Fleet left to fume by time added Don
PUBLISHED: 10:43 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 23 August 2010
A HOME win would have been the perfect end to a great week for Ebbsfleet, although a last-ditch equaliser from AFC Wimbledon s Ross Montague denied them. Fleet fans were buzzing with news of their club s liaison with Gravesham Borough Council that ensure
A HOME win would have been the perfect end to a great week for Ebbsfleet, although a last-ditch equaliser from AFC Wimbledon's Ross Montague denied them.
Fleet fans were buzzing with news of their club's liaison with Gravesham Borough Council that ensures their future.
But, they were desperate to earn their first three points on home turf this season against a club rising briskly up the football pyramid.
Ebbsfleet had two early strikes on goal from long range; Dean Pooley rifled a drive onto James Pullen's crossbar from 40-yards in the fourth minute and, eight minutes later, a screamer from Gavin Heeroo ricocheted off the goalkeeper's chest and away for a corner.
A strong claim for a Fleet penalty was turned down by Northampton referee Stuart Burt when Stefan Bailey's attempt was deflected by Chris Hussey's arm.
However, the Dons took the lead against the run of play on 28 minutes when Luke Moore scored to torment his former club.
Moore, a Wembley FA Trophy winner with Ebbsfleet in 2008, showed the quality his old side have been missing this term.
Moving forward behind strikers Danny Kedwell and John Main, Moore struck a sweet, 25-yard shot that arrowed past Lance Cronin.
Ebbsfleet got onto the scoresheet four minutes before the break, Heeroo slipping the ball between Brett Johnson and Paul Lorraine to trigger a well-timed run from Louis Cumbers.
Cumbers accelerated beyond the ponderous defenders and swept past Pullen for the equaliser.
Magno Vieira replaced James Lindie in the 54th minute and, 25 minutes later, he put the Fleet in front with a well-placed shot from outside the box.
With 12 minutes left to play, Ebbsfleet looked to have enough to secure the win and their chances improved with two minutes to go when Jay Conroy pulled down substitute Jamie Forshaw, who fell to ground in the AFC area.
Mr Burt awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box and Conroy was sent-off, leaving Ebbsfleet to hold on to their lead against 10 men.
In the 89th minute, Mr Burt ordered fourth official Adrian Oldershaw to show that four minutes minimum time added on should be announced.
As the four minutes became six though, Hussey threw a long ball across the Fleet box and Montague poked home at the far post.
Ebbsfleet United: Cronin 7, Salmon 7, Crooks 8, Charles 8, Pooley 7, Heeroo 8, Wills 8, Welsh 7 (Forshaw 64), Bailey 8, Cumbers 7 (Shakes 77), Lindie 7 (Vieira 54, 7). Subs not used: Abbey, Thomas. Att: 2,005.