“We had to make changes” – Fleet boss on team selection

Six changes on the Fleet teamsheet yesterday raised a couple of eyebrows pre-kickoff but Kevin Watson had a few of those forced upon him late in the week. Jordan Holmes’ absence to international duty was, of course, known well in advance but both Andre Blackman and Alex Reid were casualties at the 11th hour. “Andre…

Fleet 2-2 Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United must have finally thought their Ebbsfleet hoodoo was broken going into the second half with a 2-0 lead against 10 men. Fleet had Josh Umerah red carded just after Pools’ second – the first two goals the visitors had scored in five tries against us – and there was a mountain to climb…

Fleet aiming to create a splash in Pools visit

Two weeks ago, Saturday’s fixture might have featured a head to head between two caretaker managers in Kevin Watson and Anthony Sweeney. Now, with Watson confirmed in his role and former AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor having gotten his feet under the desk at the Super 6 Stadium, it’s a clash of two sides keen…

Zach on track with Merstham loan

Fleet midfielder Zach Dainkeh has joined BetVictor Isthmian Premier club Merstham on loan. The Surrey side are currently 18th in their division which includes Kent clubs Margate, Folkestone Invicta and Cray Wanderers. Dainkeh, a former Charlton youth, progressed through the Fleet’s Academy to sign first-team forms and was on the bench against Barrow this season….

Can Fleet make the £1k mark as MANarama campaign extended?

The Fleet’s fundraising efforts for MANarama and Prostate Cancer UK are only £175 from the ‘grand’ total following additional donations last weekend. Should our total reach £1,000 it gives the club a second chance to win use of a minibus for three years. With the deadline extended by a week by Vanarama, Fleet fans, members…

“A hell of a hit!” Holmes gives a keeper’s verdict on Payne opener

Jordan Holmes saved Fleet once in time added on but couldn’t quite do it twice… though at least he wasn’t in the way of the thunderbolt strike by teammate Josh Payne. Holmes had a view from behind as Payne smashed his seventh-minute opener past the goalkeeper’s opposite number, who was left flat on his back….

Watson takes heart amidst disappointment

Fleet manager Kevin Watson admitted to extreme disappointment after his side had all but grabbed a replay only to see it wrestled out of their grasp in a frenetic Emirates FA Cup finale. “What a way to lose a game and I just said to the boys to take a little bit of heart from…

Fleet 2-3 Notts County

Sixteen years apart, it took another last-minute Notts County goal at the Swanscombe End to steal a replay at Meadow Lane from Fleet’s grasp. This time, however, the home fans were convinced they were at least in the draw for Round 2 after Gozie Ugwu’s penalty a minute from time had levelled the scores. It…

Can Fleet unravel Notts at third time of asking?

Kevin Watson will be hoping to overturn history by guiding the Fleet past Notts County in a cup tie – and making the Second Round for the first time as ‘Ebbsfleet United’. It was County who Fleet faced as Gravesend & Northfleet in our previous Second Round tie in 2003, the then Second Division (League…