Farnborough sunk by ruthless Canvey Island

Boro’ fielded a new keeper in 17 year-old Joe Tupper and started Matt Bevans at right back. Contrary to reports, Tom Broadbent was available and took his place in the centre of defence.

Boro’ got the game away playing towards the Moor Road end and went straight on the attack.

A free kick on the edge of the box saw Broadbent’s shot touched onto the bar by Gough and over for a corner which was cleared.

Joe Tupper was soon in action at the other end and confidently claimed a cross from the right. Soon after, the young keeper did well to touch a shot from Eyong on to the post at full stretch.

Nditi and Dale combined well and the cross from Dale was cleared. Nditi then featured in a defensive role blocking the ball out for a corner from Adeniji.

Both sides were creating chances and it was the visitors who were thwarted by the woodwork before the danger was cleared.

Harry Williams shot over from 20 yards, then Lewis Collins ran into the box and put over a low cross which Gough collected.

When Canvey Island crossed from the right Broadbent cleared with a diving header, then when Gilchrist looked to be offside, he was allowed to continue and Joe Tupper saved well.

When Steve Sheehan rather cynically brought down CJ Fearn, he was lectured by Referee Cartmel, but surprisingly no card was produced.

The stalemate was broken in the 35th minute in rather unfortunate circumstances. Tom Broadbent initially won the ball near the penalty spot but he then appeared to be impeded allowing the ball to run loose and Eyong shot home. Farnborough 0-1 Canvey Island.

The remainder of the half saw some rather scrappy play and some robust
challenges from the visitors.

Jack Barton was harshly penalised when he appeared to play the ball cleanly, but the resulting free kick ran through to Tupper.

With some tackles flying in the Referee spoke to three Canvey players before booking Skipper, Richard Halle and on 44 minutes, Adeniji was also booked for a foul on Adam Nditi.

HALF TIME: Farnborough 0-1 Canvey Island

A fairly even 45 minutes with Boro’ having competed well with the high flying visitors.

With just the one goal separating the sides it was still anyones game.

The second half got away at 4:03pm with Boro’ having replaced Jack Barton with Tommy Wright. The change saw Adam Nditi dropping back in defence with Wright operating in a forward position.

The visitors made the first opening and Tuohy headed wide before Harry Williams went close for Boro’ with Gough saving with an outstretched boot.

Barely 10 minutes in, the visitors doubled their lead when Skipper, Halle come up for a corner and his strong header gave Joe Tupper no chance after 54 minutes. Farnborough 0-2 Canvey Island.

Disappointing to concede another from a set piece as nobody appeared to notice Halle burst into the danger zone.

The visitors all but wrapped the game up three minutes later when Eyong had a shot well stopped by a diving Joe Tupper, but the Canvey Island midfielder slammed home the loose ball for his second of the afternoon on 57 minutes. Farnborough 0-3 Canvey Island.

Bobbie Dale went into Referee Cartmel’s book on 58 minutes and then with half an hour remaining Lewis Collins reduced the deficit after the visitors blocked an earlier effort. Farnborough 1-3 Canvey Island.

Joe Tupper saved well from Tuohy to keep the score down and then Boro’ went back on the offensive. Their persistence paid off when Tommy Wright headed home to drag Boro’ back to within a goal of the visitors on 67 minutes. Farnborough 2-3 Canvey Island.

Wright’s next action earned him a booking on the right touchline.

Within two minutes the bustling Tambeson Eyong ran through the Boro’ defence all too easily before claiming his third on 70 minutes.

The next ten minutes saw nothing much happen apart from substitutions.

Gilchrist came off for Canvey and was replaced by Omarr Lawson on 72 minutes.

Boro’ replaced Bobbie Dale (who looked disappointed) with Lheureux Menga on 75 minutes.

Chinua Cole was booked after 78 minutes then both sides made further changes in the 80th minute.

For Canvey Island, Adeniji was replaced by Harrison Chatting.

Boro’ brought on Bradley Fraser for CJ Fearn.

Martin Tuohy ran through, rounded Tupper and tapped in number five in the 82nd minute. Farnborough 2-5 Canvey Island.

Then Canvey Island made their final change when Jake Pitty replaced Glenn Poole on 83 minutes.

Boro’ threw everyone forward and Williams came close with a shot which went past the post.

However, their commitment to all-out attack saw them caught out by a quick counter attack and substitute Omarr Lawson slammed in the sixth goal for the visitors on 89 minutes. Farnborough 2-6 Canvey Island.

Jo3 Tupper saved well to deny Chatting in the final minute and then in added time the same player charged towards Adam Nditi on the touchline in front of the main stand.

Fortunately, Nditi was too quick and Chatting slid feet first off the pitch and almost into the dug out. In the circumstances this was surely a ‘red mist’ moment and had Nditi not been so quick he could have suffered a serious injury. Chatting, meanwhile should be grateful that Referee Cartmel took no action.

FULL TIME: Farnborough 2-6 Canvey Island

Another disappointing afternoon for Boro’ fans and no doubt the players too.

Nobody could say there was any lack of effort from the team but lessons must be learned and quickly.

That said, Canvey Island are a good side, fairly robust and well organised who on this performance fully justified their place in the Ryman League Premier Division Table.

Monday won’t be an easy ride against Bognor Regis who beat Vanarama National League North side Lowestoft Town in a close fought FA Cup tie.

Match Report by Tony Duff.

Listen to Canvey Island Manager, Danny Heale’s Post-Match Interview with Simon Pitts here.

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