Canvey Grab Three More Points
Anybody who turned up tonight expecting to see a spectacular performance from the team that beat Chester last Saturday might have been a bit disappointed. For a start, this wasn't the same team and it wasn't in the same class of performance. But it was another win and especially important for Ashley Harrison, another clean sheet. The last league goal that passed Harrison was on the 17th February away to Chesham.
The team selection was just a tad unorthodox, but it gave a valuable breather to some players and sent an important message to others that they are members of a very impressive squad. There was nobody lacking in skill on the pitch tonight, but the various changes meant that the eleven individuals didn't bond immediately as a team. It was a good example, however, of the strength that Canvey have in depth.
Harrow just don't seem to be able to get a run of good results together at the moment and that is a shame because their standard of football was much better than their league position would seem to indicate. No 9 Pat Gavin should have been on the scoresheet for the home side when he hit Canvey's crossbar early in the first half, but he should also have been on the scoresheet when again he hit the crossbar, this time his own, as he attempted to head clear a Canvey cross. In the end there was only one name on the scoresheet, that of Adam Tanner who was Canvey's two goal hero of the night. His first goal came from what was obviously a well rehearsed free-kick and his second was a beautiful volley from a ball screwed back from the bye-line by Ian Thompson.
Canvey found it very difficult to hold onto the midfield and Harrow enjoyed a long spell of the second half where they kept sending balls forward. The defence held up well, but it lacked a playmaker who could hold onto the ball and dictate the terms.
Harrow did 'score' once but it was off-side (or did the linesman see a different infringement?) . Apart from one or two dangerous looking moments, mostly that man Gavin again, they did little to really scare Canvey. On the other hand, Canvey were not the force that perhaps Harrow had been expecting, but what with the experimental team selection and the demands made on the lads last Saturday, it meant that two goals were sweet enough for the small band of travelling Yellow Army fans who braved the rain on this damp Tuesday evening.
Three more points from what was, in all honesty, just two shots on goal. But how many times has that happened to Canvey in the past? Will those three points be enough to keep Canvey's challenge alive? If Canvey win next Saturday at Chester, will anyone really care? But whatever happens, the end of the season is still a long way away - 16 games away to be precise..
Reduced Match Report by Merv
Canvey - Ashley Harrison, Ian Thompson, Chris Duffy, Ben Chenery, Micky Bennett, Craig Davidson, Adam Tanner, Adam Miller, Steve Clark, Wayne Vaughan, Peter Smith, Subs: Neil Gregory, Andy Jones, Steve Tilson.
Harrow Borough - David Hook, Andy Rose, Emond Protain, Dwayne Lewis, Lee Broughton, Christian Hislop, Fabio Valenti, Jon-Barrie Bates, Pat Gavin, John Hurlock, Leon Woodruffe. Subs: Carl Levene, Joe Lyons, Paul Scott.
Weather Conditions: Wet.
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