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Ebbsfleet vs. Latics

3 February 2024

Club News

Ebbsfleet vs. Latics

3 February 2024

Latics are set to make the trip to the Stonebridge Road Stadium this weekend to face Ebbsfleet United in the National League.

Micky Mellon will hope his side will bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Woking at Boundary Park last weekend. Jermaine Anderson’s early second half strike was enough to see Oldham’s four-game winning run snap.

It would have felt like a step forward, two steps back for Mellon and his group, who before that result had secured an impressive 2-0 win over Barnet.

blobid0.jpgMeanwhile it was a missed opportunity for Latics, in a weekend that saw Bromley, Barnet and Solihull Moors all drop points above them, though Oldham are still well in the mix for the playoffs, whilst Mellon has demanded a reaction from his side.

This group will feel confident on the road meanwhile. Oldham are currently on a run of five successive away league wins, which is the first time they had done so since the 2007/08 season, whilst a win at Ebbsfleet would see them eclipse that.

The Opposition

Ebbsfleet’s 1-0 loss at Oxford City continued an inconsistent trend in recent weeks for the club in the National League. The Fleet have split their last four with two wins and two defeats, whilst the loss at Court Place Farm dropped them into the bottom four.

In the end it was the final straw for Dennis Kutrieb at the club, who parted ways with Ebbsfleet after a four-year spell, which included a historic run to the National League South title last season.

It will now be a challenging time at the Stonebridge Road Stadium, whilst this current Ebbsfleet side will have to make do without the man who speared them to an impressive victory over Latics earlier in the campaign.

It was meanwhile a missed chance to create separation from Oxford who sit bottom, with the gap now just three points with the Fleet having played a game more.

Consistency will be a worry, their 1-0 win last week at Maidenhead United would have felt like a big result however the loss at Oxford coupled with Woking’s win at Boundary Park has dragged the Fleet right back into danger.

Their 4-1 triumph at Oldham back in November will provide encouragement for this Ebbsfleet side that they can produce a shock once more, though since that win the Fleet have only won once at home ahead of their return to their turf.

A second win over Latics would come at an important time and provide belief for a side who have a tricky seven days in National League action, with a trip to table toppers Chesterfield to follow.

Key Threat

Dominic Poleon has enjoyed a productive 23/24 campaign for Ebbsfleet, whilst he has proven to have those game-breaking qualities that can change the complexion of a match.

Within his 13 goals this season, Poleon has scored big goals in several situations whether it be the go-ahead effort at Oldham or the opening strike in the win early in the campaign over Kidderminster, the forward is a man for the big occasion.

Ebbsfleet United striker Dominic Poleon happy to have the pressure of  scoring goals after netting twice in 3-2 National League defeat to Bromley

His pace an obvious quality, though his movement and timing are terrific. His run on the shoulder at Boundary Park to make the score 2-1 provides a clear picture, whilst his finish was calm and composed.

Poleon has proven to be deadly in 1v1 situations, and though it's his pace that gets him there, his cool nature in front of goal is a potent combination that provides a dangerous proposition for any side to contain.

In the dugout

Ever since the decision to part company with Kutrieb on Monday, the Fleet’s search for his replacement remains ongoing, whilst Danny Searle’s work alongside staff at the club in recent days will see the Englishman as interim this weekend.

Searle meanwhile is no rookie in management, who has managed at this level previously at Aldershot Town for just over two seasons from 2019-2021.

It also remains his longest stint as manager, where he took charge of 88 games though Searle was never able to leave his footprint with the Shots, struggling in his two seasons with the club before his dismissal after seven games in the 21/22 campaign.

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He previously donned the hot seat at Braintree Town for a brief period, whilst his most successful spell as manager came at Irish Premier Division side Waterford FC where he was able to pick up 18 wins from 31 fixtures.

Despite just lasting eight months, Waterford under Searle had made the semi-finals of the FAI Cup and the Munster Senior Cup in which the latter was his final fixture in charge, though it was perhaps the playoff final defeat in November 2022 that was the fatal blow.

Ebbsfleet will hope Searle can help steady the ship ahead of an imminent arrival in the dugout, though he will want to make his mark in the wake of the arrival of a wounded Latics side.

Match Details

The referee will be Ruebyn Ricardo, alongside assistants James Hurst and Ciaran Fidler. The fourth official will be Steven Hughes.

Match coverage and information

The match will be broadcast live on TNT Sports, with the programme starting at 17:00pm ahead of a 17:30pm kick-off.

Supporters outside of the UK and Ireland will still be able to stream the game through National League TV.

Please note that, as the game has been selected by TNT Sports, it will not be available on National League's streaming service in this country.

Live audio commentary is available on Latics Player, guiding you through the match.

For more information, visit the Latics Player page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC

As always, we will endeavour to ensure confirmation of the line-up is published as soon as possible on social media.

However, supporters should note that team sheets in the National League are not exchanged until an hour before kick-off. This is 15 minutes later than in the EFL and as a result, the line-up is likely to be published slightly later than in previous seasons.

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