Match Reports 2010/2011
Ebbsfleet United 2
James Tyrrell (Sole, 66)
Ian Selley (Scott, 90)
Michael West (Shakes, 66)
Report by Kevin Ricketts for the Sports Mail
Calum Willock scored twice to send the Hawks spinning to a 2-1 defeat in a fractious encounter against Ebbsfleet United at Stonebridge Road.
Wes Fogden gave the Hawks the perfect start with an opening goal after six minutes, only for the hosts’ striker to level before half-time.
Just after the hour, Willock produced a clinical finish to seal the points and the league double over the Hawks.
The visitors made two changes to the side who beat Dorchester 3-1 in midweek. Mustafa Tiryaki returned to the starting line-up in place of injured striker Manny Williams, while Ian Selley was preferred to Giuseppe Sole, who dropped to the bench.
The home side had Ram Marwa booked in the first minute for pulling back Steve Ramsey and it set the scene for a physical opening 45 minutes.
Tom Phipps’ feint took him past Paul Hinshelwood only to volley straight at Nathan Ashmore.
It was the Hawks, however, who went in front from their first real attack after only six minutes. The ball was worked to Ramsey on the right and his deep cross picked out FOGDEN at the far post and he looped his header back over the despairing dive of Preston Edwards.
The home side rallied, though, and began to put the Hawks under increasing pressure.
Ashmore had to race off his line to collect the ball ahead of Willock after West had dinked a neat ball over the top.
It was, however, a good competitive start from the Hawks, who were posing Ebbsfleet problems.
Marwa whipped in a cross and Willock was unsuccessful with his attempted overhead kick.
Then Ebbsfleet’s quickly taken free-kick on the edge of the box was blocked but the Hawks struggled to clear their lines.
On 26 minutes Tiryaki, who had been subject to some tough treatment, was booked for dissent.
The home side dragged themselves level in the 26th minute. Phipps hit a simple ball over the top for WILLOCK to run on to and easily fire his shot past the advancing Ashmore.
Buoyed the goal, the home side were in the ascendancy and, as the interval approached, the Hawks weathered the storm.
Fogden was booked, though, when the referee took exception to a challenge on Joe Howe.
Home skipper Paul Lorraine headed a corner wide a minute after the restart, and after Simpemba was booked, Ashley Carew curled a fierce free-kick just wide.
But there was little fluency to the game.
Both sides were limited to long-range efforts with Willock sending a swerving drive high from 30 yards and Tiryaki thumping a shot straight at Edwards.
It was the home side who got their noses in front, though.
On 61 minutes, Erskine skipped through on the right and pulled the ball back for WILLOCK to tuck a low first- time shot into the bottom corner.
Five minutes later striker Sole was sent on for defender Tyrrell as the visitors went in search of an equaliser.
It should have come when Sammy Igoe got on the end of a great Selley cross only to head wide from six yards.
But while the Hawks continued to push — again going close with Fogden flashing a shot wide and Sole lobbing onto the roof of the net — they failed to find an equaliser.