FA CUP PREVIEW: EBBSFLEET UNITED (H)

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The O’s are in FA Cup action this weekend as National League South side, Ebbsfleet United, visit the Breyer Group Stadium.

THE FLEET

Dennis Kutrieb’s side are 5th in the National League South having accumulated 19 points from nine games, winning six and falling to defeat twice.

The Fleet started their league campaign with convincing wins over Tonbridge and Hemel Hempstead before going winless in their next three against Chelmsford, Havant & Waterlooville and Hampton & Richmond before going on an impressive seven game win streak in all competitions.

In their National League South campaign, the Fleet defeated Chippenham, Slough, Eastbourne and Braintree. They scored 11 goals in those four games and conceded just three. Ebbsfleet have two games in hand over their promotion rivals and maximum points in those two games would see them climb to the top of the table.

Photography: Ed Miller

Ebbsfleet’s FA Cup journey began in the second qualifying round against Carshalton where they came out 2-1 winners to progress to the third qualifying round. The Fleet then took on Aylesbury United away from home. The National League South side won 1-0 to progress into the last qualifying round against National League South rivals, Hampton & Richmond who they previously lost 3-0 to earlier in the season. First-half goals from Rakish Bingham and Chris Solly secured Ebbsfleet’s progression to the First Round Proper.

KEY PLAYER

Dominic Poleon has been the star player for the Fleet so far this season, with his goals firing Ebbsfleet up the National League South table. The 28-year-old has scored eight goals in nine appearances for the Fleet this season which is already a career high for the forward.

Poleon started his career with Leeds United where he played 36 times over three seasons. While at the Yorkshire side he was sent out on two loan spells to League One during the 2012/13 season. The forward spent the first half of the season with Bury before going to Sheffield United for the second part of the campaign. Poleon then moved to Oldham where he scored 11 goals in 68 games for the Latics.

Photography: Ed Miller

Dominic then struggled to find stability in his career as he spent the next four seasons with five different clubs. He initially stayed in League One with AFC Wimbledon and Bradford City before moving down to League Two with Crawley and Newport County. Having only played five games for Newport last season he was sent out on loan to Dover in the National League before signing for Ebbsfleet in the National League South this summer.

KENNY JACKETT

Kenny Jackett looks forward to his first FA Cup game in charge of the O’s.

 

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Will Finnie

Assistants: Christopher Wade and Leigh Crowhurst

Fourth Official: Lloyd Wood

Finnie has been in charge of 13 games this season and has produced 22 yellow cards and one red.

Finnie last took charge of a game involving Orient earlier this season when the O’s beat Crawley Town 4-0 in the Papa John’s Trophy. The official showed no cards during the game.

Matchday Programme

Today’s matchday programme features an interview from Callum Reilly, who returned from injury last time out against Hartlepool United.

We also chat to actor, and Leyton Orient fan, Daniel Mays, about his favourite Orient memories, and how it runs deep in the family.

You’ll also get all the usual updates from around the club, as well as a look at opposition Ebbsfleet United.

It’s on sale around the ground for £3.50.

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