Rovers do the double over Canvey
By Daniel Ellis
After Saturday’s game with Barking was postponed Great Wakering Rovers were back in action at Burroughs Park on Tuesday night against local rivals Canvey Island.
With Stephen Butterworth and Simon Glover at the helm Rovers were seeking a much needed 3pts in this south Essex derby to ease the pressure from the relegation zone, Canvey Island named an unchanged side from their game at the weekend which included ex Rovers striker Adam Vyse.
Rovers took the lead in the seventh minute when Billy Johnson sent in a delightful freekick to find the head of defender Gorbell to put the hosts in front
However it only took the visitors six minutes to find the equalizer, Adam Vyse found himself on the edge of the box with Goalkeeper Harry Seeden off his line, Vyse exquisitely lobed the stopper to level the score, Seeden was again called into action later in the second half pushing a low free kick onto the post.
With 35 minutes on the clock rovers were awarded a free kick on the edge of the D, free kick specialist Billy Johnson stepped up to take the kick superbly curling it into top corner to take the hosts in front at half time.
Half time Great Wakering 2 Canvey Island 1
The second half started brightly with early chances for both teams, the Gulls pressing for the leveller to try and improve their playoff hopes, but it was the Greenboys who looked more likely to get a third with Johnson impressing again going forward hitting the inside of the post to narrowly be denied his second and then again as he squared the ball perfectly into the box for the incoming Tony Martin who couldn’t find the back of the net.
A few more chances came and went for both sides but Rovers defence stood strong to earn a massive 3pts to steer the Greenboys away from danger.