Ebbsfleet Utd 1-0 Kettering

Ricky Shakes scored the only goal of the game to give Ebbsfleet victory against struggling Kettering.

Ebbsfleet, who had lost their last three home games, scored when Shakes collected the ball 10 yards out and slotted past goalkeeper Laurie Walker.

It had been a deserved lead, but Kettering improved in the second half and missed a chance for an equaliser when James Gray headed narrowly wide.

Kettering have now only won once in nine matches and remain second-bottom.

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Ebbsfleet manager Liam Daish told BBC Radio Kent:

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Daish unhappy despite victory

"A good win but not a great performance. We will need to be better on Tuesday.

"We weren't at it, we did it the hard way. We could have been out of sight but we got sloppy and careless.

"As long as it's 1-0, teams have always got a chance. Our centre-halves were excellent, but they had to deal with things they shouldn't have had to."

Kettering Town caretaker manager Ashley Westwood told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Games are running out - Westwood

"We've had plenty of possession but not done enough with the final ball or been composed enough to break them down.

"The lads have huffed and puffed but not had the quality to win the game.

"The games are running out. We have got six left now. We can't just accept a loss and look to the next one.

"I think four wins and a draw might be enough."

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