Taken from the Gills forum...
Just in from Canvey
Howell (Wallis H/T) Hope (Beckwith H/T) Cox (L Johnson H/T) Rose
Jarvis Hessenthaler Spiller ( Croft H/T) Perpetuini (Carew 60)
Agyemang (Sidibé H/T) Byfield (T Johnson H/T)
Match played with a bit of a competitive edge, but fewreal highlights. Gills first half efforts very limited: free kicks from Perpetuini and Hess that were not very close, headers from Cox (wide from a Hess corner) and Hope (into goalies hands from a Spiller free kick) and that was about it. A few panics in the Gills area: the goal (28 mins)came when a deep cross wasn't cleared (arguably Spiller was lucky not to concede a penalty) and the ball was hooked back accross the box to Kennedy, who slotted it under Banks. I saw no grounds for any offside appeal.
A much better performance in the second half (players not saving themselves for tomorrow?): TJ went close when sent through by Croft, and Carew played a good ball into space for Matt Jarvis, who put it under the goalie and in (63 mins). TJ and Carew had good chances before, on 73 minutes, Beckwith rumbled forward, shot from 30 yards, and Mama picked up the charge down on the edge of the box, stepped past a man, and scored what was to prove to be the winner.
A few scares in the defence, often by Keeling running at us from the left, and once when Jeff Minton seemed to go past about half the team, but never more so than when, with about 3 minutes left, Richard Rose (through whom an enormous proportion of our play had passed) sliced onto the bar, and two follow ups were charged down.
Highlight of the match: The ref reminding Hess that he had the right to send him off: they had been playing for about 45 seconds!