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Ebbsfleet United 4-2 Gateshead

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Match Date: Saturday 16th March 2024
Kick Off: 15:00

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Saturday 16th March 2024 league
Gateshead Gateshead
Ebbsfleet United Ebbsfleet United
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Jack McGraghan
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Gateshead travel to Ebbsfleet United for the first time since September 2018 in the Vanarama National League on Saturday, March 16 (3pm kick off).

The Heed’s midweek win over Dagenham & Redbridge ensured they remained in sixth place ahead of the weekend’s journey to Kent, with Dajaune Brown netting his fifth goal in the victory over The Daggers.

Ebbsfleet fell to a 4-1 defeat at play-off contenders Aldershot Town on Tuesday evening – despite taking the lead – and now sit three points above the bottom four.

The Fleet have seen a marked improvement in form since Danny Searle’s arrival as manager however, and they sit seventh in the division’s form table over the last 10 games with five wins.

Rob Elliot’s side contest their 38th game of the National League season with the chance to move fifth with a win should Aldershot lose at York City, though The Heed still have a game in hand on those around them.

Heed View

“It’s going to be a really tough game for us, the table at this time of year can be really misleading,” said Rob Elliot.

“We just need to make sure we keep our consistency and stick to what has got us to this point.”

Opposition View

“We’ve got a run of games against teams that are fighting to get out of this league,” said Ebbsfleet boss, Danny Searle, following Tuesday’s defeat at Aldershot.

“That’s when we can look at the squad and see who’s going to stand up and be counted – we’re still in a relegation battle and that hasn’t changed.”

“There has to be tweaks to what we did [at Aldershot], it highlighted some weaknesses that we haven’t had so far.”

Team News

Eddie Beach and Greg Olley are both available for a potential return to the match day squad at The Kuflink Stadium following illness and injury absences.

Live Streaming

Supporter based outside of the UK can watch our fixture live from The Kuflink Stadium via National League TV for £9.50 per match pass.

Ticketing Information

Tickets are on sale online here, with admission priced at:

Adults: £19
Concessions (*65+): £15
Youth (13-17): £9

Junior U12: £1 (only available when accompanied by and purchased with adult ticket)

Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, however limited tickets will be available at the turnstiles.

Turnstiles will open at 1pm, with away supporters able to access the Kuflink Stadium via the turnstiles located behind the Swanscombe End. Away supporters will have access to a standing terrace and covered seating.

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Match Report: Jack McGraghan

Gateshead fell to defeat at Ebbsfleet United after battling with 10 men from the fifth minute at The Kuflink Stadium.

The Heed were up against for the majority of the afternoon after Louis Storey was shown red for a challenge on Dominic Samuel, three minutes before the Fleet forward put his side in front.

Gateshead came back to take the lead into half time with a brace from Callum Whelan, only for a Rakish Bingham hat-trick in the second half to seal three points for the hosts.

The Heed found themselves up against the odds with only five minutes on the clock, as Storey brought down Samuel on the edge of the box in an effort to retain a loose ball, with the referee swiftly dismissing the defender afterwards.

Ebbsfleet capitalised only three minutes later to take the lead, with Bingham’s shot falling into the path of Samuel who prodded past James Montgomery to hand his side the advantage.

The home side applied pressure without creating a clear chance until the 40th minute, when Whelan flipped the game on its head in the space of six minutes.

The midfielder first cut out a stray pass from Ben Chapman before sending a deflected shot past Mark Cousins to equalise, before nipping in front of his man in the box to loft an aerial ball into the back of the net to give Gateshead the lead at the break.

The one-goal buffer lasted seven minutes however, with Bingham converting from the penalty spot after Samuel’s shot inside the area was deemed to have struck Mamadou Jobe’s hand.

Ebbsfleet regained the advantage 12 minutes later as Bingham netted his second, heading home Toby Edser’s cross to leave Gateshead with a mountain to scale once more.

Montgomery was on hand to keep the home side at bay until late on with two saves from Dominic Poleon, while at the other end Cousins acrobatically denied Ed Francis’ 25-yard volley as the game approached its final moments.

Gateshead pushing forward in search of an equaliser afforded Ebbsfleet space on the counter attack though, and Bingham sealed the result on the rebound after Montgomery had beaten away an initial shot.

The defeat left The Heed in seventh place in the Vanarama National League, with Elliot’s side out of action until the trip to Altrincham next weekend.

Gateshead: Montgomery, Jobe, Storey, Richardson, Whelan, Francis, Hannant, Adom (Booty, 54’), Evans (Tinkler, 10’), Worman (Dinanga, 68’), Brown.

Substitutes: Grayson, McBride.

Goals: Whelan (40’, 45+1’)

Yellow Cards: Richardson (69’), Whelan (87’), Hannant (90+6’)

Red Card: Storey (5’) 

Ebbsfleet United: Cousins, Fogarty, Kenlock, Skura, Bilongo (Cundle, 73’), Chapman (McQueen, 80’), Wright, Clifford, Edser, Bingham, Samuel (Poleon, 80’).

Substitutes: Tanner, Domi.

Goals: Samuel (8’), Bingham (51’ (pen), 64’, 90+5’)

Attendance: 1,560 (79 Gateshead)

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