REPORT | Ebbsfleet United 2-1 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 30 Nov 2019

As if we haven’t seen this numerous times already this season, if you don’t take you chances when you are on top, then you will be made to pay dearly for it.

While Ebbsfleet’s first goal might well have been deflected off a Wrexham defender, before Kieran Kennedy brought us back onto level terms, there was no doubt about Myles Weston’s strike in the second half to win it for the home side.

But this coming after Wrexham had pinned the Fleet back for long periods, yet time after time had failed to push home that advantage, leaving them at the foot of the table, leapfrogged by Ebbsfleet.

Following a pre-match minute’s applause for the former National League chairman Bill King, Wrexham were quickly onto the attack, with series of crosses in front of the United goal, ending with Luke Young trying his luck from distance, but the ball flew harmlessly wide of the target.

United’s Tomi Adeloye was frustrated when he was fouled on the halfway line and the next time the ball came near him, he felled Paul Rutherford with a clumsy challenge, looking for some revenge

On eight minutes, a cross from Weston was meet by Alfie Egan at the back post, but the midfielder’s header carried over the cross bar

Wrexham moved upfield and Akil Wright’s shot was well held by Jordan Holmes in the home goal, which was just as well for him, with Luke Summerfield swooping in looking for any rebound

But moving straight to the other end and Adeloye’s effort from a tight angle seemed to take a deflection that beat the despairing dive of Rob Lainton, to end up in the corner of the visitor’s net.

This setback did knock the Dragons out of their stride for a period and on 17 minutes, Josh Payne collected the ball 25-yards from the Wrexham goal, had some space and fired in a shot that Lainton was able to take moving to his right.

As the two teams exchanged blows in midfield, there was little in the way of goalmouth action, with sides fighting for the upper hand on a pitch that looked like it needed a decent cut.

Then on the half hour, there was some respite for the travelling fans, as Kennedy got forward for a free kick and as the ball was knocked back to him, he fired on target from12-yards. Although keeper Holmes went down to block the shot, it cannoned off him and into the net for the equaliser.

Wrexham finished the half enjoying the better of the possession, but without managing to breech the home defensives once again.

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The visitors started the second half with a patient attack down the left, that saw James Jennings cross in at the angle and Bobby Grant beat his marker Jack King in the air to send in a looping header that cleared the keeper, but was also just over the cross bar, landing onto the roof of the net.

This was followed up with a rasping drive from Omari Patrick that was always high, but not by too much.

Ebbsfleet surged forward on 50 minutes, with the ball being pushed out to Egan on the left wing, but his first time shot across goal was wide of the mark.

A minute later, Wrexham won the ball back on their right flank and Kennedy’s tempting cross was aimed at Wright, who met the ball squarely 15 yards out, but couldn’t keep his header on target.

Another minute on and Rutherford’s run and delivery, again from the right, was whipped across the face of the home goal, without any yellow shirt able to apply the final touch.

The first change of the afternoon came on the hour, as ex-Red Alex Reid was sent on for Adeloye.

Although it was Kennedy, on another darting run down the right, that sent over a cross that was begging for a Wrexham attacker to make contact with, but once again the opportunity was passed up

A free kick against Jennings, just into our half, was played forward by Weston, but it only bounced through to Lainton.

On 65 minutes, the ball flashed across the home goal towards Jennings, who seemed well placed for a shot at goal from inside the box yet missed the ball completely.

The referee then went back to issue a yellow card to Shaun Pearson, presumably for dissent.

Rutherford and Kennedy were combing to good effect on the right and supplying a series of crosses, but we couldn’t take advantage of them.

Reid sparked a period Ebbsfleet pressure and Egan won a corner, when firing the ball off Pearson’s leg. Unable to clear the danger, we gave the ball back to Weston and from wide on the right he fired a shot that the sailed passed Lainton, to put the home team back in front on 73 minutes!

Rutherford made way for Mark Harris with 11 minutes remaining.

Despite Wrexham pushing forward, they were unable to get passed a massed Ebbsfleet rear guard

There was also a booking for Young on 88 minutes.

Reid broke away, as we entered added time, but his finish only hit the roof of the stand behind Lainton’s goal.

The home side survived four extra minutes to claim the points and send the Dragons to the bottom of the table.

Ebbsfleet United: Holmes, King, Lawless, Blackman, Ugwu, Weston, Egan (Sutherland 76), Cordner, Ekpiteta, Payne, Adeloye (Reid 60).
Subs: Palmer, Obileye, Wilson.

Wrexham: Lainton, Kennedy, Lawlor, Pearson, Jennings, Summerfield, Young, Wright, Rutherford (Harris 79), Patrick, Grant.
Subs: Dibble, Carrington, Redmond, Tollitt.

Referee: R Atkin (London)
Attendance: 1,036
Away: 125ish

Bookings –
Wrexham: Pearson (66, dissent), Young (88, foul)

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