Clarets see off Gulls thanks to Haysman strike

By Brian Jeeves in Football

Canvey Island 0-1 Chelmsford City

CHELMSFORD CITY extended their unbeaten pre-season run to four games following a 1-0 win at Canvey Island.

Kane Haysman’s goal after 58 minutes proved to be enough as Rod Stringer’s Vanarama National League South won at The Financial Frost Stadium. Former Claret Frankie Merrifield had the hosts’ first real attempt on goal, however, a low save down to the right from Sam Beasant nullified the effort.

Eight minutes later the hosts thought they had the lead when Callum Ibe drilled Albert Levett’s through-ball past Beasant, however, the scores remained level due to the assistant referee’s flag being raised for offside.

The Clarets briefly threatened towards the end of the half, but, proceedings were brought to an end with the scoreline level after a tight opening forty-five minutes.

Stringer’s side continued to threaten in the opening encounters of the second half, but neither Lee Barnard nor Shaun Batt could break the deadlock. Batt created an excellent chance to score by crossing to Barnard on 54 minutes but Elliott Warren managed to deny the strikers a goalscoring opportunity.

James Walker was left ruing his missed chance after watching his shot cleared off the line, following David Knight’s cut back when the ball was won in midfield by Haysman and the tricky winger drove forward before slotting past Conor Gough.

City almost doubled their lead on 82 minutes when Barnard was inches away from tucking home Michael West’s cross before the midfielder saw his own shot palmed away by Gough four minutes later.

The hosts had one late chance to equalise against the Clarets but a trialist was unable to convert at the far post as Danny Heale’s side were left beaten by City.

Canvey Island: Conor Gough (75), Jake Pitty (46), Ashley Dumas, Albert Levett (46), Elliott Warren, Jerrome Sobers (69), Frankie Merrifield ©, Sam Collins, James Walker (72), Callum Ibe (46), Teddy Nesbitt (69)

Canvey Island Subs: Mitchell Gilbey (46), David Knight (46), Ryan Charles (46), Trialist (72), Perry Hirst (69), Charlie Barlow (69), Jack Buckfield (75)

Chelmsford City: Sam Beasant (75), Elliott Omozusi, Aaron Greene (61), Max Porter, Michael Spillane © (46), Mark Haines (61), Kane Haysman (61), Jim Stevenson (61), Lee Barnard, Shaun Batt (61), Matt Johnson

Chelmsford City Subs: Paul Rodgers, Chris Bush (46), Craig Braham-Barrett (61), Anthony Church (61), Jake Jessop (75), Michael West (61), Chris Dickson (61)

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