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Canvey Island want payback against rivals Bognor Regis
DANNY Heale says he wants Canvey to avenge their heaviest defeat of the season at home to Bognor Regis tonight.
The Rocks smashed the Gulls 5-0 in August on a day when if it could go wrong for the visitors at Nyewoods Lane — it did.
Among the mishaps, an accident on the M25 saw the islanders arrive on the south coast at the 11th hour, and they had to play with striker Simon Thomas at centre back because of injuries and suspensions.
Canvey boss Heale said: “It was a horrible day for us — it was just a comedy of errors and a bad result.
“It was at a time when we were really not getting any luck at all. But we know we are better than that and we want to put it right tonight. But we won’t be underestimating Bognor. I think they are one of the best sides in the division.
“They have a manager who has brought a lot of their team through from their youth set-up I think, and they play the right way.
“Along with us they are the form side in the division so it will be a good game, I’m sure.”
Canvey made it 10 games unbeaten with a 1-1 draw at home to Met Police on Saturday.
And although the visitors’ equaliser nine minutes from time left the Park Lane faithful feeling a bit deflated, Heale says it was another positive result.
He said: “They scored from a break away from our corner, which is disappointing, but I think a draw was fair.
“You have to take the rough with the smooth, and we’ve been doing alright recently — that made it 10 unbeaten.
“I hope it all evens itself out, and all we can do is keep our momentum going and see where it takes us.”
Canvey start the night eight points off the Ryman Premier play-off places, and Bognor are fourth in the table.
All of the promotion-chasers were keeping a keen eye on ninth-placed Hendon’s home game with the leaders Wealdstone last night, which finished after the Echo had gone to press.
The versatile Mike Jones picked up his 10th booking of the season against the Met and now has a suspension coming up.
And with captain Matt Game already facing a ban for his red card against Billericay, Heale says he is working hard behind the scenes to bring in some midfield cover.