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LIVE: Concord Rangers vs Ebbsfleet United
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- Concord Rangers 1-2 Ebbsfleet United
- From the Aspect Arena
- Skrill South
- Kick off 7:45pm
Valiant effort from the Concord boys. Two games to go. Final league game of the season is home vs Bath this weekend. Free entry for all
Full time. Concord Rangers 1-2 Ebbsfleet United
McMahon shirt in tatters down the front. He has put in a shift tonight. The £13,000 man from Dover.
Osborn replaced by Sessegnon for the away side.
Huge save from Edwards looks to have secured Fleet a play-off place.
Hearing Edwards, who somehow avoided a booking amidst his protests, was sent off after ten seconds earlier this season.
Bricknell off and Corcoran comes on.
It's a good save from Edwards who guessed right. The keeper totally lost it after the penalty was awarded but made the save!
Stokes steps up. Save!
It's a penalty for Concord and there is pandemonium here. No-one knows why it has been given.
The skipper hits an unstoppable freekick around the wall and past the dive of Butler. Stunning goal!
It's McMahon with a goal for Ebbsfleet!
White with a header than glances off the crossbar! So close to a second goal for the home side.
So it's 1-1 in this game which won't be enough for the visitors to secure a play-off place. Will go to the final day.
This goal has really come out of nothing! It's Leon Gordon who sidefoots home after a cross by Miles.
It's a Concord goal!!
Collins with a shot that misses the far post.
Good spell of Fleet pressure sees Cook swing a deep cross out of play. Really high standard of football at times here tonight. Especially considering Concord played 24 hours ago. What an effort by these players.
King gives the home side massive presence in the middle of the park. Rance is booked for a really late tackle. Things getting tense.
Really elicately poised game this now. Away keeper yet to be properly tested but Concord certainly not out of this game.
Looks like a 4-3-3 for Concord with Collins and Taafe flanking Stokes.
Concord: Easterford replaced by super sub Tony Stokes.
Steve King replaces Seedy Njie. Not sure what that will do to Beachboys formation.
This time last week the lights went out. Still a few bright sparks still out on the pitch this evening.
Out swinging delivery is cleared but Concord still have a throw deep in Ebbsfleet territory.
Njie wins a freekick after a tangle of legs with Howe.collins stands over the ball.
Cook sprints down the left into the box but is denied by the sliding Butler. Very good keeping.
Visitors break and a great cross by Cook finds May who seems destined to score but for a fantastic last ditch clearance by Reece Harris on the goal line.
Very soft freekick for a knock on Taafe. Collins ball in is poor and the ball drops to Miles who strikes straight at Edwards.
Beachboys kick off
Very quiet last ten minutes of the first half. Teams back out.
Fleet one up at the break.
Freekick 20 yards out for Fleet. Good position after Bricknell wins the freekick. Poor effort by Cook just wide.
Rance hits a dipping drive high and wide Fter good work down the right from Osborn.
May appears to control the ball with his hand but nothing is given and he smashes a right foot shot wide.
The hosts have grown into this match despite posing no threat to Edwards' goal. 1-0 a fair reflection thirty minutes in.
Best wishes to Daniel Cook - the linesman who has been taken to hospital with what is thought to be a bad Achilles' tendon tear.
Referee is really letting this game flow well. Some very physical challenges but very fair.
Njie is really struggling to hold up the ball for the Beachboys. Looks a terrific athlete but he's finding it difficult against Acheampong.
McMahon moving it really smoothly in midfield. Cook a constant threat from wide as well.
So close to a second as May heads wide from eight yards. Good chance to double the advantage. When Fleet get the ball they look very fluid on the break.
Crucial tackle by Lampe blocks the run of Palmer in the box. Great work.
Njie fires in a low shot but it is blocked behind for a corner. Taken short Collins fires it into the box and it evades everyone before being cleared.
Collins swings in a freekick and the keeper flaps at it under pressure. It drops to Fry five yards out but he sends his header onto the bar and out! Great response.
A long punt upfield finds the head of his Easterfordmbut the ball only drops to Cook who hits a dipping drive over Butler who was slightly off his line.
It's a goal and it's a brilliant goal for Ebbsfleet!
Clash of heads in the Ebbsfleet half. Njie and Acheampong slowly climbing to their feet.
Here we go. 14 minutes on the clock.
Linesman is here. Short warm up and we will be back underway.
Ambulance is here. This game will finish tonight. Honest!
Sounds like an Achilles' tendon injury for the linesman. Game to resume in 15 minutes.
Away fans behind the home goal giving Cowley some flack now as the officials walk off the pitch to make a decision.
Linesman is in a lot of pain. Head in his hands.
Away fans still haven't forgotten last week. Fleet manager Steve Brown said there is no bad blood with Danny Cowley but there are many here who still think Fleet should have been given the three points. Incidences like this totally uncontrollable. Some don't think so.
The stretcher is on. The away fans chant "call it off, call it off, call it off."
We now have a break in play as the linesman falls on his ankle. Looks like he won't be able to continue.
Big chance for the home side. A freekick is lofted in by Palmer and nodded down by Acheampong to the edge of the box. Great chance for Cook but he slices over.
Huge handball shouts as a Concord cross strikes the hand of a Fleet defender in the box. Referee deems it to be accidental.
Butler is very lucky. A back pass from Lampe reaches him but his clearance is really poor and falls straight to Cook. The winger shoots but it is wide. Sould have tested keeper.
Harris plays an early ball over the top for the on rushing Gordon but he cannot control the ball and it runs behind for a goal kick. Concord making the early running. Thought Fleet would have come out quicker with the play-offs so close.
Collins gets to the byline but his cross is beyond Njie.
Both sides exchanging possession in midfield. Neither able to get hold of the ball.
White impressing early doors in the middle of the park. Calm in possession and good distribution.
Both sides really up for this. Good travelling support for the away side today.
Fleet kick off.
Teams out and ready. Here we go.
The away side are in red and white today. Home team in traditional blue and yellow.
Ebbsfleet: Preston Edwards, Joe Howe, Aiden Palmer, Daryl McMahon, Anthony Acheampong, Osei Sankofa, Alex Osborn, Dean Rance, Ben May, Billy Bricknall, Anthony Cook
Subs: Huke, Corcoran, Sessegnon, Thalasittis, Hall
Concord Rangers XI: Jamie Butler, Jack Lampe, Reece Harris, Taylor Miles, John Easterford, Matt Fry, Leon Gordon, James White, Seedy Njie, Sam Collins, Lewis Taafe.
Subs: King, Goodacre, Glozier, Stokes, Ogilvie
only Butler, Easterford and Collins keep their places. Reece Harris starts tonight.
Unsurprisingly Concord ring the changes tonight. Eight in total. Here come the line-ups.
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This match is free for the supporters of both clubs tonight.
The fixture pile-up has meant this is Danny Cowley's side second match in only 24 hours, with the Beachboys claiming a morale boosting 1-0 victory yesterday night at Basingstoke after losing three on the bounce.
Fleet are one of the most well-resourced sides in the division and currently sit in 4th place in the division. A win tonight will assure them of a play-off place, something that is now beyond Concord's reach, but the visitors have been stuttering in recent weeks - only picking up one point from their last three away games and losing the last two.
Concord have been sharing the goals around this season with Tony Stokes, Gary Ogilvie and Steve Cawley at the top of the charts.
Ex Billericay striker Billy Bricknell has been the visitor's danger man this campaign with 15 goals.
Good evening and welcome to the Aspect Arena for tonight's live coverage of Concord Rangers vs Ebbsfleet United.
This match was abandoned last Tuesday due to a floodlight failure (much of the surrounding area also lost power) with Ebbsfleet 2-0 up at the time. However, despite Fleet's protestations that the game need not be replayed the FA has ruled otherwise.
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