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Match Preview and Guide | Ebbsfleet United (H)

William Bewsey
2:06pm, Sun 17th Sep 2023
Woking vs. Ebbsfleet United
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 19th September 2023
19:45 Kick-Off

Woking will look to continue their five game unbeaten run when they welcome last season's National League South champions Ebbsfleet United to the Laithwaite on Tuesday night.

After a hugely impressive performance on Saturday at Hartlepool United, Darren Sarll may wish to rotate in certain areas with four games in the next 12 days. Jermaine Anderson made his first start of the season at Victoria Park, and midfield options such as Matt Robinson and Robbie Willmott could be considered, whilst in defence, the likes of Greg Taylor and new signing Timi Odusina will hope to find themselves in the starting XI.

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Opposition Watch
Since an unfortunate relegation on points per game following the curtailed 2019/20 season, Ebbsfleet found themselves unfortunate to not go up at effectively the first time of asking in 2021/22; of course the 2020/21 National League South season was null and voided just after the turn of the year. Despite being 2-1 up with just seconds left in the 2022 National League South playoff final at Meadowbank, a stoppage time equaliser and then an extra time winner saw Dorking go up at the expense of the Fleet, but a record breaking season last year saw them pick up 103 points as they stormed to the title.

As a result, German manager Dennis Kutrieb has put his trust in many of the players that took the Fleet up to carry that momentum on in the fifth tier, with fairly limited transfer business. However, the signings of former EFL players Ouss Cisse and David Amoo show the ambition in this part of Kent, as well as regular Walsall starter Hayden White. One to watch is definitely Dom Poleon; the former Leeds man has an amazing 62 goals in 93 league appearances since joining in 2020. That includes 7 in 7 appearances so far this season, to carry on from his 36 goals last season. Amongst the Fleet ranks is also former Woking loanee Toby Edser.

However, despite an impressive start to life back in the National League, Ebbsfleet have suffered back to back defeats at the hands of Wealdstone and Chesterfield, having won four and lost five of their opening nine games. They've scored 15 and conceded 13 so far this season.

Last Time Out
Woking's rotten record at the Kuflink Stadium saw them beaten 2-1 despite a Jake Hyde penalty in January 2020, whilst the relegation bound Fleet had the better of the Cards in the FA Cup, knocking Woking out 1-0 at the Laithwaite in October 2019 after a 1-1 draw in Kent.

Since 2012, Ebbsfleet have been somewhat of a bogey team for the Cards, winning just two of their last ten meetings, with the Fleet victorious on five occasions. Woking's last win came in November 2017, when an Inih Effiong goal was enough for a 1-0 win at the Laithwaite.

Match Report | Cards share spoils with Fleet

William Bewsey
9:44pm, Tue 19th Sep 2023
Woking 1-1 Ebbsfleet United
Vanarama National League
19th September 2023
Woking welcomed Ebbsfleet United to Kingfield under the Tuesday night lights after Saturday’s successful outing at Hartlepool. Darren Sarll made two changes, both in central defence, as Luke Wilkinson dropped to the bench; Scott Cuthbert wasn’t included in the squad. New signing Timi Odusina made his first start alongside the returning Greg Taylor.

Inside the first minute, excellent play from the Cards saw Padraig Amond’s header cleared away, as Woking looked to set the tempo straight away. A couple of excellent crosses from Josh Casey saw more pressure from the Cards, epitomised by Dan Moss’s desire to win a free kick by pressing high up the pitch.

Ebbsfleet came into the game in the next ten minutes, but it was Woking who spurned a good chance in the 17th minute. A well worked corner saw Jermaine Anderson presented with a chance to shoot from inside the box, but he scuffed his effort.

An even better chance for the Cards saw a knock down from Zak Bradshaw giving Amond an opportunity to shoot, but he blazed over. Ebbsfleet then tested Will Jaaskelainen on 26 minutes when a header from was tipped over.

Ten minutes later, a Jim Kellermann cross was met well by Amond, who was denied brilliantly by Cousins, before a pile driver from Kellermann forced him into an even better save.

Woking were given a penalty on 41 minutes after superb work from Ricky Korboa saw him draw a challenge from McQueen. Jim Kellermann stepped up and smashed the ball home past Cousins’ right-hand side to give the Cards the lead.
Half time followed shortly after, with Woking fully deserving of their lead, and playing with the confidence of a side five unbeaten.

Half-time: Woking 1-0 Ebbsfleet United

Seven minutes into the second half, great work from Amond and Korboa saw the latter fire over, and just moments later, Fleet were caught napping, and Amond’s curler was tipped over brilliantly by Cousins. Bradshaw’s effort then looped across goal as Woking continued to press for the second goal.

However, Ebbsfleet threw a spanner in the works on 59 minutes, when Craig Tanner’s in swinging corner was turned in by Ouss Cisse. Yet another golden Woking chance was spurned on 65 minutes, as Bradshaw was found unmarked by Kellermann inside the box, but he fired wide.

After Cousins handled outside his own area, referee Aji Ajibola only gave a yellow card despite claims from Woking players that he should have been sent off, before another big chance saw Korboa fire over from inside the box.

In the 96th minute, Ebbsfleet had a massive chance to steal all three points against the run of play, but a huge double save from Jaaskelainen to deny Coulthirst meant the points were shared.

Disappointing for Woking, who on another day would have scored four or five, but it’s now six unbeaten.

Woking: Will Jaaskelainen, Dan Moss, Josh Casey, Greg Taylor, Timi Odusina (Wilkinson 70’), Padraig Amond, Jermaine Anderson (Willmott 70’), Ricky Korboa, Tunji Akinola, Jim Kellermann (Robinson 81’), Zak Bradshaw.

Unused subs: Andre

Goals: Jim Kellermann 43’

Bookings: Odusina 38’, Wilkinson 83’

Ebbsfleet United: Mark Cousins, Josh Wright, Ouss Cisse, Darren McQueen (Sterling 86’), Dom Poleon (Coulthirst 45’), Franklin Domi, Billy Clifford (Tanner 58’), Chris Solly, Nathan Odokonyero, Ben Chapman, Hayden White

Unused subs: Sterling, Edser, Hollis

Goals: Cisse 59’


Referee: Aji Ajibola

Attendance: 2418

Man of the Match: Dan Moss
22Will Jaaskelainen
2Dan Moss
3Josh Casey
21Timi Odusina ('71)
5Greg Taylor
16Tunji Akinola
17Jim Kellermann ('81)
20Zak Bradshaw
23Jermaine Anderson ('71)
7Ricky Korboa
10Padraig Amond
1Alexis Andre Jr.
6Luke Wilkinson ('71)
12Matt Robinson ('81)
8Robbie Willmott ('71)
Ebbsfleet United LINEUP
1Mark Cousins
20Chris Solly
8Ousseynou Cissé
23Hayden White
11Darren McQueen ('85)
22Ben Chapman
16Franklin Domi
4Josh Wright
18Billy Clifford ('58)
21Nathan Odokonyero
14Dominic Poleon ('46)
26Haydn Hollis
10Craig Tanner ('58)
17Toby Edser
7Omari Sterling-James ('85)
25Shaq Coulthirst ('46)

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