PREMIER Division leaders Lowestoft were held to a 1-1 home draw by Canvey last night (Tuesday), but it was the visitors who ended up frustrated at the loss of the league’s last 100 per cent away record.
The sides exchanged headed goals in the first half, Rob King putting Canvey ahead and Matt Halliday replying. The game seemed to have swung towards the islanders on the hour, when Lowestoft keeper Andrew Reynolds was injured and striker Michael Frew took over between the posts.
Worse was to follow for the Trawlerboys when Dale Cockerill felled Jason Hallett and was sent off, leaving Frew to face a penalty from the ultra-reliable King. But, for once, the Canvey man struck the ball weakly and Frew earned the acclaim of the vast majority of the 633-strong crowd by diving to his left to save.
Lowestoft still head the table on goal difference from Cray, but only three points separate them from Canvey in eighth place.
Cray moved up two places with a 2-1 home win over Wealdstone. Lewis Perkins, having opened his season’s account with an FA Cup hat-trick on Sunday, was on target again after 11 minutes and there was no more scoring until 17 minutes from time, when Jack Clark made it 2-0. Richard Jolly pulled one back six minutes later but Stones could not draw level.
Billericay climbed to third with two unanswered goals against Hastings at New Lodge. Each side had a centre-back on the scoresheet; Sean Ray put through his own net in an unlucky 13th minute and Rob Swaine added the second eight minutes before the interval.
Hornchurch missed the chance to strengthen their position among the front-runners when they went down 1-0 at home to Bury thanks to Daniel Cunningham’s tap-in after 20 minutes. Urchins dominated for long periods but came no closer than a Martin Tuohy header which hit a post and a Lewis Smith shot which did the same thing, in the latter case with the help of a superb full-stretch diversion by Marcus Garnham.
It was all square again at Harrow, who have drawn four of the five home games. Jamie Delgado put them ahead in the 34th minute and Lee Newman replied for Tooting 12 minutes after the break.
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