Shots next as Atangana goal beats Ebbsfleet
Mon Jan 13, 2014 : 13:36
The Hawks’ 1-0 win against Ebbsfleet United on Saturday means they now face an FA Trophy quarter final tie at home to Aldershot Town on February 1st. The meeting will be the first between the sides since the Shots beat the Hawks 3-1 in the final of the Hampshire Senior Cup at St Marys in 2002.
Since then the North Hants side have enjoyed a five season tenure in League Two, which ended with relegation last year. The Shots are currently flirting with a second potential drop, sitting one point above the bottom four in the Conference Premier. The match will take place at Westleigh Park on February 1st.
The Hawks secured the place in their first Trophy quarter final since 2009 through a single Nigel Atangana goal; his first for the club since joining at the end of the summer.
Guests Ebbsfleet put on a good show, and on the heavy pitch both sides created chances, but it was the home team who took the lead in the 64th minute when Atangana streaked across the box to meet a corner from Christian Nanetti, deftly sliding it through two defenders and past keeper Preston Edwards.
The visitors thought they’d forced a replay ten minutes from the end when Billy Bricknell took on a Daryl McMahon free kick and fired it past Scott Bevan, but to the Fleet’s dismay the referee’s assistant deemed the goal offside.
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