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24 September 2019 Venue Kuflink Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Ebbsfleet United (A)

24 September 2019

The Bees return to action as they make the short trip to Ebbsfleet United in the Vanarama National League tonight (19:45 KO).

Darren Currie’s side travel to the Kuflink Stadium looking to bounce straight back from the disappointment of Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to FC Halifax Town.

The opposition

The Fleet currently sit at the foot of the table after a difficult start to the season, there only win of the season coming away at Boreham Wood as they ran out 2-1 victors. They are yet to win on home turf and will be looking to give The Fleet fans something to cheer about when the Bees visit this evening.

In their last match, the Reds suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Barrow as the visitors were in rampant mood. Garry Hill’s side will be in a similar position to Currie’s side in the fact they want to right the wrongs of their previous fixture.

Despite the host’s precarious league position, the Bees will have to be at their best if they are to return to The Hive with maximum points.


The Gaffer: Garry Hill

Hill took over in November 2018 and has since guided them to an 8th place finish in the National League last season.

The Fleet boss came in with a wealth of experience having previously managed at Woking, where he spent six years guiding them into the National League by winning the conference south in the 2011-12 season. Hill was a firm fans favourite at Woking and will be looking to turn around the difficult start to the season his current employers have had.

Hill has managed nearly 1000 games in football and certainly is an experienced manager at non-league level, his experience will be invaluable to The Fleet if they are going to move up the Vanarama National League table.



Last time out:

The Bees last trip to Ebbsfleet was one to forget as well fell to a 1-0 defeat, as Danny Kedwell netted the only goal for the Fleet. This is the first meeting between the two sides since December 2018 and Currie will be looking to reward the travelling army with three points.




John Akinde: The striker made 23 appearances for our hosts scoring eight goals in his time at Stonebridge Road back in the 2007-8 season. The big striker then went on to be a fan favourite at The Hive when he joined the Bees in 2014, making over 160 appearances and scoring 87 goals during his successful time with the Club.


Luke Coulson: Coulson joined the Bees in January 2017, he went on to make 11 appearances in an amber shirt before he joined the Fleet. He then went on to feature for Ebbsfleet 61 times scoring on nine occasions.


Currie’s pre-match thoughts

“We are looking to react from Saturday’s disappointment, I think we opted to play into Alfie (Pavey) more than we probably needed to, but that understanding between the players will come”

“We have spoken about our work ethic and our decision making on the ball, I am very big on those two areas. It wasn’t good enough the other day, so we must put it right tonight”

“Their position in the league makes the game equally as difficult, because they are fighting for their lives. They’ll be looking to kick start their season, so we have to match their effort and commitment, plus we need to sprinkle that with the quality we have within the squad”

“Confidence is high, the players have started the season well, but what we have to is react from a bad day, put it right and rebuild from there”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Ebbsfleet United 3-0 Barnet

24 September 2019

The Bees fell to a second straight defeat as they were well beaten by Ebbsfleet United at the Kuflink Stadium.

First half strikes from Myles Weston and Alex Reid sent the hosts into a two goal lead at the break, before Ayo Obileye wrapped up the victory for the Fleet. 

Darren Currie made just one change from the weekend as Mauro Vilhete came in for Charlee Adams in midfield. Harry Taylor also made it back to the bench after a recent spell on the sidelines. 

A cagey opening saw half chances for both sides as first Ayo Obileye headed wide for the hosts before Akinola saw his glancing header fall comfortably wide of the upright.

On half-hour the hosts nearly took the advantage as Frankie Sutherland's long-distance drive was fumbled by Loach, but thankfully there were no Fleet players to follow up. 

The Bees struggled to get going in the opening half an hour and couldn't find that killer pass on a quick pitch at the Kuflink Stadium. 

Subsequently, the Bees were punished as Myles Weston's whipped in cross went all the way through into the back of the net to give the Fleet the lead. 

It was De Ja Vu from Saturday as the Bees conceded straight away as they failed to clear and Alex Reid picked up the loose ball to slot past Loach to double the advantage. 

Currie's side trudged off at the break two goals behind and deservedly so with a disappointing first-half showing at the Kuflink. 

Five minutes into the second half the deficit was almost halved as Mason-Clark saw a shot deflect just wide of Jordan Holmes' goal. Up the other end, Josh Umerah stung the palms of Loach with a long-distance strike. 

10 minutes later Vilhete was next to go close as his deflected effort went just the wrong side of the upright as the Bees looked to up the anti and bring themselves back into the game. 

Just 60 seconds later and with an hour on the clock it should have been 2-1 as substitute Josh Walker burst into the box but saw his effort saved by the legs of Holmes. 

The hosts made the points all but safe with 19 minutes to go as a long ball wasn't dealt with and Obileye smashed it into an all but empty net to pile on the misery for Currie's side. 

The Bees tried to respond as Pavey forced Holmes into a superb save after he brought the ball down in the box, the follow up was well blocked by The Fleet defenders. 

The Bees will have to respond on Saturday when they host Solihull Moors at The Hive London in Vanarama National League action. 



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