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Match Preview: Ebbsfleet United

4 January 2019

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The Spireites host Ebbsfleet United in their next National League fixture on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Tickets can be bought online, or supporters can purchase their tickets on the day of the game, from the Club Superstore from 10am-12pm and then from the ticket office, which will be open from 12 pm until kick off.


Team News

During Thursday’s pre-match press conference, caretaker-manager John Pemberton confirmed that Alex Kiwomya is likely to miss Saturday’s game, by saying: "He came off after the (Solihull Moors) game and he was a little bit sore so we've got to be careful with him. He's very doubtful.”  

However, Pemberton gave a more positive update on the fitness of Tom Denton, who has missed the last couple of games due to injury.

"It was nice to see 'Dents' on the training ground this morning and we'll see how he is from the work he's done today,” said the caretaker boss.


The Opposition

The Manager – Garry Hill

Hill took over as manager of Ebbsfleet at the beginning of November after Daryl McMahon’s spell in charge came to an end.

He started his career in management at Heybridge Swifts and guided them to the FA Cup first round for the first time in their history. The 59-year-old also won promotion to the Isthmian Premier during his time at the club.

Hill then had a two-year spell at St Albans City before moving to Dagenham & Redbridge in the summer of 1999.

He had a successful time in the hot seat at the Daggers, and in his first season at the club took them to the Isthmian Premier League title. Hill also guided them to the Conference play-off final a couple of years later, however, they were denied promotion by Doncaster Rovers.

In 2004 Hill moved to Hornchurch, before going on to have spells at Weymouth and Rushden & Diamonds.

Woking was Hill’s next port of call in 2011, and they finished in the Conference South play-off places in his first campaign, but were beaten in the semi-finals by Farnborough.

They went one better the year after, as they were crowned champions and were promoted to the National League.

After six years as manager of Woking, Hill left the club in 2017 and returned to management as Ebbsfleet boss 18 months later.


One to Watch – Danny Kedwell

Kedwell has notched 12 goals so far this season, and will undoubtedly be looking to add to his tally tomorrow.

The striker’s most successful period came at Gillingham, where he scored 45 goals in over 135 appearances and won the League Two title in 2013.

Since moving to Ebbsfleet, Kedwell has found the net over 50 times in just over 150 appearances for the club.


Head to Head

This is only the second time that the two sides have met. Last time out the teams met at the Kuflink Stadium for the first game of the season, with the Spireites claiming all three points thanks to a Zavon Hines penalty in the second half.


From the dugout

Caretaker-manager John Pemberton: "We need to win football matches. I'm not going out to try and draw any football match.

“Having said that, I don't want to be gung-ho and end up being on the back of something we really don't deserve. It's just a balancing act, really.”


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- Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital

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- Providing reaction from the game on the official website


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