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Match Preview and Guide | Ebbsfleet United (A)

William Bewsey
1:25pm, Mon 19th Feb 2024
Ebbsfleet United vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 20th February 2024
19:45 Kick-Off

Woking face Ebbsfleet United at the Kuflink Stadium in the second of back to back away games on Tuesday night.

After defeat at Halifax, Michael Doyle will be hoping that his side can get back to winning ways at a place where they have struggled to pick up results in past years.

With Rhys Browne returning to the squad, there could be a few changes from the side beaten at the Shay, as the Cards look to win a proverbial ‘six pointer’.

Opposition Watch
The league table was looking much bleaker for the Fleet when they decided to part ways with German boss Dennis Kutrieb, and they’ve certainly enjoyed a new manager bounce under Danny Searle.

Former Aldershot and Braintree boss Searle was given the interim reins ahead of the visit of Oldham, and draws with them and an away draw at Chesterfield gave him the job permanently. His first game in permanent charge on Saturday couldn’t have gone much better, with a 3-0 home win over Eastleigh lifting the Fleet above the Cards and into 21st place.

The return of striker Rakish Bingham from injury has benefitted both him and Searle’s side, with two in his last two games as the Fleet in total have scored five. Other threats include last season’s top scorer Dominic Poleon and former Card Toby Edser.

Overall, Ebbsfleet have picked up 35 points from 34 games, winning nine, drawing eight and losing 17. They’ve scored 43 and conceded 58, leaving them with the fifth worst defensive record.

Last Time Out

In a game where Woking could have scored five or six, it would finish 1-1 at the Laithwaite in September as Jim Kellermann’s first half penalty was cancelled out by Ouss Cisse’s goal on the hour.

The last time Woking travelled to the Kuflink Stadium was in January 2020, and despite Jake Hyde’s penalty opening the scoring, two goals from Tomi Adeloye gave the Fleet all three points and a 2-1 win.

Across 28 games, Ebbsfleet have won 11, with Woking winning seven and 10 draws between the sides.

Around the Ground
Away supporters will be able to purchase tickets online here.

The Cards Trust are running a supporters coach, details are here.

Away supporters will access Kuflink Stadium via the away supporters turnstiles located behind the Swanscombe End.

Ticket prices
£19 Adults
£15 Concessions (*65+)
£9 Youth (13-17)
£1 Junior (U12) (only available when accompanied by and purchased with an adult ticket).

Disabled and Carer Tickets
Please contact 01474 533796 at least 48 hours before matchday. Limited spaces are available.

Parking at Ebbsfleet United can be found in the Ebbsfleet International Train Station, Car Park C for a cost of £3.

Match Report | Cards limp to defeat at Fleet

William Bewsey
9:41pm, Tue 20th Feb 2024
Ebbsfleet United 1-0 Woking
Vanarama National League
20th February 2024

Michael Doyle made three changes to the side beaten at Halifax, with Tunji Akinola back from suspension and in for Rohan Ince who dropped to the bench. Scott Cuthbert was rotated and in came Luke Wilkinson at centre back, whilst Ricky Korboa replaced Jermaine Anderson, also on the bench.

A fast start to the game saw Woking robbed in possession early on, and a swift Ebbsfleet counter ended with the ball going into the side netting of the Cards’ goal, an early warning sign just two minutes in.

With eight minutes gone, Woking’s first sight of goal came when a Fleet player gave up possession to Jayden Luker, whose low drive was just wide of Mark Cousins’ far post. More good play from Luker saw him feed Lewis Walker, but Cousins rushed out to block his effort from a tight angle.

However, another swift Ebbsfleet break saw a neat through ball into Dominic Poleon, and he lifted the ball over Andre Jr to give the Fleet the lead on 18 minutes. The Woking response almost led to an equaliser on 25 minutes when a drilled ball in from Korboa was only parried by Cousins, and Dennon Lewis’ effort was somehow blocked on the line.

It was a similar story to previous games going into half time, with Woking chances not being put away and the opposition punishing them.

Half-time: Ebbsfleet 1-0 Woking

A low shot from Korboa on 50 minutes was the first chance of note during the second half, even if Mark Cousins gathered the ball fairly comfortably. But a big chance for the Fleet when the ball richoched into Poleon’s path went begging on 64 minutes as Andre pulled off a big save to deflect the ball behind for a corner. The following set piece saw Luke O’Neill free at the back post, but he couldn’t keep his half volley down.

Another big Andre Jr save was necessary to keep out a looping header on 73 minutes before ten minutes later, Josh Casey had to make a superb clearance off the line to keep out Rakish Bingham’s goalbound effort.

A couple of Ebbsfleet blocks were needed to keep out efforts from Manny Oyeleke, Dennon Lewis and Charley Kendall as Woking threw everything forwards, before a sumptuous cross from Dion Kelly-Evans just didn’t have the finishing touch from Walker’s flicked header, as it went agonisingly wide of the far post.

And that was the story of the game, as once again it was the Cards’ finishing touch that deserted them at the Kuflink, not to say Ebbsfleet were first to much of the general play. Saturday’s home fixture with Wealdstone is the next time Woking will take to the pitch, with points much needed.

Woking: Alexis Andre Jr, Josh Casey, Luke Wilkinson, Lewis Walker, Dennon Lewis, Tunji Akinola (Anderson 59’), Curtis Edwards (Oyeleke 45’), Ricky Korboa (Kendall 70’), Dion Kelly-Evans, Jayden Luker, Max Dyche

Unused subs: Odusina, Ince

Bookings: Walker 7’, Anderson 62’

Ebbsfleet United Mark Cousins, Luke O’Neill, Josh Wright, Rakish Bingham, Dominic Poleon (Samuel 82’), Franklin Domi (Clifford 64’), Toby Edser, Ben Chapman, Declan Skura, Bryant Bilongo (McQueen 57’), Myles Kenlock

Unused subs: Cisse, Fogarty

Bookings: Cousins 53’, Edser 58’, Domi 62’, Clifford 93’

Goals: Poleon 18’

Attendance: 1525 (244 Woking)
Ebbsfleet United LINEUP
1Mark Cousins
2Luke O'Neill
27Byrant Bilongo ('58)
16Franklin Domi ('65)
26Declan Skura
36Myles Kenlock
4Josh Wright
17Toby Edser
22Ben Chapman
9Rakish Bingham
14Dominic Poleon ('81)
28Tommy Fogarty
8Ousseynou Cissé
18Billy Clifford ('65)
11Darren McQueen ('58)
31Dominic Samuel ('81)

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