Lee Boylan produced two goals as we came from behind to beat the Shots in an absorbing match but my oh my did we leave it late!!!
We started brightly and the Shots couldn't get into the game. Lee broke through but had the effort snatched off him by Nikki Bull.
We were playing some good football but had a wake up call when McKinney had to turn a first time shot away for a corner. From the resulting corner Scott Guyett stole in at the back post to send a looping header into the net.
The Canvey fans were stunned and we seemed to lose our way a touch. Tim Sills broke through and screwed his shot wide and Shots had a couple of other chances.
We did end the half strongly and should have equalised when Mints' curling effort was saved and the rebound fell to Lee. Somehow Bull managed to stop the effort but it looked a bad miss by Lee.
Second half started and was no more than a minute old when David Lee went down under a Mints' challenge and after a delay of nearly 10 minutes, Lee was carried off with suspected damage to his tibia.
We pressed Shots but couldn't really find the opening while Shots looked lively at the other end. Sills and Bertie Brayley went off and with the rather inmobile Paul Kitson coming on, we started to take a real stranglehold.
An effort was volleyed high over the bar and Lee had a couple of efforts, one first time effort that Bull saved.
Clarke was getting down the flanks but not really delivering, whilst JK and Duffers were linking up superbly but the final ball wasn't quite there and the frustration grew amongst the Yellow Army.
Jon Keeling came on and immediately caused havoc. At last we got a break with four minutes to go the ball broke to Lee who burst clear of the defender and placed his shot to perfection beyond the keeper.
We had the impetus now and with over 10 minutes of stoppage time we looked for the winner. That came when Alan Tait broke into the box and was caught by a clumsy challenge by Jinadu. The ref immediately pointed to the spot and Lee gave the keeper no chance with a great finish.
Keeling could have added a third with a great run and shot that Bull turned behind. The stoppage time seemed to go on for ever but we did a professional job with JK holding the ball in the corner in the last few minutes.
Overall a super performance. We played some great attacking football and for once we had a bit of luck. Our defending at times was rather lacklustre and we need to work more on our final ball especially crosses in to the box. For me Clarke was a touch dissapointing but there's enough potential to suggest he'll improve.
JK is a player reborn and was outstanding on right wing. Duffers was excellent defensively and attacking wise and Bimson had another solid game.
Felt Tait didn't get into the game enough but did win the crucial penalty. As for Lee, well he just gets better and bettter.
Nice to have three points on the board and it's Gravesend on Saturday who have made a hideous start to the season.
Up the Yellows.