It is a trip to North Kent for the Beach Boys for our first-midweek fixture of 2021. Ebbsfleet United are the opposition as both sides try and climb up the National League South table.
The Beachboys come into this one in good form unbeaten in 4 of their last 5 league fixtures with victories over Bath City and Billericay Town, draws against Eastbourne Borough and Chippenham Town as well as a loss to Tonbridge Angels means the Beach boys sit 6th in the form table. An early exit from the FA Trophy this season allows the Beach boys to put sole focus on the League Campaign and with things seeming to click on the field as we enter the New Year. A win tonight will see the Beach boys go level on points with our Thames Estuary cousins, meaning a potential play-off push is increasingly more likely.
Ebbsfleet United were relegated by the smallest of margins last season when PPG was used to decide how the National League table would finish and they dropped back into Non-Leagues 2nd tier. The full-time outfit hired German Dennis Kutrieb in the summer as he hopes to get the Fleet straight back into the top tier of Non-League at the first time of asking. It has not been plain sailing for the Fleet this season, an early exit in the FA Cup and a poor start to the League season means they sit in 11th place on 16 points. They come into this one having not won a league fixture since November 14th when they beat Chippenham Town 2-1. A draw against Kent rivals Dartford and a 2-0 loss away to promotion-chasing Dorking Wanderers in there opening games of 2021, means the Fleet are headed straight for a shipwreck of a season if their poor form continues. A win for them tonight will see them climb to just 1 point away from the play-offs a loss however, and it means Concord will draw level on points with them.
It is all to play for in this mid-table clash at the Kufflink Stadium as both sides eye up potential playoff pushes in 2021.
Alex Wall: The Beach boys striker has been a key part of any forward play this season. An assist in the game against Billericay as well as netting 5 times this season his pace hold up play and strength will be quite the handful for the Fleet defence.
Jordan Holmes: The fleet shot-stopper is currently holding out former Gillingham player Tom Hadler for the sport between the sticks. Since signing last season he has quickly become a fan favourite for the Ebbsfleet faithful after putting in several impressive performances between the sticks.
Last 5 (League)
Dorking Wanders 2 – 0 Ebbsfleet United
Dartford 0 – 0 Ebbsfleet United
Ebbsfleet United 0 – 3 Havant and Waterlooville
Ebbsfleet United 0 – 1 Tonbridge Angels
Ebbsfleet United 0 – 0 Maidstone United
Billericay Town 0 – 1 Concord Rangers
Concord Rangers 2 – 2 Eastbourne Borough
Concord Rangers 3 – 2 Bath City
Tonbridge Angels 2 – 0 Concord Rangers
Chippenham Town 1 – 1 Concord Rangers