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We'll back Daish over FA charge'

PUBLISHED: 16:55 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:25 23 August 2010

EBBSFLEET United chairman John Moules has pledged the club s full support for management duo Liam Daish and Alan Kimble after they were charged with improper conduct this week, write Fintan Quinn and Charles Webster. The charges relate to an incident in

EBBSFLEET United chairman John Moules has pledged the club's full support for management duo Liam Daish and Alan Kimble after they were charged with improper conduct this week, write Fintan Quinn and Charles Webster.

The charges relate to an incident in the Fleet's hot-tempered Blue Square Premier match against Rushden and Diamonds on January 17 when the duo, along with visiting manager Garry Hill, were dismissed in a fracas late in the game.

Hill entered the Stonebridge Road outfit's technical area after Simon Downer's red-card tackle on Fleet striker Luke Moore and both bosses had to be kept apart. All three have until February 4 to respond to the charges

"We are going to support them to the hilt. Liam Daish didn't leave his area," Moules told the Reporter.

"I have to be careful about what I say when talking about their cases because they have been charged directly and are still preparing their cases.

"However, we will always defend the club on issues where we feel we have a strong argument."

The Fleet were subjected to a further stroke of bad luck on Tuesday night when two goals in the final seven minutes denied them a precious victory against Crawley Town.

Head coach Daish said: "I have very mixed emotions about the result. Although I'm gutted we didn't get the win, I'm pleased with the players and can't fault their effort and determination after going a goal down so early."

The Fleet went behind in the third minute when Robbie Matthews converted a free kick, but responded with a brilliant equaliser from Stacy Long after good work from Michael Gash set him free on the left of the Crawley area. Gash duly volleyed the Fleet in front from Derek Duncan's centre on 16 minutes.

Debutant Giuseppe Sole then put the hosts two clear just after the interval with a stunning free kick on the very day his loan move from Woking was confirmed.

"I have always liked Sole," Daish explained. "And disliked at the same time, because he has scored a few late goals against us.

"I'm glad to have him. He will bring a different dimension to what we have up front and the fans who saw him last night will be pleased."

Adam Quinn stabbed home Crawley's second in the 50th minute, but Ricky Shakes looked to have given the Fleet a comfortable lead with the fourth goal a quarter of an hour later.

Crawley, however, had other ideas and staged a grandstand finish. Jon Paul Pittman got the fightback underway with seven minutes left and sub Jon Shaw struck the leveller deep into injury-time.

Ebbsfleet return to cup action this Saturday when they take on Swindon Supermarine in the third round of the FA Trophy.

The game is free admission with a bumper crowd in excess of 2,000 expected.

Ebbsfleet United: Cronin 7, Stone 7, Smith 7, Crooks 7, Duncan 7, Long 7, Hand 7, Barrett 7, Shakes 7 (Pooley 89), Gash 8, Sole 8. Subs not used: Purcell, Ibe, Judge, Ricketts. Att: 795.

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