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Last-gasp score leaves Canvey coach smarting
CANVEY Island were left devastated after suffering a last-gasp 18-17 defeat to Cantabrigian in London Three North East.
The bottom-of-the-table Islanders seemed set for their first victory of the season.
But Cantabrigian scored a conversion with the last kick of the game, seven minutes into injury time, to leave Canvey coach Steve Murphy fuming at the final whistle.
“To say I am disappointed to lose like that would be a massive understatement. I think the ref must have got his watch from the Trotter brothers,” said Murphy.
“I can only imagine how the boys feel but it was our best performance of the season so far.”
Cantabrigian opened the scoring after just three minutes with a penalty which was given for offside.
Another successful kick then extended their lead to 6-0 but Canvey hit back with one of their own from Jon Edwards.
The Islanders continued to improve and scored a try when winger Jason Carter gathered the ball to touch down and, with Edwards adding another penalty, Canvey led 11-6 at half-time.
The Islanders extended that lead to 17-11 with two more penalties from Edwards and were still six points in front when the game headed into stoppage time.
But, with 47 minutes on the clock for the second period, Cantabrigian went over for a converted try.
And as soon as the decisive kick was landed the final whistle sounded.