CANVEY Island surged to 33-19 win at Maldon.

Jason Lansley bagged two tries in the win while Jack Chandler, Scott Wheeler and Brett Smith also touched down , much to the delight of coach Alex Breading.

"We made a few positional changes and it was good to see we have players that can play in positions out of their comfort zones," said Breading.

"What with the fringe players training and knocking on he first team door it makes for a healthy situation."

Canvey opened the scoring directly from the kick off as they caught the ball in the forwards and spread it wide enabling Chandler to score a try full-back Damon Cooper was able to convert.

Moments later, John Edwards teed up Lansley to score a try which Cooper again converted to make it 14-0.

Lansley touched down again just moments later before Maldon hit back with an unconverted try of their own which cut Canvey's lead to 19-5 at half-time.

After the break, Canvey suffered another setback when Wheeler was sin-binned for a deliberate knock on and Maldon took full advantage to score another try.

Their third try soon followed to level the score at 19-19 before Wheeler returned to the pitch and was able to score a try following a well-worked move involving hooker Smith, prop forward Jason Fardell and scrum-half Dan Bracknell.

Cooper again added the extras before another break from captain Charlie Clarke - who was lining up at flanker - enabled Smith to score a try Cooper again converted to seal Canvey's win.

The Islanders now sit fifth in the table but look set to be without Wheeler for the next few weeks after he suffered a broken thumb.