Great game, 3-1 flattered us. See you in the new year
A QUICK FIRST REPORT PURELY FOR VICS FANS. A MORE ACCURATE AND BALANCED REPORT WILL FOLLOW.
Allan 19, Hughes 27 Brayson (pen) 89
CANVEY IS. (0)1
Allan Hughes (Hadland)
Brayson HarrisonDevlin Garvey (Hildred)
Pearce Charnock (Handyside McCarthy
Subs not used Connett Foran Alex Lord (no information on him available)
This was a great game of football to watch and a credit to both sides. In some ways Canvey can claim to be unlucky and to have deserved a point but having worked their way back into the game they missed a penalty which could have set them up to go on and win and then fell victim to what was a constant threat and conceded a breakaway goal (albeit off the penalty after a trip as Allan was about to score).
The game was played against a wonderful backdrop of firework displays and it was as if the teams wanted to provide something as good on the pitch. After a lively opening edged by Canvey but with neither side creating a clear chance the game really came to life on 17 mins. The excellent Keeling (a thorn in Vics left side all night) produced a diving save from Ralph and a minute later an Allan flick on gave Hughes a chance but he shot just wide. A minute later the position was reversed and off a Brayson cross Hughes headed on for Allan to coolly finish past Potter. Canvey’s reply was immediate and Kennedy headed a good cross but saw Ralph turn it wide. Whilst both teams attacked it was Vics who were becoming dominant and it was no surprise when Hughes fired home a beauty from 18 yds to make it 2-0 after 27 mins. Both sides had a good chance as half time approached but Vics looked comfortable. One felt that Canvey’s attacking play, whilst good to watch, played right into Vics strengths.
The second half was a different game though. After Brayson fired a free kick over an excellent shot from Gregory produced an equally good save from Ralph. On 54 mins canvey brought on 2 subs, one Chris Duffy a previous favourite for Vics in our days at the Drill Field. The gamne became more end to end but Canvey were the more dangerous. On 64 mins a Sterling cross was nodded in by Duffy and Vics looked vulnerable. Keeling was getting acres of space on the left and Vics were hanging on. Eventually Keeling again went through but was tripped by McCarthy and a penalty awarded. It wass no more than the visitors but Gregory fired well over the bar and Vics breathed again. Still Canvey pressed and Vics relied on breaks but could not relieve the pressure. However, off a clearance in the 89th minute Allan went clear right into the middle of the box but was tripped by Cowan 15yds out and Vics won a penalty. How the ref could only show a Cowan a yellow beggared belief as it looked a text book example of a sending off offence. Fortunately it didn’t matter as Brayson fired the penalty low inside the left post. Still Canvey came at us and we had 2 more narrow shaves but in the end we got the 3 points and moved off the bottom.
A poor ref tonight, he rightfully booked Allan, McCarthy, Hughes and Handyside but let a lot go from Canvey.
Still, a great game and the workrate of Canvey was excellent and they look a useful team.
Official man of the match – McCarthy. Mine was Allan.