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Ebbsfleet United manager Dennis Kutrieb on winning National League South title and 3-0 home win over Oxford City

Ebbsfleet United manager Dennis Kutrieb was thrilled to win the National League South title for the club’s supporters.

The Fleet needed only a point on Good Friday against Oxford City but sealed their crown with four game to spare as Dominic Poleon hit a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Stonebridge Road.

They were presented with their winners’ medals and the league trophy immediately after the game.

“What a support it has been,” stated Kutrieb. “Everyone was celebrating with us at the end, over 3,000 people and no-one went home. That’s what you love to see as a manager.

“Of course, I enjoy it but it means so much for so many people who have supported the club for 20, 30, 40 or 50 years. They will be even happier than me and I’m over the moon.

“You can see how much it means for the people. We’ll really enjoy this as it was hard work.”

Ebbsfleet boss Dennis Kutrieb and hat-trick hero Dominic Poleon with the National League South trophy. Picture: Simon Hildrew
Ebbsfleet boss Dennis Kutrieb and hat-trick hero Dominic Poleon with the National League South trophy. Picture: Simon Hildrew

Ebbsfleet have now gone 19 league games unbeaten since their disastrous double defeat to Dartford over the festive period.

It’s been a remarkable return to form for Kutrieb’s men, who have blown their competitors away, and goes some way to making up for their Play-off final extra-time defeat at Dorking Wanderers at the end of last season.

“It’s a great feeling,” added Kutrieb. “We’ve been working hard for a long time, there’s been so many twists and turns over the season.

“It’s been amazing, especially from January 1, we haven’t lost a game since then so I would say we’re deserved champions.

“This means a lot coming as a foreigner to another country. You have some adversities and people say ‘you can’t do it’ or ‘you can’t play out from the back’ and some of the other things.

“All this stuff went on so I’m extra proud. Last season we wanted to do it at Dorking but to do it at home now is amazing and a great feeling for everyone involved. The players deserve it and should celebrate big time.

“You can enjoy things but you really value things and how good they are sometimes when they are gone or when you go through a tough period. We suffered a lot after the defeat last season but now one year later we’ve got what we deserved.”

On the impressive win over Oxford City, Kutrieb couldn’t speak highly enough of his players.

With the weight of expectation in front of more than 3,000 supporters, the Fleet turned on the style to make an excellent Oxford team look very ordinary.

“Oxford are third in the table and are a good side,” noted the Fleet boss.

“They put us under pressure and we had to suffer at times. But apart from that one chance they didn’t have any others so against a team that score a lot of goals that’s outstanding from us – defensively and offensive.

“It was a great team performance from start to finish, good goals. I think Dominic Poleon should have scored the first chance but then he took the next one outstanding, and then scored two more.”

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