28 February 2013

Ebbsfleet United v Stockport County

The following is my programme article for the Ebbsfleet United v Stockport County game played on the 16th February.  The game ended in a draw.

February is certainly turning out to be a month of home games for the Fleet.  In fact, the whole of this month revolves around Ebbsfleet not venturing away from the hallowed turf of Stonebridge Road.  That said, it is safe to say there are more than a few away games coming up between now and the end of the season.  This includes some very long road trips to Hyde, Barrow and Gateshead.  The players will certainly have plenty of time then to master their card skills.  Who will emerge as the Poker king? Time will tell.

Fortunes can change very quickly in football.  Two games ago, and in front of the television cameras, the Fleet suffered a humiliating 0-4 defeat to Macclesfield Town.  Then a week ago, the team got back on track with a well-earned 3-1 victory over Gateshead.  This has now put the Fleet within 4 points of the safety zone. 

Liam Daish has brought in a number of players to try and ensure that the team remains in the Blue Square Premier for another season.  One of them, Josh Scott, scored two of the goals against Gateshead.  There were also impressive performances from other new boys Gareth Gwillim and Stefan Payne.  There is a new air of optimism within the club that the Fleet can stay up this season.  A win today would certainly help that cause!

Today’s opponents, Stockport County, are one of the ‘name’ teams in the Blue Square Premier.  It is only a few years ago that The County were playing a number of the ‘big boys’ in League One. Go back a few more years and Stockport were in a League Cup semi-final, before losing 2-1 on aggregate to Middlesbrough. So there certainly is a lot of tradition in the club.  Interestingly, Stockport’s highest league attendance this season so far was for the visit of one Ebbsfleet United!

Given the league table, this is a crucial game for both of these teams.  A win for the Fleet draws us closer to safety.  A win for Stockport helps pull them away from a potential relegation battle.  Hopefully the attendance today will be on the healthy side, especially given the importance of this game to both teams. 

A couple of days ago it was Valentine’s Day.  Hopefully all the ladies in the ground today were spoilt rotten by their husbands, boyfriends, beau’s and secret admirers!  However, if there are any ladies here today looking for a present for their man, then can I suggest a MYFC membership.  What better present than giving your footy mad partner, or even yourself, a chance to become an owner of the club! Please go to www.myfootballclub.co.uk or speak to one of the club officials here today about becoming a member. 

Finally, a huge welcome to the officials, players and supporters of Stockport County who have made the long journey down from the North West.  We hope you enjoy your visit – but not too much!
Enjoy the game today.  Get behind the team and cheer the lads onto victory!


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