Published: 16:50, 16 October 2021
| Updated: 16:59, 16 October 2021
Ebbsfleet are through to the FA Cup first round proper after a comfortable win over Hampton & Richmond.
First-half goals from Rakish Bingham and Chris Solly sent Dennis Kutrieb’s side into Sunday lunchtime’s draw.
They were good value for the win against a Hampton side who’d beaten them 3-0 in National League South just a matter of weeks ago.
Ebbsfleet made three changes to the side who won at Slough, with Chris Haigh, Alex Finney and Jack Paxman in for Josh Gould, Sefa Kahraman and leading scorer Dominic Poleon.
It was Paxman who laid on the Fleet’s opener with one of the passes of the season, a delightful chip from just outside the box into the path of Bingham, who drilled home his fourth goal of the season into the far corner in the 26th minute.
Fleet dominated the half, mixing up their play nicely, and deserved their added-time second even if Hampton were none too pleased.
The reason for that was referee Richie Watkins overruled his linesman, who was flagging for offside, and Fleet went on to win the corner which led to the goal.
Greg Cundle took, it swinging a lovely ball to the near post for Solly to head home.
Ebbsfleet could easily have been further ahead, finding ex-Gills keeper Alan Julian in good form.
He made a fine save with his legs from Bingham, shortly after the opening goal, and did even better to deny Cundle at the far post from Tobi Adebayo-Rowling’s cross.
Bingham also had another golden chance after Joe Martin and Lee Martin combined up the left, with Cundle feeding the Fleet striker who rolled the ball inches wide.
Hampton, who defended well, had just the one first-half opening with Haigh making a smart tip-over from Charlie Wassmer’s header.
Substitute David Fisher had a big chance for Hampton at the start of the second half but Finney blocked and Haigh pounced on the ball.
Fleet looked a little casual early on, presenting the ball to Jorome Slew, who might have made more of the opening, but the hosts went close to a third with Julian getting down well to push Lee Martin’s strike past the post.
Alfie Egan also went close, whistling a shot past the far post shortly after coming on for Paxman.
Hampton kept going and while Kylian Kouassi’s header tested Haigh, they didn’t really look like scoring.
Egan almost had a late third after winning back possession and bursting into the box but the impressive Julian came off his line to make the save.
Ebbsfleet: Haigh, Adebayo-Rowling, J Martin, Finney (Wood 79mins), Chapman, Solly, Paxman (Egan 66mins), Cundle, Tanner, L Martin, Bingham (Poleon 75mins). Subs not used: Gould, Kahraman, Wood, Romain, Monlouis.
Referee: Richie Watkins.