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Ebbsfleet 0 Town 2

18 January 2020

Match Reports

Ebbsfleet 0 Town 2

18 January 2020

Goals from Connor Hall and Jack Muldoon made it six wins from six as Town surged up to second with victory at Ebbsfleet.

Hall's volley was a moment of magic and put Town ahead at the break, before Fleet Captain Josh Payne was sent off for two yellow cards in quick succession.

Muldoon's clever finish instantly made the hosts pay, with a convincing rearguard display stretching Town's run to over seven hours without conceding.

Simon Weaver opted to recall the six players who missed out at Darlington, while Friday's loan signing Kian Harratt started on the bench.

The afternoon got off to an unusual start after Referee James Durkin twisted his ankle in the warm-up, resulting in a 15-minute delay and Fourth Official Kirsty Doyle Refereeing the contest.

Jack Emmett forced the first save of the afternoon, but it wasn't until the 21st minute that either goal was threatened as Fleet Captain Josh Payne sliced across the face of goal.

The hosts then hit the frame of the goal as Josh Umerah tried to curl round the legs of Connor Hall, finding the outside of the upright when doing so.

Just after the half hour mark, Jack Muldoon could count himself unlucky not to see his name on the score sheet, twice having goals dissallowed in the space of four minutes.

First the forward was flagged offside after finishing when David Gregory had parried Josh Falkingham's powerful drive.

Muldoon then blasted home from close range after the Ebbsfleet goalkeeper dropped the ball in his vicinity, but was adjudged to have been fouled by Jon Stead.

With six minutes to go until half time a moment of sheer class lit up the contest, Hall volleying into the top right corner from the edge of the box to send his side into the break level.

Despite Town starting the second half well, James Belshaw was forced into an impressive early save, keeping out Jermaine McGlashan's first time finish at his near post.

Tempers looked like spilling over as we approached the hour mark with Josh Payne and Jack Diamond both booked after a coming together.

Town's attacker got the better of the dual though as Payne sliced him down minutes later and was shown a second yellow, forcing Manager Kevin Watson into an early triple substitution.

It didn't take long for Town to make the numerical advantage pay as Muldoon nipped in at the near post to provide a lethal touch to strike partner Stead's cross, his 11th goal of the season.

Town weren't prepared to settle for their two goal lead as Will Smit went close, heading against the cross bar as Alex Bradley's corner was flicked on at the near post.

The closing stages offered the chance for Harratt to make his debut as Town reached over seven hours withiout conceding to secure victory.

Town: Belshaw, Falkingham, Burrell, Emmett (Harratt 83), Bradley, Stead, Kerry, Muldoon (Kiernan 87), Hall, W Smith, Diamond (Thomson 69)

Subs not used: Cracknell, Gallacher

Goals: Hall 39, Muldoon 63

Booked: Diamond

Ebbsfleet: Gregory, Obileye, Wilson, Goddard (Mekki 58), Umerah (Ugwu 58), Grimes, Egan (Adeloye 58), Sutherland, Ekpiteta, Payne, McGlashan

Subs not used: Palmer, Dainkeh

Booked: Sutherland, Payne, Mekki, Ekpiteta

Sent off: Payne

Referee: K Dowle

Attendance: 822

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