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Match Report: Ebbsfleet United 1-2 Alfreton Town (Ebbsfleet fan's perspective)

By Henry
Saturday 31st March 2012
What an opportunity the Fleet missed on Tuesday night. A chance to all but mathematically guarantee safety gone. This was a match where we really should have been earning a point at the very least. Manager Liam Daish made one change from Saturday's win over Kettering, experienced centre-mid Rambir Marwa came in for Liam Bellamy.

Both Ebbsfleet and Alfreton like to score goals so it was not too surprising that both 'keepers were in action early on. Lance Cronin was forced to make a couple of saves early on as Alfreton maintained dominance in the air.  A slick Ebbsfleet move (not often I can say that) saw Enver-Marum charge into the opposition half before launching a lovely cross field pass onto the boot of Ricky Shakes who picked out a perfect cross for the advancing Neil Barrett who's header was saved by the Alfreton goalkeeper. The opener came on six minutes at Gozie Ugwu's pass was finished with composure by Liam Enver-Marum. There was another opportunity for the striker soon as Enver-Marum was put through again, this time from a more tricky angle, his drive was parried by the Alf keeper. Another darting run by Neil Barrett almost resulted in another goal for the Fleet as he miscued from another dazzling cross. Alfreton, who had been dominant in the air all evening, got a scrappy goal close to half-time as the linesman judged that Cronin had caught the ball over the line.

Alfreton got the winner soon into the second period as their full back cut outside his man and fired a shot low into the far corner, Cronin did not see it until very late. After the goal Ebbsfleet were blunt, the introduction of the returning Callum Willock helped us but the closest we came was when substitute Nathanial Pinney ran down the right flank into the area and cut inside the defender but his curler was saved well by the visiting 'keeper.

This was how the match finished, it was unlucky for the Fleet and it probably should have ended as a draw yet it would be naive to say that we were hard done by.  Alfreton seemed to want it more, especially in the second half. Ebbsfleet could mathematically guarantee safety if they cause a shock at Mansfield this coming Saturday.

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