LiveLIVE: Concord Rangers vs Ebbsfleet United

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Summary

  • Concord Rangers 1-2 Ebbsfleet United
  • From the Aspect Arena
  • Skrill South
  • Kick off 7:45pm

10:03pm

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

10:02pm

Full time. Concord Rangers 1-2 Ebbsfleet United

9:59pm

McMahon shirt in tatters down the front. He has put in a shift tonight. The £13,000 man from Dover.

9:58pm

Osborn replaced by Sessegnon for the away side.

9:58pm

Huge save from Edwards looks to have secured Fleet a play-off place.

9:57pm

Hearing Edwards, who somehow avoided a booking amidst his protests, was sent off after ten seconds earlier this season. 

9:55pm

Bricknell off and Corcoran comes on.

9:53pm

It's a good save from Edwards who guessed right. The keeper totally lost it after the penalty was awarded but made the save!

9:53pm

Stokes steps up. Save!

9:51pm

It's a penalty for Concord and there is pandemonium here. No-one knows why it has been given.

9:50pm

The skipper hits an unstoppable freekick around the wall and past the dive of Butler. Stunning goal!

9:49pm

It's McMahon with a goal for Ebbsfleet!

9:48pm

White with a header than glances off the crossbar! So close to a second goal for the home side. 

9:45pm

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.

9:42pm

This goal has really come out of nothing! It's Leon Gordon who sidefoots home after a cross by Miles.

It's 1-1!

9:40pm

It's a Concord goal!!

9:37pm

Collins with a shot that misses the far post.

9:35pm

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.

9:32pm

King gives the home side massive presence in the middle of the park. Rance is booked for a really late tackle. Things getting tense.

9:27pm

Really elicately poised game this now. Away keeper yet to be properly tested but Concord certainly not out of this game.

9:24pm

Looks like a 4-3-3 for Concord with Collins and Taafe flanking Stokes.

9:24pm

Concord: Easterford replaced by super sub Tony Stokes.

9:23pm

Steve King replaces Seedy Njie. Not sure what that will do to Beachboys formation.

9:22pm

This time last week the lights went out. Still a few bright sparks still out on the pitch this evening.

9:20pm

Out swinging delivery is cleared but Concord still have a throw deep in Ebbsfleet territory.

9:19pm

Njie wins a freekick after a tangle of legs with Howe.collins stands over the ball.

9:17pm

Cook sprints down the left into the box but is denied by the sliding Butler. Very good keeping.

9:16pm

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.

9:14pm

Very soft freekick for a knock on Taafe. Collins ball in is poor and the ball drops to Miles who strikes straight at Edwards.

9:12pm

Beachboys kick off

9:11pm

Very quiet last ten minutes of the first half. Teams back out.

8:55pm

Fleet one up at the break.

8:45pm

Freekick 20 yards out for Fleet. Good position after Bricknell wins the freekick. Poor effort by Cook just wide.

8:42pm

Rance hits a dipping drive high and wide Fter good work down the right from Osborn. 

8:41pm

May appears to control the ball with his hand but nothing is given and he smashes a right foot shot wide. 

8:39pm

The hosts have grown into this match despite posing no threat to Edwards' goal. 1-0 a fair reflection thirty minutes in.

8:38pm

Best wishes to Daniel Cook - the linesman who has been taken to hospital with what is thought to be a bad Achilles' tendon tear.

8:37pm

Referee is really letting this game flow well. Some very physical challenges but very fair.

8:36pm

Njie is really struggling to hold up the ball for the Beachboys. Looks a terrific athlete but he's finding it difficult against Acheampong.

8:34pm

McMahon moving it really smoothly in midfield. Cook a constant threat from wide as well.

8:30pm

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.

8:28pm

Crucial tackle by Lampe blocks the run of Palmer in the box. Great work.

8:27pm

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.

8:26pm

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.

8:24pm

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.

8:23pm

It's a goal and it's a brilliant goal for Ebbsfleet!

8:22pm

Clash of heads in the Ebbsfleet half. Njie and Acheampong slowly climbing to their feet.

8:21pm

Here we go. 14 minutes on the clock.

8:18pm

Linesman is here. Short warm up and we will be back underway.

8:11pm

Ambulance is here. This game will finish tonight. Honest!

8:10pm

Sounds like an Achilles' tendon injury for the linesman. Game to resume in 15 minutes.

8:09pm

Away fans behind the home goal giving Cowley some flack now as the officials walk off the pitch to make a decision. 

8:07pm

Linesman is in a lot of pain. Head in his hands.

8:04pm

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.

8:02pm

The stretcher is on. The away fans chant "call it off, call it off, call it off."

8:00pm

We now have a break in play as the linesman falls on his ankle. Looks like he won't be able to continue.

7:59pm

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.

7:57pm

Huge handball shouts as a Concord cross strikes the hand of a Fleet defender in the box. Referee deems it to be accidental.

7:56pm

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.

7:54pm

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.

7:52pm

Collins gets to the byline but his cross is beyond Njie. 

7:51pm

Both sides exchanging possession in midfield. Neither able to get hold of the ball. 

7:48pm

White impressing early doors in the middle of the park. Calm in possession and good distribution.

7:47pm

Both sides really up for this. Good travelling support for the away side today.

7:46pm

Fleet kick off.

7:45pm

Teams out and ready. Here we go.

7:42pm

The away side are in red and white today. Home team in traditional blue and yellow.

7:38pm

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

7:36pm

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.

7:33pm

Unsurprisingly Concord ring the changes tonight. Eight in total. Here come the line-ups.

7:33pm

Please leave your feedback with @echoluke on Twitter this evening.
This match is free for the supporters of both clubs tonight.

7:32pm

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.

7:32pm

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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