the left, cutting in field and striking a low shot towards the bottom corner which hit the base of the post before being cleared.

The visitors could have wrapped up the tie five minutes later when a ball across the face of goal from the right found Matt Price, but the in-form striker fluffed his lines and shot over the bar from close range.

The final 15 minutes saw Canvey camped in the Brentwood half in search of an equaliser. This should have come on 83 minutes when Sam Collins’ cross from the left found George Sykes unmarked, but he directed his free header straight at Anthony Page from close range.

With Canvey throwing bodies forward as they were there was always the potential for a Brentwood counter attack. This is what happened on 85 minutes when Matt Price raced through on goal, but once again Henry Newcombe managed to keep the ball out with a fine save having come off his line.

Sykes had another golden chance to take the game to penalties on 88 minutes when he found the ball at his feet in a central area with only the keeper to beat. However, unusually for Sykes his composure let him down and he shot straight at Page who made yet another save.