Final Score: Harrow Borough 0-0 Canvey Island
Poor game all round to be fair! Still in pre-season mode by the way we played today. Thankfully Harrow were just as bad and I'm glad we've got this fixture out the way, we rarely do well at Harrow and the place is a complete dive. Nice Cheesy Chips though! Notice how the Harrow support doubled at half-time when the freeloaders wandered in?
SUBS: Batch, Curran, Edgar, Luck, Reynolds.
The formation came across resembling more of:
----------- Russell ----------
Everett - Patten - Moore - West
------- Crow -- Dobbo ---------
Gordon -- Fanibuyan -- Cohen
------------ Rowe -------------
Russell pulled off some great saves when called upon and was my candidate for Man of the Match. Fanibuyan played just behind Rowe with Rowe up front on his own and Cohen and Gordon out wide, which didn't work. Nor did bringing on Curran for Rowe late in the second half. Gordon had the first and hopefully only bad game I've seen him play and missed a penalty at the death, why Crow didn't take it, as per usual, no-one knows. Dobbo also smacked a free-kick against the crossbar with the 'Keeper well beaten. The backline although slow to react at times was resolute, especially full-backs Westy and Everett, both having good games. We lacked anything creative in the middle of the pitch though, two defensive Midfielders in Crow and Dobbo - nothing practical going forward, too much of a gap between them and Gabby, then Gabby and Rowe.
As John Batch was apparently serving a touch-line ban for whatever reason, Simon Liddle took over in the Canvey dugout for this afternoon.
The Referee had an abysmal performance and the penalty was probably the only right decision he made all afternoon. Again he was still in pre-season mode.
Roll on Ashford Town and hopefully a more composed performance for the Yellow Army at the Brockwell Stadium.