As we continue to look at the teams that will make up the National League next season, Daryl McMahon's Ebbsfleet United will hope to emulate last season's play off campaign when the Kent side reached the Semi-Final stage losing to winners Tranmere Rovers 4-2.
In 1920, Gravesend and Northfleet Football Club was formed after two existing neighbouring clubs – Gravesend United and Northfleet United – merged together. In 2007, the club changed its name to Ebbsfleet United.
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Fleet celebrated their name change by winning the FA Trophy with a 1-0 victory over Torquay United at Wembley on May 10th 2008.
Orient faced Ebbsfleet United on March 10th with the sides taking a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at The Breyer Group Stadium. Cory Whitely gave Fleet the lead after quarter of an hour, before the O’s levelled on 32 minutes when Kenny Clark turned James Brophy’s cross into his own net.
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Corey Whitely signed for Ebbsfleet from Dagenham & Redbridge in February 2018 and the skillful attacker notched three goals and two assists in his 13 games in Kent. The former Daggers man only tasted deafeat once while at Ebbsfleet last season and will be key if the Fleet are looking to emulate the 2017/18 campaign.
Having previously been club captain and youth academy manager, Daryl McMahon was appointed manager in May 2015. He gained valuable coaching experience at Boreham Wood, Tottenham Hotspur and Dagenham & Redbridge, and also played for Orient over 65 times. During his first season in charge, he steered Fleet to a second-place finish only to miss out on promotion via the play-offs. However, they finally achieved promotion to the National League during the 2016/17 season beating Chelmsford City in the promotion final.
The Stonebridge Road ground opened in 1905 and has a total capacity of 4,769 of which 2,179 are seated. In November 2017, a new Main Stand was developed which runs the full length of the pitch and has a capacity of 1,016. Meanwhile, the stadium was renamed the Kuflink Stadium after a five-year sponsorship deal was agreed.