We made the perfect start going in front after a few minutes. A great cross from the left by Duffers was headed home powerfully at the far post by Junior.
Exeter had a great deal of pressure in the first half but we defended extremely well. They won several corners but for the most part didn't create too many clear cut chances. There were a couple of near misses but the back four especially Smithy were very solid.
You always felt that Exeter would really come at us in the second half and they did just that. We were forced back and found it very difficult to retain possesion or really create anything up front.
It wasn't much of a surprise when Steve Flack headed home an equaliser after a cross from the right on 66 minutes. Exeter had threatened earlier and Gulls fans expected the worst.
Canvey picked themselves up though and found some new energy. A great interchange between Junior and Jon Keeling saw Keeling's shot saved by the keeper. Our defensive frailties came back to haunt us with a bizarre goal.
It seemed a routine header back to the goalie from Dom Sterling but he put a little too much pace on it and Ash allowed it to slip through his hands into the net. With 9 minutes left it looked curtains.
We finished the game on the offensive and started to win a few corners. A touch by a defender prevented Greggors from reaching the ball at the back post and with Exeter's pacy counter attacking it was a rip roaring finale to the game.
In the dying seconds of injury time we won a corner. Even Wardy came up for it. What a story it would have been if Wardy had stolen the equaliser but it was in fact Dave Mcghee who climbed to power a header into the bottom corner of the net. The majority of the 921 crowd went ballistic and with Northwich winning and FGR drawing this was a vital point.
Credit to the Yellow Army who were absolutely brilliant in their support. Constant singing for the entire 90 minutes and with Exeter bringing a rough estimate of around 200 supporters it seems there was a few more than the usual crowd.
Victory at Leigh on Tuesday would almost seal Conference status in my opinion. FGR may have drawn today but Tamworth was probably won of their easier games.
MOM for me was either Smithy or Macca. Smithy made a couple of great last ditch challenges and Macca was superb in midfield. Passing was a bit awry but his tackling and work rate were second to none.
Though Jeff was very quiet and didn't really get into the game. Great goal by Junior but didn't deserve the sponsor's man of the match.
I would have taken a draw today before the start of the game and felt we deserved it. If we show the same spirit in the remaining games we will be fine!!