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Don't give up on the Fleet'

PUBLISHED: 14:34 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:34 23 August 2010

The crowd show their appreciation at the end of the game

The crowd show their appreciation at the end of the game

FANS who watched the Fleet crash out of the FA Trophy are appealing for supporters to back the team despite hopes of a second consecutive Wembley final ending. Ebbsfleet United had to overturn a 3-2 deficit against Stevenage Borough at Stonebridge Road o

FANS who watched the Fleet crash out of the FA Trophy are appealing for supporters to back the team despite hopes of a second consecutive Wembley final ending.

Ebbsfleet United had to overturn a 3-2 deficit against Stevenage Borough at Stonebridge Road on Saturday but lost to a last minute goal.

Thousands attended the game with a lucrative final at Wembley awaiting the winner as the Fleet sought to retain the trophy they won last summer.

A whopping 25,000 fans watched the team beat Torquay United 1-0 in the final last May in the club's most important game in its 52-year history.

But MyFootballClub (MyFC) board member Spencer Dolman, 38, of Mariners Way, Northfleet, appealed to fans to rally their support to the end of the season after the loss.

He said: "We don't want fans to stay away now the glory of a Wembley final is not on the cards. The club needs the support more than ever. The team did well to get as far as they did in the Trophy but fans must realise this could still be a half-decent season.

"We are still in the Setanta Shield semi-final and that could bring in £50,000 to the club if we progress. Due to our trophy and cup run we have loads of games in hand so we could end up in the top half of the table.

"All is certainly not lost but we need the fans to stick with us and keep coming through the turnstiles. We have six home games left and we need the support to help get the points on the board."

Speaking about the game, he added: "They (Stevenage) came to do a job and they did it professionally and we would have done the same. Over the two legs the best team probably won."

As the final whistle blew on Saturday other disappointed fans had a similar plea to those who may have only come in the pursuit of Wembley glory.

Jason Day, 25, from Kings Farm, said: "It's a terrible shame we could not overturn the away defeat but it was a good effort. Not the best performance but in the second half we cranked up the pressure and were unlucky not to get a goal.

"What we need now is continued support. The fans who come simply for the Wembley glory know who they are. With their support each week this club could be massive."

Read more about the Fleet in Reporter Sport.

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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