By Adam May
Luke Callander opened the scoring inside the first three minutes when he angled a shot past Sam Baxter in the Canvey goal to give the Clarets some early breathing space.
Canvey looked for an almost instant reply when Anthony Thomas shaped himself to shoot before volleying narrowly wide of an upright.
Thomas and John Sands then both had chances to level the scoring from set-piece positions but struggled to find the killer touch and the chances seamlessly passed them by.
And Callander almost punished the Ryman Premier side when his header hit the post following a looped corner and City looked comfortable throughout, particularly in the wide positions.
Canvey then threatened and Nicky Eyre was on hand to ensure the hosts went into the break with the lead intact when he reacted to keep out Rob Bartley’s fierce strike from close-range, which was the first time the former Heybridge Swifts shot-stopper was tested.
Changes were aplenty midway through the second-half and the flow of the game became somewhat disrupted, perhaps keeping in with the tradition of pre-season matches.
But despite the alteration in personnel, the Clarets maintained their lead and the introduction of skipper Mark Hughes, Glen Southam and Lee Sawyer brought some stability and resilience into the centre of the park, although Canvey had numerous opportunities to level.
Nicky Eyre was called upon when Anthony Thomas let fly on a well-struck shot which had to be saved low and soon after Eyre then miraculously tipped substitute Mike Jones’ effort on to the bar in what was an outstanding goalkeeping performance.
City’s Joe Ward beat Tom Strickland with an impressive piece of trickery before cutting inside on his left and arrowing a shot inches wide of an upright.
That chance was to no avail however as Mark Hughes rose unmarked to head home from a corner as the Clarets made sure of the victory.