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Canvey Island 2 Harriers 1

Date: 14-04-06 Venue: Park Lane att: 621 away fans: 65+
Early strike leaves the Reds dead
Canvey leap frogged one place above the Harriers following this result.    They'd achieved that in the very first minute of the game when Dwaine Clarke powered in a shot on the turn from the edge of the area.

With time running out at the end of the first half the Islanders doubled their lead with a goal from Jason Hallett that left the much depleted Harriers side facing an uphill task to get something from this game.    Without three key players and two youth team lads in their place it was never going to be an easy game for us and so it proved.    The only bright spot was another goal for Luke Reynolds, his third in just five games that bodes well for next season, if he's still with us.

Tom Byrne and Ash Walker were the two rookies that joined the squad yesterday and it was Walker who was chosen to start the game with the diminutive Byrne on the bench.    Mike McGrath started his first game for us in place of Johnny Mullins while Walker replaced Daryl Burgess who was serving the second part of his two game ban.    A turn up for the books was the disappearance of Simon Russell from the squad and no mention of any injury that he may have picked up.

Following the opening goal for Canvey the Harriers tried valiantly to get back into the game but on a poor pitch it was always going to be hard.    Reynolds and McGrath both managed to get headers in as we battled to get back on top but the closest we came was a chance taken by Gavin Hurren when he met a cross from Jonny Harkness but saw his header well saved by the Canvey keeper.

With the time ticking away to half time and a chance for Mark Yates to have a word with his troops we came up against a killer blow.    Canvey went further into the lead with just seconds remaining.

As with the majority of goals against us it came from a corner when Jeff Minton sent the kick over to be met at the far post by Hallett who blasted the ball into the roof of the net.
HT: 2 - 0
At the re-start we changed the team around a bit with the introduction of Tom Byrne in place of McGrath and Gareth Sheldon stepping into the space vacated by Ashley Walker.    We had far more of the game in this half now that we had gone to a more attack minded formation but we still could not find a way through the Canvey defence.

It was Canvey that almost added a third goal to their tally when Mario Noto got a long range shot in that Danny Lewis did well to get hold of but just minutes later we had pulled a goal back through Luke Reynolds.    Russell Penn put substitute Tom Byrne clear on the right and the latter's inch-perfect cross was converted with a fine shot by Reynolds.

After that the Harriers went on the search for an equalising goal with another chance for Luke and one for Gareth Sheldon that went just wide of the post but it wasn't to be the Harriers day and we came back, yet again, empty handed.
FT: 2 - 1

 Goals for Canvey: Clarke 1, Hallett 45
 Goal for Harriers: Reynolds 72

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Canvey  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Potter     Lewis  
Kennedy     Harkness  
Chenery     McGrath  
Conroy     Penn  
Ward     Walker  
Noto gif   Rea  
Minton     Fleming  
Clarke     Hurren  
Keeling     Reynolds  
Bimson     Sedgemore  
Hallett gif   Newby  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
McKinney     Danby  
McGhee     Howarth  
Tait     Thompson  
Gregory     Sheldon  
Boylan     Byrne  

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