The referee had a relatively good game in that you didn't know he was there; except when he cocked up big time in refusing Canvey two most blatent penalties when the score was at 4 - 0 and then when it was 5 - 1. To be fair to the man, he did admit after the game that he had made a mistake on the first one but I didn't hear his comment about the second one.
This was a true team performance. Others may name a Man of the Match but to single out any particular player would be an injustice to the other 10 who played some very entertaining and, at times, exhibition football. From the first 10 minutes we just knew that this one was in the bag and Aveley did nothing to dissuade us of this opinion.
For most of the first 15 minutes it was one way traffic, then Aveley got a bit tighter in midfield and started to make a game of it, but once Canvey went two nil up they simply weren't at the races. We took the ball forward either through the middle or either of the two wings. It was only some sloppy finishing inside the 6yd box that kept the score down to single figures. There is still a lack of discipline once we get the goal in sight and it does, at times, become 'every man for himself'. I know the old days are gone, but had Lee Boylan been there ... (excuse me, I've started drooling).
Well done lads. An impressive display, a fabulous result and a wonderful day out*
*Well nearly. What a club Aveley is. Stella was £2.90 a pint. Having been fleeced in the bar it was then the turn of the turnstile man to rip me off. Entrance was £8.50 with a "free" programme. But I don't want a programme. Tough, it's still £8.50. Some of the lads took the argument a step further and they managed to get £2 back (but they were later barred from the clubhouse). £8.50 is a total disgrace for a ground that has no cover (apart from the main stand) and the toilet was a complete disgrace. I won't describe it in case any of you are eating while you read this. Enough to make any Canvey fan a life long convert to constipation.