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Town 2 Ebbsfleet United 0

9 July 2017

Good test for Town topped off with goals form McAtee and Dodds

Town first half: Craig MacGillivray, Callum Roberts, Mat Sadler, Toto Nsiala Christos Shelis, Ebou Adams, Bryn Morris, Arthur Gnahoua, Alex Rodman, John McAtee, Lenell John-Lewis

Town second half: Craig MacGillivray, Junior Brown, Zak Jules, Toto Nsiala, George Hughes, Shaun Whalley, Abu Ogogo, Jon Nolan, Dan James, Louis Dodds, Arthur Gnahoua

Town lined up at the Vila Real Santo Antonio Stadium against an Ebbsfleet United side that included ex Town defenders Dave Winfield and Yado Mambo.  Paul Hurst had a near full squad to choose from with Ebou Adams and Jon Nolan getting over knocks they had picked up, but Shaun Rowley was missing after injuring himself in training.

From early on Arthur Gnahoua was turning his fullback inside out before putting in a dangerous cross, and he continued to do this for the first half.

With 22 minutes on the clock Bryn Morris found the space on the edge of the box to fire in a shot that stung the keepers hands.

Ebbsfleet were proving a dangerous opposition and got into some good position around the box, on the half-hour mark ex Town defender Dave Winfield found space in the box to get a header in on goal but MacGillivray was there with a comfortable save.

Town had been creating some good openings and with less than 5 minutes on the clock John-Lewis got the ball following good work down the left, he got his shot past the Ashmore but the post was there to save Ebbsfleet.

Right on the stroke of half time Town got their noses in front, again Town found the space to break down the left and the ball found John McAtee in space and hit a left foot back across Ashmore to finish well.

The second half saw a near new look side take to the pitch as Paul Hurst gave the rest of his squad a run out.

It was another competitive 45 minutes of football as the two sides put in the work and effort out on the pitch.

Louis Dodds was adding a different attacking option and he was getting into some good position to test Miles in the Fleet goal.

Ebbsfleet looked to have grabbed a goal back after ex Town loanee Yado Mambo put the ball past MacGillivray but the officials saw something to rule the goal out.

A mistake by Ebbsfleet allowed Louis Dodds to punch and he made no mistake slotting the ball past Miles to make it 2-0.

Overall a good work out for the lads and competitive test, this was shown by the bookings that Nsiala and Ogogo picked up during the game. Good to get a win and for McAtee and Dodds to get on the score sheet but more importantly for the lads to all get game time under their belts.

The team will return to England on Sunday and continue the pre-season training with a trip to Brackley Town on Tuesday night the next game on the schedule.

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