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Season 0910 Stagsnet Match Report
Blue Square Premier
Mansfield Town  
3 - 0
 Ebbsfleet United
Duffy 30, Briscoe 53, Speight 66
Attendance: 3269 (52 from Ebbsfleet)
Date: 22 August 2009


Craig Priest at Field Mill

Ebbsfleet got proceedings under way at a sunny Field Mill, the glazing sun brought a good “Shine” over the Field Mill pitch.

Both teams enjoyed early spells with Stags the first out of the blocks. Take That front man Gary Barlow (Sorry Louis Briscoe), earning Stags a corner after a strong run down the right, the corner was poorly whipped in by Kyle Nix, the Ebbsfleet clearance allowed then to counter down the right hand side, the resulting cross leading to nothing.

Ebbsfleet seemed comfortable in playing a long ball game, each attempt to break us, cleared up by the captain Luke Jones, his defensive partner, Scott Garner and the Keeper, Alan Marriott.

Stags had the first real chance of the game which came after 5 or so minutes, Craig Armstrong making a superb clearance from left back, which winger and Take That wannabe Briscoe got on the end of, taking on a defender before eventually crossing for Rob Duffy, whose shot was blocked.

After a spell of balanced pressure, Ebbsfleet turned up a gear attacking down the left hand side, Matt Somner & Gary Silk combining well to cut any danger. Ebbsfleet won a corner after a good spell of pressure down the right, the corner was whipped in well and Ebbsfleet were unfortunate not to score, a free header headed just over, although I think Alan Marriott had it covered.

Stags had another chance to take the lead, a throw in by Armstrong to Nix, resulted in a long ball down the left to Ryan Williams, who unfortunately was unable to find his feet as the ball trickled out for a goal kick.

Stags again piled on the pressure, Rob Duffy’s header was well saved by the keeper after a long free kick from Luke Jones, near the half way line.

Ebbsfleet could have taken the lead after some dodgy defending by Armstrong and Silk allowed the Ebbsfleet forward a one v one, his shot however lacked direction and was hit well wide.

After a free kick from inside their own half, Stags kept possession well and were rewarded with a goal, Alan Marriott's long field ball was brought down by Williams, laid off for a driven Armstrong cross, Rob Duffy was well onside and unmarked, he took full advantage to put the Stags 1 goal ahead on 29minutes.

Ebbsfleet attempted an instant reply but their crossing proved too deep and filtered out for a goal kick.

For the remainder of the half, the game seemed balanced with Stags perhaps enjoying the better spells, Ebbsfleet however almost pulled one back, after their striker got away with head locking Matt Somner to fire in a cross, the final shot however was hit over..... the stand.

Half Time Stags 1-0 Ebbsfleet

This was a sad moment for me, as my trusty little green book was now full! Luckily I had a new notebook ready for the second half! Thank-you old friend- you shall remain chucked under my bed with all the other books from my school days! Back to the football.

The second half began with Stags attacking the Quarry Lane End, Ebbsfleet attempted early pressure, winning a corner which was dealt with, the Stags were slow in getting up the field and Kyle Nix closed the ball down, Ebbsfleet latched onto the loose ball which eventually rolled out for a goal kick.

Ebbsfleet continued to apply pressure with a few set pieces. Stags defence dealt well, winning powerful headers and creating counter attacks.

Stags almost doubled their lead, Rob Duffy failing to make the fantastic hard work from Silk & Briscoe pay off.

Minutes later Gary Barlow (Louis Briscoe) doubled the Stags lead, latching onto a long clearance from Luke Jones, he kept his patience and fired home on 53minutes.

The second goal gave the Stags a little more confidence, keeping the ball well, Kyle Nix mixing up the play trying to find Williams and Briscoe down the wings.

On the hour mark Stags made their first change, Briscoe had a Take That tribute gig to go to and was replaced by Jake Speight.

Minutes later Stags had a goal ruled out, Rob Duffy found the net (via the post) but the referee had already blown for a foul.

After a spell of Ebbsfleet pressure, Stags finally did grab a third on 69minutes, Jake Speight heading home from close range after some good link-up play from Williams, who found Perry, his shot was parried out for Speight to nod home- although the keeper almost kept it out.

Daryl Clare replaced Rob Duffy shortly after, and Ebbsfleet almost grabbed a goal, a cross from the left gifted them a free far post header which was well saved by Alan Marriott low down.

The game quietened down a little with both sides enjoying set-plays which came to nothing. Daryl Clare was booked for kicking the ball away after being caught offside, even worse for him, the ball landed just wide. With five minutes left, Stags replaced Williams with Steven Istead, who did well in the short time he spent on the pitch. Clare won Stags a corner after turning on the edge of the box and firing in a low shot, Nix drove it in and it met Scott Garner’s head, unfortunately it was just over.

After some more passing moves involving Nix, Clare and Perry, the referee ended the game.

*Sorry for the amount of Take That puns! Today, Briscoe really did have the X-Factor.

Man of the match: Marriott

Report by: Craig Priest at Field Mill. You can read Craig's normal blog by going to www.chad.co.uk/blogs

Line Up:
Marriott; 8 Did what was needed, made some vital catches and deserved Man of the match
Silk; 6 Swept up well, mark brought down by the early lack of communication with Armstrong
Garner; 7 Quiet game but was tactically spot on
Jones; 7 Led the side well again, swept up well and won vital headers
Armstrong 6; Slow at times, but played some great balls across field, marked down like Silk
Briscoe; 7 The Take That wannabe was in fine tune on the right, took his goal well
Nix; 7 Broke up play and brought the wingers into the game, impressed
Somner; 6 Quiet game, did well, seems to have put Tuesday’s mistake behind him
Williams; 7 Did well, shame he couldn't keep his feet at times
Perry 6; Did well, drifted out wide but failed to threaten goal
Duffy 7; Played a very good tactical game, took his goal well, should have had more
Sub Line Up:
Speight (for Briscoe, 60); 6 Took his goal well, still need to pass more for me!
Clare (for Duffy, 68); 6 Did ok, should have scored
Istead (for Williams, 86) -
Subs not used: Sandercombe, Graham.
Opposition Line Up:
Cronin, Collins, Crooks, Charles, Salmon (Forshaw 80), Welsh (Ginty 75), Heeroo, Shulton, West (Wills 34), Vieira, Thomas. Subs Not Used: Lamprell, Pooley.
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