Preview: Braintree Town v Ebbsfleet United Football Club
Fleet will be aiming to make it a fantastic one as they go for three extra points at home to Braintree Town on Tuesday night.
The 7.45am first kick-off of the season under the floodlights at Kuflink Stadium recalls Braintree’s last visit here, also an evening game, and a 2-0 win for Fleet…although a stubborn visiting side had made it very difficult at night.
After the weekend’s ‘growing’ clash at second-placed Havant was cancelled, Fleet must now refocus on Braintree and then again as Dover revisit the Emirates FA Cup. But it is the Essex side who will be of most concern as Dennis Kutrieb ponders a visiting side in a very similar position to previous Bath City. Like the Romans, the Iron are in a play-off position and they have some strong forwards who will look for any gaps as Fleet comes home.
Kutrieb has no major injury worries but will surely be aware of recent contributions from Darren McQueen and Kieran Monlouis as his side seek the eighth win of the campaign.
Braintree’s last visit here ended, as mentioned, in defeat, but they hold bragging rights thanks to their last 1-0 win at Cressing Road in March. Then, under Ryan Maxwell, they were a stubborn, determined and opposite side on a roll of form that saved them well from relegation.
Maxwell has since left, as have most of those players, with Braintree’s team likely featuring no more than two who attended the last meeting. New boss Angelo Harrop, recruited from AFC Sudbury, has rebuilt the team over the summer and it is certainly paying dividends with Braintree – for two or three years now facing relegation – up to fifth place .
Forwards Aaron Blair – on loan from Dagenham; Lamar Reynolds – recently signed from Concord; and Levi Amantchi – once from Chesterfield – have scored 11 goals between them. Elsewhere, experienced additions include Southend United skipper John White, who played alongside fleet goalkeeper Mark Cousins at Colchester, and winger Willie Clemons who has 25 caps for Bermuda. In the case of more friends reunited, Braintree goalkeeper Jack Sims was part of the Blackpool U18 squad with Christian N’Guessan.
Moving up to fifth on the back of two solid away wins – a 5-0 thrashing of Cheshunt and a 3-1 victory at Essex neighbors Concord – Braintree is clearly in some form on the road. That said, all of their wins this season so far have come against teams in the bottom half of the table…although a point against Havant & Waterlooville isn’t to be sniffed at either.
Fans are reminded that a minute’s silence will be observed before kick-off in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
MATCH DAY IN SMALL FEATURES ——–>
Our online ticket sales platform on fleetlive.club has tickets available until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. We advise you pre-purchase for your and our convenience to gain admission to the grounds.
Daytime ticket sales are available from the windows of the main reception, accepting card and cash payments. The turnstiles open at 6 p.m. but they only accept online tickets (printed Where on your device) and tickets purchased at the box office on the day of the match. There is a dedicated gate for pass holders, but they can also use their cards through other turnstile gates.
There is no segregation for this game – so all supporters are welcome in our Main Stand bar and Social Club bar. To access the Main Stand bar, enter through the turnstiles and walk along the walkway into the Main Stand to the door at the Swanscombe (uncovered) end. Signs show you the direction. Dennis Kutrieb does a pre-game roster review and he and other players also attend the bar after the game for the Man of the Match presentation.
Check out our food stalls (to the left of the main turnstile entrance is our Würtsel Haus German Sausage Experience and straight ahead as you enter the ground is the Manhattan Grill for all your burgers, hot dogs and other needs !). Pop-up bars are also located near the turnstiles and near ‘Geeks Corner’ between the Plow End and the Old Stand. We have new Kingfisher plus Hofmeister popups to find in the marquee between the main turnstiles entrance and the main stand.
Parking as usual on match days is available at Ebbsfleet International Car Park C for £3. Please have the correct change if possible to assist our parking staff and again we recommend arriving early. Please note that the areas near Northfleet Station, namely Railway Street and Hamerton Road, are residents/permit parking only and invalid vehicles will be ticketed. The area on Thamesway before the roundabout on the approach to Kuflink Stadium is a designated clear lane – although this is not particularly apparent on the approach – so you are advised not to park here due to the risk to be verbalized.
MATCH DAY PROGRAMS
If you wish to purchase your program in advance to collect it from our club shop before entering the pitch, you can do so either through our online shop or when book your matchday tickets online.
Programs are also on sale on the pitch from the club shop, the pop-up bar when you enter the turnstiles, the Main Stand tea kiosk or in the Social Club behind the Plow End, priced at £3. Advance order programs will be available for collection at the club shop before the game and before you enter the turnstiles.