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Posted Sat 16 Feb 13 at 16:47 PM

Hard earned point for 10 man Hatters

County claimed a second successive clean sheet with a hard earned goal less draw at bottom club Ebbsfleet Unite. The Hatters were reduced to ten men on the half hour as Alex Kenyon was adjudged to have used an elbow as he challenged for a high ball, but Darije Kalezic's men stood firm to gain a point their efforts deserved.

The home side, looking to build on their win against Gateshead in their last game, were on the front foot early, earning a free kick on the edge of the box in the first minute which Josh Scott touched wide. United also earned two corner kicks in the opening five minutes, both coming to nothing.

Having weathered the early storm the Hatters began to push forward and a neat move as Matt Mainwaring linked with Danny Hattersley, saw them break down the left. Mainwaring then found space in the box after good work from Hattersley, Kenyon and Adnan Cirak, only for his goal bound effort to be blocked.

Hattersley was clattered on the edge of the box by Gareth Gwillim, the County striker looked to be through on goal but having awarded a free kick the referee showed no card to the defender. Sean Newton's free kick curling just wide of goal with Preston Edwards well beaten

A brilliant run from Jon Nolan, leaving defenders standing as he ran from the half way line, ended with a superb full length save from Edwards to keep game goal less on 21 minutes.

In a rare venture forward Tom Phipp's cross in from the right was met at the far post by Liam Enver-Marum, who shot well wide of the target.

The game changed on the half hour as Kenyon was shown a red card for appearing to catch Neil Barrett with an elbow as they challenged for a high ball. 
Andy Halls following him into the book shortly after for a foul on Enver-Marum

The home side, looking to take advantage of the extra man, pumped the ball forward at every opportunity, earning a succession of corner kicks without really testing Richard O'Donnell in the County goal.

With the half time whistle approaching both sides missed chances to take the lead, Hattersley heading wide from a Connor Jennings cross, whilst Enver-Marum miss kicked at the other end with goal at his mercy.

HT Ebbsfleet United 0 Stockport County 0

Kalezic made a change for the start of the second half, Johan Hammar making his debut, replacing Hattersley with Cirak moving to the central role.

As expected the home side started the half looking to put pressure on the ten men, Phipp's effort from distance sailing harmlessly wide, whilst Jordan Fagbola cleared a cross from under his own bar.

The Hatters were comfortable with their new shape and even broke forward on occasion with Jennings twice trying his luck from outside the area, following good work from Nolan, Hammar and Cirak.

O'Donnell was mostly untroubled, mainly collecting high balls into the box before making his best save of the game to deny Josh Scott who was free in 6 yard box, O'Donnell with a superb save to tip over the bar. Moments later another good tackle from Fagbola halted substitute Liam Bellamy, Nathan Elder smashing the ball over from the resultant corner kick.

As United were rapidly running out of ideas County almost took the lead in bizarre circumstances. Skipper Paul Lorraine, under pressure from Cirak, saw his wayward back pass beat Edwards only to hit the side netting.

The near miss gave County new heart and they suddenly found a new gear, a surging run from Hammar saw him test Edwards from distance, Jennings setting up Nolan for another chance which went wide.

With the final whistle close, substitute Tobi Alabi saw O'Donnell save from his header, before he lazed another effort over the bar. Phipp had the last chance of the game as he found space on the right hand side of the box in the last minute of added time, shooting well wide of O'Donnell's goal as the game ended goal less.

FT Ebbsfleet United 0 Stockport County 0

Starting XI: O'Donnell, Halls, Newton, Tunnicliffe, Kenyon, Hattersley (Hammar), Nolan, Cirak (Whitehead), Fagbola, Mainwaring, Jennings.
Subs: Ormson, Hammar, Whitehead, Sheridan, Macken.

ATT:  912 (117)


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