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Mon Apr 22
15:00

Match day

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Eastbourne Borough (H)
Mon Apr 22 15:00
The Vanarama National League South
9th
61pts

Rebels edged out by title chasing Canvey

| League
Att: 333
Slough Town
0 - 1
Canvey Island
Kennedy (20)
Steve Mautone
A Slough side high on confidence came into this game believing they could get something out of the match against a Canvey side who still have aspirations to become Ryman Premier League Champions ahead of Farnborough.

The Rebels were without Paul Coombs through injury, so Junior Haynes started up front with Derek Asamoah.

The Rebels started the stronger of the two sides, with new signing Asamoah looking very lively in the opening stages. It was Asamoah's cross in the fourth minute, which led to an early chance for Dave Rainford, but with Rainford stretching the ball eluded him by inches for what would have been a certain tap in.

Slough continued to took lively but a strong Canvey defence stood firm and Canvey gradually began to edge their way into the match.

On 20 minutes Canvey took the lead. A neat five man passing movement led to striker Wayne Vaughan putting former Ipswich star John Kennedy though on goal, who coolly slotted the ball past Mautone, an excellent goal.

Canvey then began to dominate for long spells in the second half and at times Canvey had the ball in their control for long periods, but to credit the Rebels they never stopped battling in midfield.

Slough did recieve a blow on 30 minutes though when Steve Stott pulled up injured to be replaced by former Canvey target Garry Cross.

This saw Darron Wilkinson move back into a central midfield position with Cross playing as a right winger and with Wilkinson now in the middle Canvey's playmaker Mark Stimson did not get as much time on the ball.

Slough took a while to adapt to the rainy conditions early in the second half and it was Canvey again who pressed for a second goal. They nearly did get the second goal, but for Steve Mautone saving expertly from Wayne Vaughan and Stimson in the early period of the half.

After this scare though Canvey were forced to sit back a little as the Rebels pushed hard for an equaliser in the last 25 minutes, but they had to do it without the services of both Keith McPherson, who looked to have picked up a hamstring injury and Leon Townley with a facial cut.

They were replaced by Eddie Denton and Damien Markman who went up front with Derek Asamoah, with Junior Haynes reverting to a left wing position.

It was Markman who had the best chance of the game about five minutes after coming on. A cross from Junior Haynes fell into Markman's path, but his volley sailed well over the bar when he should have hit the target at least.

With the pace of Markman and Asamoah the Rebels looked more dangerous and ten minutes before the end, only a superb save by Ashley Harrison prevented Asamoah opening his Slough account.

As the game went into the final minutes Canvey got back into the driving seat, holding the ball up in the corners. Slough had enough chances to snatch a draw but in order to get a share of the points you have to score and that's the one thing that Slough couldn't do tonight against arguably the best defence in the league.

Canvey Island Line up

Ashley Harrison, John Kennedy, Chris Duffy, Ben Chenery, Craig Davidson, Steve Ward, Peter Smith, Mark Stimson, Neil Gregory, Wayne Vaughan, Steve Parmenter. Subs: Steve Clark, Adam Miller, Ian Thompson.

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