Penalty decision baffles boss as Fleet keep clean sheet

With Fleet denied a penalty 20 minutes from time at the end of last night’s Kent derby, that was the obvious talking point for the home side post-match. Dennis Kutrieb couldn’t help but be frustrated by that decision but also praised his defence’s clean sheet on the night. “After the game, I would say we…

Fleet 0-0 Maidstone United

Fleet’s first Kent derby of the season and Dennis Kutrieb’s first one ever ended all square at the Kuflink Stadium, with both sides having chances to win the game. The home side were also convinced they deserved a second-half penalty when substitute Adam Mekki appeared to have his heels clipped cutting into the box but…

PREVIEW: Kent calling for Kutrieb’s first county clash

After an absence of more than a year – and what a year it’s been for football! – Fleet and Maidstone United renew their county rivalry in tonight’s Vanarama National League South clash. The clubs’ last meeting, back in March 2019, was a division higher as Fleet won it 2-0 but there’ll be precious few…

Taylor’s aim to switch success from amber to red

Bobby Joe-Taylor needs little introduction to home fans at the Kuflink Stadium.  His mazy run from the left wing is still seared into our collective memories, receiving the ball out left, the patient run at Tom Bonner and the drop of the shoulder to turn inside the box, ride the tackle by Dean Rance and…

Fleet eye Iffy as attacking intent adds up

Ebbsfleet United today announce latest signing Iffy Allen who departs near neighbours Maidstone United. The winger, 26, scored six goals for the Stones last season having played 22 times in their National League South campaign and contributed in a run to the FA Cup Second Round. The South Londoner has Football League experience with Barnet…

“I’m happy when you’re happy,” says Hill

Garry Hill and John Still managed the same club just across the water in Essex but it was the Fleet boss who came out on top in his first ever Kent derby and, much as he enjoyed the experience, he felt it meant more to the fans and players. “I didn’t [win it],” he told…

Gozie’s got his bearings back in a Fleet shirt

With spells at the Fleet such a long time apart, Gozie Ugwu could be forgiven for losing his bearings. But with his fifth goal for the club secured seven years after his fourth, he’s certainly not suffering from any problems in finding the target. “When I first arrived at the ground [to sign],” he told…

Maidstone United 0-2 Fleet

Garry Hill’s first Kent derby resulted in Fleet’s fourth successive win at the Gallagher Stadium and saw his side ascend to ninth place, three points off the play-offs. Gozie Ugwu’s first-half goal, ever so well crafted, and Michael Cheek’s last-minute header sent the impressive away following back to north Kent jubilant. Fleet made two changes…

PREVIEW: Maidstone United

Kent derbies are very much like London buses for Garry Hill. He hasn’t experienced a single one in his managerial career but three come along in the next five weeks as Fleet go in search of their first win against local rivals in 2018/19. Two draws and a defeat have been Fleet’s lot in Kent…

Shields moves in Stones loan

Ebbsfleet United winger Sean Shields has joined Maidstone United on loan. The 26-year-old, whose last game for the club was in the Emirates FA Cup replay defeat at Cheltenham Town, will move to the Gallagher Stadium on an initial month’s loan with a view to a permanent deal. Sean has played under both Daryl McMahon…