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Match Report
Bostik North - 2017/2018
Canvey Island 0
Romford 2
C. Taylor (54), C. Taylor (89)

Canvey Island exited the BBC Essex Senior Cup at the 4th Round stage, losing 2-0 at home to Bostik North strugglers Romford at The Frost Hire Stadium on Tuesday night.

Manager Danny Heale made four changes from the side that beat Grays Athletic on Saturday, handing a start to goalkeeper Tim Brown who has recently joined the club for a second spell.

Teddy Nesbitt came in at left back, Elliott Warren at right back and Harry Norman in central midfield in the places of Ashley Dumas, Jake Pitty and Frankie Merrifield respectively.

The first chance of the evening fell to the visitors after only three minutes when forward Chris Taylor received the ball on the edge of the area. With his back to goal, Taylor looped a shot over his head which Tim Brown saved underneath his crossbar.

The ball was soon up the other end, with George Sykes bursting into the box on five minutes and skipping the ball past Leyton Orient second year scholar goalkeeper Arthur Janata. However, just as Sykes was about to pull the trigger a Ayodeji Olukoga was able to nip in and put in a crucial tackle.

Seconds afterwards Sam Collins attempted an audacious shot from inside the centre circle which went narrowly wide of the top corner. Collins had scored a similar goal away to Tilbury earlier in the season so could be excused for his confidence.

Chris Taylor had another opportunity on the ten minute mark after Romford were awarded a throw deep into the Canvey half on the left. The ball was played into the box and only partially cleared by Jerrome Sobers straight to Taylor, but he didn’t make a clean contact with his first time shot which subsequently went wide.

Tim Brown pulled off a superb save in the 15th minute when Romford left back Hugo Atkinson sent over an excellent cross from 30 yards out on the left wing. The cross found former-Canvey striker Nick Reynolds in space who volleyed first time towards goal, but Brown dived to his left to brilliantly turn the shot wide for a corner.

The match then entered a quiet period until a controversial moment in the 35th minute. Some tidy build up play saw Mitchell Gilbey bearing down on goal but going down under a challenge from Hugo Atkinson. It was hard to tell whether the incident occurred inside the area or just outside, but either way referee Peter Wilson was not interested and called for Gilbey to get up.

After a poor first half Canvey nearly opened the scoring with virtually the last kick before the break. Elliott Warren chipped the ball down the right wing for Ryan Charles to run onto, and he in turn cut inside a defender before squaring low across the face of goal.

Mitchell Gilbey slid in but couldn’t make contact, with Arthur Janata parrying the ball away from goal but straight to the feet of George Sykes. However, his shot towards the bottom corner was kept out thanks to some fine defending on the goal line from Ayodeji Olukoga.

With the match goalless at the interval, Canvey could have opened the scoring inside 20 seconds of the restart. A long ball forwards from Steve Sheehan released Mitchell Gilbey in behind the Romford defence, and he got his head down and headed towards goal. Michael Finneran did well to put pressure on Gilbey without fouling his man, and this allowed Adam McGeorge to ghost in and head away the danger.

Gilbey was involved again on 53 minutes when he stood over a free kick 25 yards from goal in a central position. The forward got the ball over the wall and back down again, but Arthur Janata was able to make the save diving to his right.

Romford took the lead a minute later when a through ball from the left allowed Chris Taylor to burst into the area and tuck his shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

The Gulls had the ball in the net on 59 minutes when George Craddock crossed from deep on the right and found the head of Gilbey. He headed the ball down into the ground which bounced up and into the top corner, but the flag was raised for offside against the Canvey man.

Canvey huffed and puffed but never really looked like finding the equaliser that would have taken the game to penalties.

The Boro sealed their passage into the quarter finals in the 89th minute is fine style. Receiving the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the box, Chris Taylor flicked it over the head of Steve Sheehan before thumping home an unstoppable shot which nearly broke the net.

In the third minute of injury time Sam Collins could have pulled a consolation goal back for Canvey, but a superbly timed last ditch tackle from Sam Muemba averted the danger in a moment that summed up Romford's hard-working performance.