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Match Report
Bostik North - 2017/2018
Canvey Island 1
M. Gilbey (80)
Bury Town 0

Canvey Island climbed to second place in the Bostik North with a 1-0 win against Bury Town at The Frost Hire Stadium on Saturday.

Manager Danny Heale named the same side that beat Grays Athletic 6-3 on Wednesday night.

Canvey’s first chance of the match came in the tenth minute when George Sykes used some trickery to get past a defender down the left before squaring low for Mitchell Gilbey. With his back to goal and being tightly marked, Gilbey was unable to get his shot off and was eventually tackled, although in doing so this played the ball into the path of Sam Collins who was running in from deep.

Collins hit a powerful low shot from a similar position where he scored against Grays Athletic on Wednesday night, but this time he put his effort the wrong side of the upright.

The Gulls’ captain had another chance on 19 minutes after he collected possession from the right and drilled a low shot towards the bottom corner. However, goalkeeper Luis Tibbles did well to dive low to his left and palm the ball around the post for a Canvey corner.

Oliver Hughes had the ball in the net for the visitors on 25 minutes, but in challenging Ashlee Jones for the ball in the air he fouled the Canvey keeper and the goal was ruled out.

Five minutes later a cross from deep on the left by Bury Town’s Joe White found striker Darren Mills on the edge of the area. Mills connected with a bullet header which Ashlee Jones got a hand to high above his head, stopping it from going in at the second attempt.

Canvey survived a goalmouth scramble on 37 minutes when Oliver Hughes got past Elliott Warren and burst into the area down the left. Hughes squared the ball into a dangerous area, with several attempted clearances being unsuccessful before the ball went behind for a corner.

Sam Collins hit a curling left-footed shot from 20 yards inches over the top corner on 39 minutes, but the Gulls had an even better opportunity four minutes later. Frankie Merrifield sent over an accurate cross from the right which found Mitchell Gilbey in space, but his unmarked header from close range went across goal and wide.

Gilbey had another chance in the first minute of first half stoppage time, but after breaking into the box from the right his shot was turned around the post by Luis Tibbles for a corner.

There was a moment of controversy shortly into the second half when Luis Tibbles came off his line to get to a ball over the top before Mitchell Gilbey. His clearance however struck a defender and presented a chance for George Sykes to shoot at an open goal from 35 yards. Sykes’ shot appeared to strike the arm of Tibbles well outside his box, but the referee deemed the contact to have been on the chest.

Bury should have taken the lead on 65 minutes when a loose pass from Steve Sheehan played Ryan Jolland clean through on goal, but with only Ashlee Jones to beat he put his shot inexplicably wide of the target.

Canvey had a great chance immediately afterwards when a free kick deep in the Canvey half was pumped into the Bury Town penalty area by Ashlee Jones. Ashley Dumas connected with a volley in behind the Bury defence, but Luis Tibbles pulled off a tremendous save to turn the shot over the bar.

Another Jones free kick from a similar area caused problems again on 74 minutes when Tibbles came off his in an attempt to stop Steve Sheehan from getting his head on the ball. Tibbles got a hand on it but didn’t make a good contact, diverting the ball narrowly wide of the post for a corner when a goal could well have been the outcome.

Bury were reduced to 10 men on 75 minutes when attacker Darren Mills was shown his second yellow card. Having been booked two minutes earlier for a late tackle, Mills fouled Ashlee Jones as the keeper claimed a cross and received his marching orders.

The only goal of the game came five minutes later as Mitchell Gilbey secured the three points for the Gulls. A great advantage from referee Luigi Lungarella allowed play to continue after a foul on Ryan Charles, with the ball eventually being worked to Gilbey who slotted home calmly from just inside the area.

The visitors pushed bodies forward in search of an equaliser but never really threatened Ashlee Jones’ clean sheet.

Danny Heale Post-Match Interview with Simon Pitts