(2/18/04 10:26 am)Reply Canvey Island Great to see everybody last night (and what was wrong with my pink shirt Trefor - everybody wears them round our way.....tells you something about North London!), and I hope you all got home safe, sound and in decent time. Julie, really sorry we didn't see you, and Chrissie sends her love. It doesn't make me feel any better this morning but I certainly didn't think Bridge were four goals worse than Canvey Island. The boys played some lovely football and Kenny Mayers worked his a*se off, Being philosophical about it, I suppose the quality of tow of the goals are what you get - if what I heard was true - for paying such high wages.No disrespect (or sour grapes) intended towards Canvey Island - they're an ambitious and fast-developing club, I know these things take time and maybe they do have plans for ground redevelopment - but after my first visit to Park Lane I'm astonished that CIFC will get into the Conference with the ground as it is. Apart from the generally basic nature of the stadium there were aspects, like poor (and in some areas non-existent) lighting and severe "ponding" on some of the concrete areas that when I was a property manager I would have considered decidedly unsafe. Makes you wonder about the grading criteria.See you all in April!Jon
Canvey 4 - 0 Celtic
The score line would suggest we were tonked.
Their first goal came when, as Trusgie put it, Celtic were working off their coach legs. Boylan nipped around the back of the defence and slid the ball across Dootson.
We came back strongly, and their manager got so worried by our pressure, he ended up getting sent to the camera gantry for persistant encoachment. Sadly though, we didn;t make Potter work to much.
Right at the start of the second half, a cross into the box from Keeling forced Dootson into an attempted tip over. Attempted because he pushed it into his own net.
With his confidence knocked, he didn't come for a cross. German went to clear, but got a knee in the back. No foul was given, allowing Gregory to nick in and side foot home.
Their fourth was a screamer from 35 yards by Robinson. Unstoppable.
We may have lost but the boys shouldn't be too upset, they played very well. Canvey must also admit, in their heart of hearts, that it should never have gone to a replay, as the penalty should have been given. They got a get out of jail, and they used it. I hope that they go on to win it, because they have a good team. Though if their ground is Conference Standard, then Dave Pace has no worries!