Jammers have to settle for just one point
By dave garwood
Maldon and Tiptree missed plenty of chances to win the game but had to share the points with a hard working Canvey Island
Canvey Island FC v Maldon and Tiptree FC Bostik League One North Saturday 13 April 2019
Jammers manager Wayne Brown made two changes to the starting line up from last Saturdays win against Basildon United with Liam Hope and Tobi Coker recalled in place of Lewis Dark and Jorome Slew.
On a good looking playing surface both teams started the game positively with what looked valid claims for an handball in the home sides penalty area turned away by the referee. The game sprung to life after just 4 minutes with a goal for Canvey Island when the visitors lost possession high up on their right hand side and the ball was played up to the unmarked Ryan Mclaugh who whipped in a fine cross to find Frankie Merrifield free in front of goal and he had little trouble converting from close range. The Jammers were level just a minute later when straight from the restart the ball was played up to Eddie-Louis Desane who in turn laid the ball back to Liam Hope and his low accurate shot found the net at the far post. The strong running of Dsane and Hope were causing problems for the home defence and home keeper Harry Palmer had to get down well to hold Dsane's shot from the edge of the penalty area before James Shepherds's free kick from wide of the left flew just in front of a number of advancing Jammers to whistle just past the far post. Canvey responded with Adetayo Osifuwa and Adeyinka Cole combining down the right before getting a cross over that Merrifield just missed before back came the visitors when a long cross from the right gave Hope possession and he turned well almost on the by line before firing in a shot that flew just past the far post. Cole, who looked the most threatening of Canveys forwards then beat two men after a short corner routine but then put his shot well over before Maldon and Tiptree were awarded 3 direct free kicks just outside the home sides penalty area in quick succession. The first saw Laste Dombaxe's first effort beat the wall but then find the upright before rebounding clear, the second saw another Dombaxe effort hit wide then the third from Tariq Issa shaved the far post before flying wide.
Half Time Canvey Island FC 1 Maldon and Tiptree FC 1
Canvey's Cole almost opened the second half with a goal but, after getting free just inside the visitors penalty area, he fired in a strong shot just wide of the near post before the visitors Kojo Awotwi and Dsane combined to put the latter through but his control let him down just as he seemed certain to score and the chance was quickly gone. The visitors pressure told after 59 minutes when they took the lead through Kojo Awotwi who received the ball on the edge of the penalty area and he got a low shot away that found the bottom corner. Tariq Issa then followed this up with a strong run forward from midfield before shooting over then Dsane fired wildly over after Hope had made the opening. Just when it seemed that the visitors were taking control the home side hit back in spectacular style after 66 minutes with a goal of the season contender when Merrifield expertly pulled down a long high clearance before turning and hitting a shot on the volley that flew into the top corner of the net from 20 metres. Maldon and Tiptree continued to make the better chances but often looked to play one pass too many instead of being a bit more direct although Canvey keeper Palmer did well to turn an Hope shot aside before Matthew Briggs got down the left before seeing his cross just turned wide by Dsane. Into added time the Jammers almost scored what could have been the winning goal when Dsane held play up well before playing in Hope but his fine effort skimmed the junction of bar and post then, from Sheperds free kick on the right, Jack Cawley got up well but put his header over the bar.
Final score Canvey Island FC 2 Maldon and Tiptree FC
Maldon and Tiptree's next two games are over the Easter holidays with a Good Friday, 19 April. home fixture against Great Wakering Rovers which kicks off at 1 pm (NOT THE USUAL 3 PM) then an away fixture on Easter Monday 22 April at Witham Town FC KO normal time at 3 pm