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Ebbsfleet United 1 Eastbourne Borough 0 match report

By KentOnline reporter
Anthony Cook Picture: Andy Payton
Anthony Cook Picture: Andy Payton

Ebbsfleet remain on course for the Skrill South play-offs after beating Eastbourne Borough on Good Friday.

Anthony Cook scored the only goal of the game at Stonebridge Road as the Fleet moved three points clear of fifth-placed Havant - who drew 1-1 with Weston in the evening - and six clear of Dover, ahead of their game on Saturday.

A Joe Howe cross was headed over by Ben May as Steve Brown's side went in search of an early goal, before a Cook delivery was spilled by Craig Ross - only for May to see his header cleared off the line.

Eastbourne went close at the other end when Charlie Gorman's powerful shot flew just wide.

Ross denied Billy Bricknell in the latter stages of the first half and the same player headed wide from a Daryl McMahon corner moments later.

Would the Fleet rue those missed opportunities? Not this time.

Three minutes after the restart, Aiden Palmer combined with Bricknell to set up Cook, who set himself before driving a low shot into the bottom corner.

May should have made it 2-0 but he headed wide from close-range. Rance hit the base of the post and May then did have the ball in the net, but it was ruled out for offside.

However, Ebbsfleet held onto their slender lead to leave themselves in a strong position ahead of their trip to relegation-threatened Maidenhead on Easter Monday.

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