The Mead ended preseason with a trip through the Tunnel and defeat to Canvey Island.
Two goals in the final sixteen minutes of the first half, in the end, proved decisive as the Mead finished their preparations for the new BOSTIK South East season with a result that probably won't live too long in the memories of the travelling support.
Will Godmon was the busier of the two keepers and did well in the opening stages to deny Sykes, Gilbey and Melaugh. It was in the 29th minute that the home side took the lead when Gilbey raced onto a brilliant through ball to beat Will from twelve yards.
The home side continued creating chances and Will again saved well from Melaugh’s distance drive before the Canvey man turned provider for Tuohy, and the former AFC Hornchurch striker made no mistake.
The Mead’s response was almost immediate, and Richard Pacquette was desperately unlucky to see his header from Williams Danquah’s deep cross magnificently saved by Canvey keeper Palmer who diverted Pacq’s header onto the bar with a strong left hand.
Pacq’s went close again just after the break when Palmer missed a corner, but the Mead man snatched at the ball and the chance was gone.
Sadly, for the Mead that was as close as they got. and they ended pre-season with a two-goal defeat.
Next up and it’s the return to League action and the long-awaited start of the new season and opening day of the BOSTIK League South East division – destination Hastings!
Updated 20:33 - 6 Aug 2018 by sonya whittam
THE MEAD – Will Godmon, Harvey Brand, Williams Danquah, Merrick James-Lewis, Joe Denny, John Coker, Matt Bodkin, Bode Anidugbe, Danny Parish, Richard Pacquette, Michael Adolfo
Subs – Scott Kinch, Arran McCallum, James Pass, Lennie Laker, Jack Godfrey