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Ebbsfleet United 4-2 Wrexham

Michael Cheek
Michael Cheek's two goals against Wrexham took his season's tally to 15

Ebbsfleet dented Wrexham's title hopes and boosted their own play-off ambitions with victory despite the players refusing to warm-up for the game.

Garry Hill's men did not appear pre-match in protest at not being paid for March.

But Shaun Pearson's own goal and two Michael Cheek efforts put Ebbsfleet in control before Stuart Beavon and Pearson replied.

Gozie Ugwu sealed Ebbsfleet's win.

BBC Wales' Carl Roberts

Ebbsfleet are two points off the play-offs in eighth spot while Wrexham remain fourth despite their fourth defeat in five games and are five points behind leaders Leyton Orient.

The home side went ahead on 10 minutes when Wrexham captain Pearson turned the ball into his own net from Myles Weston's cross.

Michael Cheek doubled the lead when he nodded home from a corner before scoring his second a minute before the break.

Wrexham scored early in the second half when Beavon, one of three substitutes manager Bryan Hughes introduced at the break, turned in Paul Rutherford's drive.

Pearson made amends for his earlier own goal when he netted following a goalmouth scramble but, as Wrexham pushed for a late equaliser, Ugwu fired home Ebbsfleet's fourth from 10 yards.

Wrexham manager Bryan Hughes said: "The first half was poor, we didn't get ourselves into the game. We rectified it a bit at half time by putting our cards on the table with three substitutes.

"We had a right go in the second half and that's the sort of passion and commitment that I want to see from the team.

"On another day we might have got something from the game but it wasn't to be."

Line-ups

Ebbsfleet

  • 1Ashmore
  • 19Bush
  • 3MagriBooked at 62mins
  • 16PayneBooked at 67mins
  • 4RanceSubstituted forAdamsat 87'minutes
  • 2King
  • 23Wilson
  • 11Weston
  • 18WhitelySubstituted forDruryat 66'minutes
  • 15Ugwu
  • 12CheekSubstituted forGrahamat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Adams
  • 9Kedwell
  • 10Drury
  • 14Moncur
  • 22Graham

Wrexham

  • 18Lainton
  • 2Roberts
  • 3Jennings
  • 15McGlashanSubstituted forOswellat 46'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 13CarringtonBooked at 83mins
  • 5PearsonBooked at 74mins
  • 14Rutherford
  • 20Wright
  • 28AgustienSubstituted forYoungat 46'minutes
  • 30LawlorBooked at 90mins
  • 19SpyrouSubstituted forBeavonat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Dibble
  • 8Young
  • 10Holroyd
  • 12Oswell
  • 23Beavon
Referee:
Christopher Pollard
Attendance:
1,523

Live Text

Match ends, Ebbsfleet United 4, Wrexham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ebbsfleet United 4, Wrexham 2.

Booking

Jake Lawlor (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Ebou Adams replaces Dean Rance.

Goal!

Goal! Ebbsfleet United 4, Wrexham 2. Gozie Ugwu (Ebbsfleet United).

Booking

Mark Carrington (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Ebbsfleet United 3, Wrexham 2. Shaun Pearson (Wrexham).

Substitution

Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Bagasan Graham replaces Michael Cheek.

Booking

Shaun Pearson (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jack Payne (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Andy Drury replaces Corey Whitely.

Booking

Sam Magri (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jason Oswell (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Ebbsfleet United 3, Wrexham 1. Stuart Beavon (Wrexham).

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Stuart Beavon replaces Anthony Spyrou.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Luke Young replaces Kemy Agustien.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Jason Oswell replaces Jermaine McGlashan.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ebbsfleet United 3, Wrexham 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ebbsfleet United 3, Wrexham 0.

Goal!

Goal! Ebbsfleet United 3, Wrexham 0. Michael Cheek (Ebbsfleet United).

Goal!

Goal! Ebbsfleet United 2, Wrexham 0. Michael Cheek (Ebbsfleet United).

Goal!

Own Goal by Shaun Pearson, Wrexham. Ebbsfleet United 1, Wrexham 0.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient392211663283577
2Salford412210967392876
3Solihull Moors412291066402675
4Wrexham412191149341572
5Fylde391814763342968
6Harrogate4119111173512268
7Eastleigh39207125248467
8Ebbsfleet4118111259392065
9Gateshead40188145041962
10Sutton United411613125051-161
11Barrow411511154647-156
12Chesterfield411216134847152
13Hartlepool411313155056-652
14Halifax411118123536-151
15Bromley40149175660-451
16Barnet391311153644-850
17Maidenhead United41155214263-2150
18Boreham Wood411115154454-1048
19Dag & Red40138194552-747
20Dover411211185062-1247
21Havant & Waterlooville41912205672-1639
22Aldershot4199233163-3236
23Braintree4187264174-3331
24Maidstone United4086263269-3730
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