1) Many spectators were left outside the ground either trapped with their vehicles or queuing to get through a single turnstile. Why weren’t more open? And why was the start not delayed?
2) Programmes sold out in no time and food too. Supporters were left in freezing conditions without being able get anything to eat or drink. Why were people not prepaired.
3) Canvey were hopelessly out-played for much of the game and only had one descent attempt on goal that possibly hit a post. Seconds after the second goal late in the game two of the four floodlights went out. This was very SUSPECT and sadly seemed to delight many home supporters. If this was coincidence the timing could not have been worse. The referee took off players for a supposed 15 minutes. Smug Canvey fans now know that they have challengers who more then match them on the park. I should like to know the circumstances of previous floodlight failures at the ground. Were their similarities? If somebody there is guilty of cheating it must be eradicated. Why has Mr King not spent money on the lights?. The club have made more than enough from cup runs to sort this out. I have been a regular at Gravesend since the late sixties. I have no memory of it happening here. The championship was not up for grabs last night. Neither side will win the remainder of their games. To my knowledge Gravesend as well as having nearly half a league season to go are also still involved in four-cup competitions. I expect Canvey are in a similar position
4) Minutes later the rest of the floodlights failed. The whole ground was in complete darkness for some time. Anybody who knows the cramped ground should realise just how dangerous this was. People could not escape the ground if they tried as the one open side was so packed any movement could have ended in personal injury. The bus stop stands only aggravated the problem whilst a fence behind has nail like protrusions all along its centre for the length of the ground. I witnessed one Canvey supporter tear his coat trying to leave the ground. The facilities were a disgrace to the Ryman league. Regardless of other posts I shall only believe Park Lane is fit for the conference if and when Canvey play in it. Matches of this size should not be played here. The ground is below the standard of most Kent League stadiums.
5) Two lights returned, two streakers appeared to give the crowd a laugh. Regardless of where they came from, and I believe it was Gravesend it was nothing for themselves or the Fleet supporters to be proud of.
6) The referee decided that the game should continue, quite rightly. Light was dim but all the pitch was viewable.
7) Mr King, Canvey manager complained bitterly about the decision. This was wrong and only added to the suspicion. When the players emerged the previously mild mannered Canvey team became a bunch of thugs. The Captain was sent off during the remaining minutes. Canvey supporters should condemn their team for thee un-sporting ugly minutes of mindless play.
8) Match ended Gravesend supporters went mad Canvey supporters went home. Result 0-2.