MARK Bentley felt there were plenty of positives to come from Canvey Island’s goalless draw with St Ives Town.

Despite the Southern Premier Central side playing the entire second half with 10 men following Jarvis Wilson’s dismissal, Canvey were unable to take advantage and will be involved in an FA Cup second qualifying round replay on Tuesday.

And Bentley was pleased to see his Isthmian North outfit keep a clean sheet after a convincing 5-0 defeat to Maldon & Tiptree four days earlier.

The Gulls’ boss said: “I’m frustrated that we couldn’t get the win, but we kept a clean sheet.

“It was important that we were solid at the back after Tuesday’s defeat.

“I wanted a response and we came to a side who are a league above us.

“I thought we were the better side even when they had 11 men.

“We need to be better with the ball and the boys know that, but we’ve got another opportunity to advance tomorrow.”

Canvey frontman Jason Hallett passed up two good first half opportunities before George Purcell saw an effort ruled out for offside.

The Gulls were handed a numerical advantage on the stroke of half-time as Wilson was shown a straight red card following a tackle on Albert Levett.

With 66 minutes on the clock, Canvey missed a golden opportunity to book their place in the third qualifying round.

Having gone on the counter-attack, Purcell found Hallett and the striker flicked a perfect through ball into the path of Tobi Joseph, but his effort when one-on-one with the goalkeeper was saved.

Neither side could break the deadlock and they will do battle in a replay.