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Holders sail past Dover

PUBLISHED: 17:04 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:17 23 August 2010

MATCH-WINNER George Purcell secured holders Ebbsfleet Unted s safe passage into the Kent Senior Cup second round with victory over Dover at Stonebridge Road on Tuesday night, writes Charles Webster. On 12 minutes, Ricky Shakes intercepted a ball across t

MATCH-WINNER George Purcell secured holders Ebbsfleet Unted's safe passage into the Kent Senior Cup second round with victory over Dover at Stonebridge Road on Tuesday night, writes Charles Webster.

On 12 minutes, Ricky Shakes intercepted a ball across the Dover defence and fired off a shot that was parried by John Whitehouse.

Dover pressured the home defence from long range, but midway through the first half, Sam Jones squandered a good chance to put the Lillywhites in front when he skied Lee Browning's right-wing cross over the crossbar.

Skipper Jon Wallis ended a well-worked move from a corner just before the break when he cleared the stand with an effort from 25-yards, while a Danny Slatter shot sailed clear of Whitehouse's bar a minute later.

Only 277 turned out in bitterly cold conditions to watch the Fleet defend their title, in what was their third match in six days.

The depth of the hosts' squad meant only Matthew Delicate remained from the Ebbsfleet side that drew 0-0 with Kettering on Sunday, while Dover had seven changes from the team which won 2-1 at Wealdstone at the weekend in the Ryman Premier League.

The Fleet finally got into their groove on 62 minutes when Shakes squared for Delicate, who - in turn - slipped the ball through for Purcell to drill diagonally across Whitehouse and into the net.

Sam Mott came to the Fleet's rescue with five minutes remaining when the young goalkeeper dived bravely at the feet of Sammy Moore to protect his side's slender lead.

Ebbsfleet United: Mott 7, Hawkins 8, Slatter 7, Pooley 7, Shakes 7, Purcell 7, Ibe 7 (Callender 88), Hand 7, Murray 8, Delicate 7 (West 76), Springett 8. Subs not used: French, Stone, Frey. Att: 277.

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