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Ebbsfleet United head to Havant & Waterlooville on Good Friday

By Steve Tervet

Garry Hill knows Ebbsfleet can’t afford to drop another point if they’re to have any chance of making the play-offs.

Fleet are four points outside the top seven with just three matches of the National League season remaining.

Their play-off hopes will be over if they lose at Havant on Good Friday and Eastleigh win at Dagenham.

Ebbsfleet play Dagenham & Redbridge in the National League at Stonebridge Road on Saturday. Picture: Chris Davey... (8539660)
Ebbsfleet play Dagenham & Redbridge in the National League at Stonebridge Road on Saturday. Picture: Chris Davey... (8539660)

But equally Hill’s side may be just a point behind the Spitfires by the time Dover visit Stonebridge Road on Easter Monday.

Harrogate, one point better off than Eastleigh, are also within reach although defeat at home to Dagenham last weekend has lengthened Ebbsfleet’s odds.

“I always believe,” said Hill. “But we’ve got to get nine points. There’s no point saying anything different.

“Harrogate have got a tough run-in; Orient and Wrexham away and Gateshead at home, and Eastleigh have got three tough games but we’ve got to do our job.

“You’ve got to look after your own house. If other results go your way, that’s a bonus but you have to win your own games.

“We could go down to Havant and get a good result, beat Dover here as well and get maximum points and (the teams above us) could lose a game.

“We were chasing anyway and it’s been a blow to us but there’s nine points on offer.

“If we get those nine points, we can only hope and see where it takes us.”

Hill criticised Fleet’s performance in the Dagenham defeat and may ring the changes at relegated Havant.

“We weren’t good enough,” he admitted. “We were very poor by our standards and I have no satisfaction in saying that, only disappointment.

“Danny Kedwell and Andy Drury came on and did as much as they could to get the team going but Danny Kedwell and Andy Drury haven’t been in the team.

“They’ve shown a great attitude throughout and they come on and made an impression in the second half.

“Danny Kedwell won more headers in the second half than the other two boys (Michael Cheek and Gozie Ugwu) won in the first half. We had too many players who didn’t do enough.

“It’s a big kick – there’s no point me saying anything different. It’s a big kick, not that we’ve got beat but the manner of the performance.

“If there was a time when you didn’t want a game to be a disaster in respect of the performance and the result, it was Saturday.”

Friday’s game and the derby against Dover on Monday at Stonebridge Road both kick-off at 3pm.

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