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Ebbsfleet United 2-1 Gosport Borough
BEN May scored his third goal in two games for the Ebbsfleet as they overcame Gosport to secure a sixth straight win.
Stacy Long’s brilliantly judged lob eluded visiting Gareth Barfoot keeper to give Ebbsfleet the lead after just three minutes.
Gosport drew level in the 32nd minute through Sam Pearce, but Fleet secured the points just after half-time through May’s 53rd minute finish.
The outcome could have been put beyond all doubt but Billy Bricknell’s late penalty miss ensured a nervy finish for the Fleet.
However, they held out to extend their unbeaten run ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to Bishop’s Stortford.
Ebbsfleet’s sixth consecutive win began in dramatic style as they took the lead in the third minute.
A rebound from a May strike found Long 20 yards out and his precise lob beat two Gosport defenders and keeper Barfoot to put the home team ahead.
The visitors did threaten at times and had the ball in the net in the 14th minute, although the offside flag ruled out Daniel Wooden’s header.
Ebbsfleet’s Alex Osborn was forced off with injury in the 24th minute but his replacement Chris Sessegnon was impressive off the bench.
The Fleet were then guilty of missing some key opportunities and were soon made to pay as Gosport pulled level through Pearce.
A corner was dealt with poorly by Ebbsfleet and a weak clearance was volleyed in by Pearce from the edge of the box via an unfortunate deflection.
Steve Brown’s side came out impressively in the second half and May poked the home side back in front after a goalkeeping error.
A hopeful Sessegnon cross was fumbled by Barfoot, allowing May to pounce and stab the loose ball home to regain the lead.
Bricknell then missed the opportunity to kill the game off from the penalty spot in the 76th minute after Cook was tripped just inside the box. That miss resulted in an anxious finale for the home side but Gosport failed to mount a serious attack until the last minute.
The home fans will have heaved a big sigh of relief as they saw Wooden’s volley go wide of the post with the last kick of the game.
Fleet now face Bishop’s Stortford away knowing a win will see them leapfrog the Hertfordshire side and move into the play-off places.
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Ebbsfleet: Edwards, Howe, Palmer, McMahon, Lorraine, Huke, Osborn (Sessegnon 24), Long, May, Bricknell (Corcoran 85), Cook. Subs not used: Sankofa, Corcoran, Thalissitis. Att: 731.
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