Hadler’s shootout spirit

A goalkeeper making a debut on the opening day of the season is usually nothing to write home about. But when you throw in a penalty shootout, progress to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup and a couple of match-winning saves in both normal time and the aforementioned spot-kick lottery, then yesterday was…

Fleet welcome new handler in Hadler

Ebbsfleet United have landed their first new face of the summer as Eastbourne Borough goalkeeper Tom Hadler is added to the ranks today. The 6ft 4in Canterbury-born player is a product of the Gillingham Academy and he spent more than six years at Priestfield, having been handed his League One debut in April 2018 by…

Keeping the Holmes fires burning

Jordan Holmes was the last Ebbsfleet player to take a touch in 2019/20, his tip over the bar of a Halifax corner deep into injury time the very last action of the entire National League campaign before lockdown drew a veil over the regular season. That helped secure a second win and clean sheet that…

Pressure doesn’t exist, says cool customer Gregory

David Gregory had a busy last five minutes against Chorley in a game that saw both himself and opposite number Matt Urwin largely unemployed for the rest of the proceedings. But the Fleet keeper, having given away a late penalty, stepped up to save it and then pull off another fantastic stop to preserve the…

‘Bittersweet’ moment for Holmes’ Asian Cup call-up

Jordan Holmes swaps playing against Barrow for Bahrain as he targets qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – but the Fleet goalkeeper jets out frustrated at the nature of the deflected goal that beat him on New Year’s Day. “It was a bit unfortunate and really frustrating,” Holmes told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “I’ve…

Ashmore joins Wood for the season

Fleet goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore has agreed a season-long loan deal with fellow National League side Boreham Wood. The 29-year-old began the campaign as Fleet’s first-choice goalkeeper but has seen Jordan Holmes establish himself as the favoured No.1, following Nathan’s 171 appearances and three-and-a-half years at the Kuflink Stadium.  Boreham Wood lost one of their two goalkeepers –…

Holmes stays home to concentrate on Fleet

New goalkeeper Jordan Holmes has skipped the forthcoming international break with Australia to stay in England with Ebbsfleet United. The 22-year-old, who has played in the last two games for the Fleet, is the U23 goalkeeper for his native country with his sights set on competing for the Olyroos in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. But…

A new home for Holmes

Fleet have added their second signing of the week with the capture of Australian U23 goalkeeper Jordan Holmes, following international clearance coming through. The 6ft 3in Sydney-born stopper played for Rockdale City and Sydney United at youth level in his homeland before moving to England to sign for Bournemouth in 2013. He progressed through the…

Palmer’s a hand-in-glove fit for the Fleet

Ebbsfleet United have added another goalkeeper to the squad having completed the signing of Harry Palmer. The 24-year-old, who played part of the friendly against Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday, joins the Garry Hill rebuilding project at the Fleet from Canvey Island. Palmer has also played for Braintree Town, Lewes, Haringey Borough, Dorking Wanderers, Brightlingsea Regent…

The memories will never leave, says Fleet keeper

The only Fleet player to feature in every minute of every league game this season has said the post-match celebrations will never leave him as he reflected on clinching promotion last Saturday. Goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore made his 63rd appearance for the club in the victory over Chelmsford City and he told Charles Webster how incredible it…