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.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ebbsfleet manager Liam Daish told BBC Radio Kent:

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:

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."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Ebbsfleet United

  • 30 Cronin
  • 06 Lorraine
  • 16 Smith
  • 02 Stone
  • 07 West (Pinney - 66' )
  • 14 Howe
  • 24 Barrett
  • 31 Bellamy (Marwa - 54' )
  • 10 Shakes
  • 15 Marum
  • 23 Ugwu (Phipp - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 12 McNeil
  • 08 Marwa
  • 11 Phipp
  • 09 Willock
  • 26 Pinney

Kettering

  • 12 Walker
  • 02 P Ifil (Sangare - 61' )
  • 03 Davis
  • 15 Westwood
  • 23 Noubissie
  • 20 Bridges
  • 26 Ford (Van Engel - 78' )
  • 18 Mills
  • 25 Wyke
  • 29 Gray
  • 30 Joyce

Substitutes

  • 05 Sangare
  • 17 Ralth
  • 10 Van Engel
  • 34 York
Ref: Robinson
Att: 957

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

6 4

Corners

5 6

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:26 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:14

Tom Phipp has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

90:00 +2:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Pinney by Djoumin Sangare. Nathaniel Pinney takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:52

Neil Barrett takes a shot. Djoumin Sangare gets a block in.

90:00 +0:34

Liam Enver-Marum decides to take a short corner.

89:42

Shot by Tom Phipp from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

88:36

Effort from outside the penalty area by James Gray goes wide left of the target.

84:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Barrett on John Van Engel. The free kick is swung in left-footed by John Van Engel, save by Lance Cronin.

82:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ram Marwa on John Van Engel. Direct free kick taken by Sol Davis.

82:26

James Gray concedes a free kick for a foul on Ram Marwa. Ram Marwa takes the direct free kick.

81:43

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Gray, save by Lance Cronin.

81:27

John Van Engel takes a shot. Ross Smith gets a block in.

80:18

Liam Enver-Marum has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

79:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Gray on Tom Phipp. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Enver-Marum from right wing.

77:02 Substitution

Substitution John Van Engel on for Ben Ford.

77:02 Substitution

Substitution (Ebbsfleet United) makes a substitution, with Tom Phipp coming on for Gozie Ugwu.

77:02

Ricky Shakes concedes a free kick for a foul on Djoumin Sangare. Free kick taken by Patrick Noubissie.

73:11

The offside flag is raised against Gozie Ugwu. Free kick taken by Sol Davis.

69:44

The offside flag is raised against Nathaniel Pinney. Sol Davis takes the indirect free kick.

68:58

Ram Marwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Ford. Direct free kick taken by Sol Davis.

67:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gozie Ugwu by Djoumin Sangare. Neil Barrett restarts play with the free kick.

65:39 Substitution

Substitution Michael West goes off and Nathaniel Pinney comes on.

63:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Wyke by Neil Barrett. Ben Ford produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Lance Cronin.

62:13

Foul by Patrick Noubissie on Michael West, free kick awarded. Michael West takes the direct free kick.

61:01

Sol Davis challenges Liam Enver-Marum unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Enver-Marum delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line.

60:11 Substitution

Substitution Djoumin Sangare comes on in place of Phil Ifil.

58:58

Liam Enver-Marum is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Sol Davis.

58:25

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Gray, Ricky Shakes makes a clearance.

57:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Gray on Gozie Ugwu. Neil Barrett restarts play with the free kick.

56:03

Patrick Noubissie fouled by Michael West, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

55:28

Headed effort from inside the penalty area by James Gray misses to the right of the target.

53:42 Substitution

Substitution Ram Marwa is brought on as a substitute for Liam Bellamy.

53:27

Effort on goal by Gozie Ugwu from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

52:19

James Gray takes a corner.

51:24

Liam Enver-Marum takes a shot. Save made by Laurie Walker.

49:09

James Gray takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

48:20

Neil Barrett challenges Sol Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Westwood takes the direct free kick.

46:07

Unfair challenge on Sol Davis by Gozie Ugwu results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sol Davis.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

43:35

Michael West takes a shot. Phil Ifil gets a block in. Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Bellamy on James Gray. David Bridges restarts play with the free kick.

40:00

Craig Stone fouled by Patrick Noubissie, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Lorraine takes the direct free kick.

36:34

Effort on goal by James Gray from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

35:53

The referee blows for offside against Liam Enver-Marum. Laurie Walker takes the indirect free kick.

34:38

Effort from 18 yards by Danny Mills. Save made by Lance Cronin.

34:02

Corner taken right-footed by James Gray, clearance by Liam Bellamy.

33:43

Charlie Wyke takes a shot. Paul Lorraine gets a block in.

31:52

Shot from 30 yards from Patrick Noubissie. Blocked by Neil Barrett.

31:10

Liam Enver-Marum takes a shot. Laurie Walker makes a save.

30:39

Paul Lorraine challenges Charlie Wyke unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sol Davis.

29:51

Gozie Ugwu takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Westwood.

24:36

Short corner worked by Liam Enver-Marum.

22:44

Unfair challenge on Patrick Noubissie by Gozie Ugwu results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick Noubissie.

21:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Ifil on Liam Bellamy. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Liam Enver-Marum, Phil Ifil makes a clearance.

21:03

Gozie Ugwu has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

19:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Ricky Shakes - Ebbsfleet 1 - 0 Kettering Ricky Shakes scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Ebbsfleet United 1-0 Kettering.

19:02

Ben Ford has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

17:23

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Gray played to the near post.

15:37

Corner taken right-footed by Michael West from the right by-line, save made by Laurie Walker.

15:05

Liam Bellamy fouled by Ben Ford, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Howe.

13:50

Unfair challenge on Paul Lorraine by Ben Joyce results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

13:07

Paul Lorraine concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Joyce. Free kick taken by Sol Davis.

12:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Barrett on Ben Ford. Free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

12:20

Unfair challenge on Joe Howe by Danny Mills results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

10:09

Danny Mills challenges Craig Stone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Stone.

9:06

Neil Barrett takes a shot. Save made by Laurie Walker.

5:01

Liam Enver-Marum takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Patrick Noubissie.

4:17

Corner taken by Michael West from the right by-line played to the near post, Gozie Ugwu takes a shot. Clearance by Sol Davis.

0:00

The game begins.

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