Iron sees off Gulls in extra time

Braintree Town v Canvey Island – Emirates FA Cup – Rare Breeds Meat Co. Stadium – Report

Braintree Town 3-1 Canvey Island (after extra-time)

In a dramatic Essex derby at the Rare Breeds Meats Co. Stadium, Braintree Town overcame a spirited Canvey Island side 3-1 in their Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Replay, but the Iron can consider themselves extremely fortunate to still be in the competition when after falling behind just before the break after Evans Kouassi fired the Isthmian League side into the lead, it took an equaliser in the last few seconds of the game by Kyran Clements to take the game into extra time. 

As in the first game at Canvey Island, the Gulls took the lead just before half-time after Kouassi swept the ball home past Jack Sims into the bottom corner from the edge of the box and they were unfortunate not to add to their total with the Braintree stopper pulling off several fine saves thereafter.

Despite Angelo Harrop’s side pushing forward for an equaliser, they could not break down a solid Canvey defence and with time running out, it appeared that Braintree were on the brink of about an FA Cup exit, however in the eighth minute of stoppage time, substitute Clements got his head on the end of a lofted free kick to glance the ball home past Sam Jackson, via the left upright, to make it 1-1 and take the game to extra time. 

The late equaliser gave Braintree a massive boost and with the Iron looking the fitter of the two sides during the extra half hour, unfortunately for them, Canvey’s chance had gone and two goals by Aaron Blair in the 114th and 116th minutes secured what at one point had appeared to be an extremely unlikely passage into the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round, where they will play Brackley Town at Cressing Road on Saturday 30th September.

Next up for Braintree is a trip to Aveley in the Vanarama National League South on Saturday, whilst Canvey entertain Margate at the Movie Starr Stadium in the Pitching-In Isthmian League Premier on the same day. Both games kick off at 3pm.

Braintree Town: Sims, L Davies (Clements 79’) Carson (Stevenson 94’) Lambe, Grimwood, Tompkins, Sparkes (Mason 51’) Payne, Blair, Quantrell, Blackwell Subs not used: Smith, White, Watt, Matshazi

Canvey Island: Jackson, Crowhurst (Albon 103’) Arrowsmith, Salmon, Hall, Girdlestone (Capt) Ronto (Mveba 69’) Hubble, Sach (Tinubu 87’) Edwards (Deslandes 69’) Kouassi Subs not used: Ntim, Brown-Bampoe, Paxman

Referee: Eugene Robinson

Assistant Referees: Joshua Evans and Nathan Oakes 

Attendance: 337