Fleet 3-0 Dover Athletic – Ebbsfleet United Football Club

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Six wins from six to start the season will see us into the record books as Fleet rolls on Dover – but three goals and a clean sheet added to manager Dennis Kutrieb’s pleasing stats.

There have been seven changes for the Fleet, with Jack Paxman returning to the matchday squad for the first time this campaign on the bench. Dover started with ex-Fleet duo Jake Goodman and Lee Martin, with Reece Grant as a backup.

And it was Martin with the first round of mind games, winning the coin toss and choosing to attack the Swanscombe End to start. However, Fleet enjoyed most of the early run, with Darren McQueen getting a shot in the opening minute and the home side continued to lead the game in Dover’s half.

McQueen had a second effort fired after a 12-minute corner kick was cleared and returned to him from 20 yards out, but the best chance of the opening spell came at 15 minutes when Greg Cundle found McQueen outside . He cut inside and swept a delivery to Josh Wright whose effort to return it was blocked.

But three minutes later, the goal deserved by the home team arrived. It was thanks to an assist from Bingham who found Poleon with room to run over Stuart Nelson. The club’s top scorer looked determined and fired his shot at Nelson with enough power to escape the goalkeeper’s grasp and cross the line.

It could have been 2-0 in the 21st minute when McQueen broke the right and found Wright who in turn left a ball for Cundle to crack but although he connected well he went past the amount.

Dover hadn’t really sniffed at the time, Alfie Pavey’s header peeped the best effort but in the 25th minute Luke Wanadio sent in a dangerous cross which was difficult for Mark to judge Cousins ​​and Pavey was inches away from connecting.

And Cousins’ counterpart Nelson almost offered a goal at the other end, fumbling a back pass which Poleon sprinted over, but the Dover keeper caught the ball and the referee then penalized the puzzled goalscorer from the fleet for a fault.

The rest of the half passed without further chances, although Bingham’s run across the width of the field saw his shot miss.

Former two-goal teammates Poleon and Lee Martin tangle

Dover made a half-time substitution, with the experienced Tyrone Sterling replacing Luke Baptiste and shortly after that losing Jordan Higgs to injury, Arjanit Krasniqi replacing him. And Dover had the first solid chance when Hollis lamented his clearance ricocheted to the back, giving Chike Kandi space to collide, but Cousins ​​was well down thanks to his effort on target.

Solid chances were rare, but with just a goal up, Fleet had to defend against a few incursions and set pieces at Dover, but they made it.

And the crucial second goal came in the 75th minute, the unlikely route of Hollis’s boot with unerring precision finding Bingham, who still had to do a lot of work to get Goodman’s right side before burying the ball past Nelson.

Dover might have set up a stand finish when Pavey took a long ball into the box and although Hollis put a foot in, the Dover forward broke free and it took two smart saves from Cousins.

Fleet secured that with five minutes to go, substitute Craig Tanner moving through the middle at the break. He had Poleon in support to his right and duly sent the pass that way, the 14 from the fleet finishing with great technique for his second and third from the fleet.

Another substitute in the form of Omari Sterling could even have added a fourth when another ball in the box sat up and gave him the chance – Dover evaded this one but were well beaten at the end 90 minutes.

CFEU: Cousins, O’Neill, Hollis, Solly, Wright (Paxman 83), N’Guessan, Cundle, McQueen (Sterling 77), Edser (Tanner 68), Bingham, Poleon. Subs: Coulthirst, Chapman
CFO: Nelson, Judd, Paxman, Goodman, Brundle (Carney 70), Higgs (Krasniqi 50), Pavey, Wanadio, Martin, Kandi, Baptiste (Sterling 46). Subs: Sandford, Grant
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