Match report from the Arlesey website
CANVEY ISLAND 2-2 ARLESEY TOWN
SATURDAY DECEMBER 8th RYMAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (NORTH)
Despite the difficult conditions, excellent work by the Canvey Island groundsman enabled the game to go ahead, so that the difficult journey that Arlesey made to the Thames Estuary was not in vain.
Following last Tuesdays League Cup defeat against Edgware Manager Danny Honeyball made six changes mainly in defense, Luke Howard, Paul Bloss, Dean Gilbert & Andy Reed were not in the starting line-up.
Making their debuts were new keeper Jake Whincup & Ryan Oliva, with James Dillnut making a return from St Neots.
Howard who errors made it difficult for Arlesey in the League Cup could consider himself unfortunate for it was the first match in fifteen outings this season he had finished on the losing side.
The contest was a credit to both sides, twice Arlesey held the lead but as often is the case could not hold on, but they extended their unbeaten run in the League to nine games, since they lost at Wingate & Finchley on the 16th October.
With the wind & rain at their backs the visitors dominated the early play & took the lead in the 29TH minute when ASHLEY TOWNSEND headed in a Paul Barnes cross.
Further chances fell to Arlesey, Towsend hesitated in a one on one with home keeper Wiseman who managed to push the ball wide & then Kaan Fehmi brought out a fine stop from the home keeper from a free-kick.
Then on the stroke of half time a left –wing move ended with CURRAN heading past Whincup for the equalizer.
Arlesey were more than holding their own against the elements in the second half, Dean Gilbert came on for Ross Edwards & in the 72nd minute & cross from Ieuan Lewis was converted by KAAN FEHMI.
Seven minutes later Canvey tied the game up CURRAN again applied the finish with a header from a cross by Fannibujan.
Arlesey could have taken maximum points but Townsend lacked composure from another opportunity & Fehmi was again denied by the home keeper from a free kick.
This was a good result for the visitors against highly fancied opposition, with a line up that had not played together