Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: David Plumb/Ebbsfleet United
THE Magpies fell to fellow relegation strugglers Ebbsfleet on a wet and wild afternoon in north Kent.
The first half didn’t get going due to the conditions. The sticky pitch and blowing wind made any style of football difficult, despite this there were a couple of efforts worthy of being recorded.
The best one came from the right boot of Frankie Sutherland, whose fizzing low effort was palmed away from danger by Matt Urwin. In reply Jake Cottrell and Alex Newby shot wide.
There was more action in the opening six minutes of the second half than the whole of the first. Adam Mekki fired just wide from a Sutherland corner with 30 seconds gone, before the Magpies replied through a blocked Courtney Meppen-Walters strike from a corner. Marcus Carver then forced David Gregory into his first save on the day, from an acute angle, following a defensive slip by the hosts.
Fleet recovered to take the lead soon after. A wicked Frankie Sutherland free kick flew past Urwin off the boot of a Chorley player.
The visitors rallied, with Alex Kiwomya on for his debut; Carver went close again from a better angle, seeing his effort flash past the far post. The number then almost found Kiwomya with a low cross, but it was cleared at the death.
Ebbsfleet’s attacking threat was now sparse as the wind howled away. A Scott Duxbury corner was blocked on the line and his rebound effort blocked away for a corner. The probing continued but the chances all-but dried up, until Newby’s late penalty, after Kiwomya was brought down, was brilliantly saved by Gregory, leaving the Magpies with nothing to show for their efforts.
Ebbsfleet: Gregory; King (c), Obileye (Grimes, 86′), Wilson, Blackman, Ugwu (Adeloye, 82′) Goddard (McGlashan, 70′), Sutherland, Ekpiteta, Payne, Mekki. Subs not used: Umerah, Holmes.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Meppen-Walters, A.Newby, O’Keefe (Nortey, 84′), Carver, Ross, Cottrell (c) (Kiwomya, 63′), Smith, Duxbury, Kay (E.Newby, 75′). Subs not used: Blakeman, Baines.
HT 0-0 / FT 1-0
Goals: Own goal (57′)
Referee: Adrian Quelch
Assistants: Darin Geary & Chris Myatt
Fourth official: Scott Williams
Coming up: Barnet visit Victory Park next Saturday (3pm) for another Vanarama National League clash; £15 adults, £12 concessions, £7 18-21s, £5 12-17s & FREE accompanied under-12s – Pay on the day or online.