Tom Elliott scored a hat-trick as Cambridge United jumped above Ebbsfleet United and out of the relegation zone.

Elliott's shot from the edge of the box took the U's ahead, before Liam Enver-Marum's six-yard strike and Matt Godden's header put the Fleet in front.

But Elliott then completed his treble with two headers either side of Sam Smith's finish from 12 yards.

Cambridge had Andy Pugh sent off for a second yellow card but his side's win puts Ebbsfleet in the relegation zone.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ebbsfleet United manager Liam Daish told BBC Radio Kent:

"Our centre-halves couldn't handle Tom Elliot. We didn't clear our lines properly and he was the difference.

"As well as my centre-halves played on Saturday, they played as poorly today.

"Good teams are all about consistency. A team on a one-off situation can beat anyone.

"They were four goals that could have been dealt with if we were a little more switched on."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (4)

Ebbsfleet United

  • 01 Edwards
  • 04 Ada Booked
  • 02 Stone Booked
  • 11 Phipp (Bellamy - 74' )
  • 14 Howe Booked
  • 15 Barrett
  • 18 Azeez
  • 23 Carew
  • 05 Walsh
  • 07 Marum
  • 25 Godden

Substitutes

  • 12 Menz
  • 16 Bellamy
  • 17 Greenhalgh
  • 10 Ashikodi
  • 21 Akinde

Cambridge United

  • 33 Steer
  • 02 Roberts
  • 03 Jennings Booked
  • 04 Coulson
  • 12 McAuley
  • 06 Shaw
  • 11 Dunk Booked (Willmott - 59' )
  • 16 Jarvis
  • 09 Gash (Smith - 59' )
  • 10 Elliott (Thorpe - 82' )
  • 15 Pugh Dismissed after an earlier booking

Substitutes

  • 20 Thorpe
  • 25 Hudson
  • 34 Haynes-Brown
  • 22 Willmott
  • 28 Smith
Ref: Kinseley
Att: 842

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

6 7

Corners

10 7

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:14 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:11

Joe Howe takes a short corner.

90:00 +1:38

Ashley Carew crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Liam Enver-Marum misses to the right of the target.

89:26

Centre by Joe Howe.

88:30

Shot on goal by Liam Enver-Marum from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

88:01

Shot by Robbie Willmott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

87:15

Centre by Joe Howe, Jed Steer makes a save.

85:30

Jed Steer takes the free kick.

85:30 Booking

Booking Booking for Joe Howe.

85:19

Joe Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathon Thorpe.

81:32 Substitution

Substitution Jonathon Thorpe comes on in place of Tom Elliott.

81:32

Liam Enver-Marum is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jed Steer.

80:41

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Carew, Rory McAuley manages to make a clearance.

77:54

Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Carew from the left by-line.

76:45

Ashley Carew takes the free kick.

76:45 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee shows Andy Pugh a red card for second bookable offence.

76:37

Foul by Andy Pugh on Joe Howe, free kick awarded.

75:41

The assist for the goal came from James Jennings.

75:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Elliott - Ebbsfleet 2 - 4 Cambridge Tom Elliott scores a headed goal from inside the box. Ebbsfleet United 2-4 Cambridge Utd.

75:22

James Jennings crosses the ball,

73:52

Outswinging corner taken by Rossi Jarvis from the right by-line, clearance made by Neil Barrett.

73:52 Substitution

Substitution Tom Phipp goes off and Liam Bellamy comes on.

72:33

Rossi Jarvis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Phipp. Neil Barrett restarts play with the free kick. Phil Walsh takes a shot. Save by Jed Steer.

69:54

Free kick crossed by Ashley Carew, clearance by James Jennings. Lanre Azeez takes a short corner.

69:54 Booking

Booking James Jennings receives a caution.

69:41

Unfair challenge on Lanre Azeez by James Jennings results in a free kick.

68:10 Booking

Booking The referee shows Patrick Ada a yellow card.

67:50

Patrick Ada gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Elliott. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Roberts.

67:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Elliott on Craig Stone. Phil Walsh takes the free kick.

65:58

Neil Barrett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rossi Jarvis. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Kevin Roberts.

64:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Smith - Ebbsfleet 2 - 3 Cambridge Sam Smith gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Ebbsfleet United 2-3 Cambridge Utd.

63:54

The assist for the goal came from Kevin Roberts.

63:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Elliott - Ebbsfleet 2 - 2 Cambridge Tom Elliott finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Ebbsfleet United 2-2 Cambridge Utd.

63:20

A cross is delivered by Kevin Roberts,

62:38

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Rossi Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post, Neil Barrett makes a clearance.

62:05

James Jennings takes a shot. Preston Edwards makes a save.

60:38 Booking

Booking The referee shows Andy Pugh a yellow card.

60:25

Andy Pugh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Howe. Preston Edwards takes the free kick.

59:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Elliott by Patrick Ada. Rossi Jarvis restarts play with the free kick.

58:18 Substitution

Substitution Robbie Willmott replaces Harrison Dunk.

58:18 Substitution

Substitution Sam Smith on for Michael Gash.

57:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Liam Enver-Marum. Indirect free kick taken by Jed Steer.

56:35

Corner taken by Rossi Jarvis, save by Preston Edwards.

56:00

Harrison Dunk fouled by Liam Enver-Marum, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Jennings.

54:56

Andy Pugh fouled by Ashley Carew, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Roberts takes the direct free kick.

53:36

Corner taken by Rossi Jarvis from the right by-line to the near post, Tom Elliott takes a shot. Craig Stone gets a block in.

50:29

Harrison Dunk takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Walsh. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rossi Jarvis, clearance made by Joe Howe.

48:16

Assist by Craig Stone.

48:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Godden - Ebbsfleet 2 - 1 Cambridge Matt Godden finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Ebbsfleet United 2-1 Cambridge Utd.

48:06

Craig Stone delivers the ball,

46:22

Ashley Carew takes a shot. Josh Coulson gets a block in. Corner taken short by Ashley Carew. Tom Phipp has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

44:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Elliott on Tom Phipp. Direct free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

43:42

Ashley Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Roberts. Rossi Jarvis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Craig Stone makes a clearance.

38:09

The referee gives a free kick against Harrison Dunk for handball. The ball is delivered by Ashley Carew, Lanre Azeez takes a shot. James Jennings gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Carew.

37:11

Centre by Craig Stone.

35:25

Liam Enver-Marum has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

32:36 Booking

Booking Harrison Dunk booked.

32:19

Unfair challenge on Tom Phipp by Harrison Dunk results in a free kick. Phil Walsh restarts play with the free kick.

29:46

Foul by Patrick Ada on Tom Elliott, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Josh Coulson.

27:58

Liam Enver-Marum fouled by Josh Coulson, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Carew crosses the ball in from the free kick, Tom Elliott makes a clearance.

26:42

Foul by Patrick Ada on Michael Gash, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Rossi Jarvis from right channel, clearance made by Phil Walsh.

26:09

The referee blows for offside. Jed Steer takes the free kick.

24:18

Craig Stone delivers the ball, save by Jed Steer.

22:20

A cross is delivered by Craig Stone, save by Jed Steer. Phil Walsh concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Gash. Rossi Jarvis crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Preston Edwards.

21:34

The ball is delivered by James Jennings, Phil Walsh manages to make a clearance.

19:03

Harrison Dunk fouled by Liam Enver-Marum, the ref awards a free kick. Jed Steer restarts play with the free kick.

17:17

Short corner worked by Ashley Carew.

16:30

Liam Enver-Marum has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Blocked by Josh Coulson.

15:06

Andy Pugh takes a shot. Save by Preston Edwards. Corner taken right-footed by Rossi Jarvis to the near post, clearance made by Craig Stone.

13:58

Foul by Tom Elliott on Craig Stone, free kick awarded. Craig Stone takes the free kick.

12:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Enver-Marum - Ebbsfleet 1 - 1 Cambridge Liam Enver-Marum scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Ebbsfleet United 1-1 Cambridge Utd.

12:02

Corner taken short by Lanre Azeez.

11:19

James Jennings challenges Lanre Azeez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Stone takes the direct free kick.

5:36

Rossi Jarvis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Preston Edwards. Corner taken by Ashley Carew, clearance by Josh Coulson. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ashley Carew from the left by-line, Tom Elliott makes a clearance.

5:36 Booking

Booking Craig Stone shown a yellow card.

5:22

Craig Stone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harrison Dunk. Free kick taken by James Jennings.

4:23

Kevin Roberts sends in a cross, Phil Walsh makes a clearance.

2:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Carew on Rossi Jarvis. Michael Gash restarts play with the free kick.

0:47

The assist for the goal came from Tom Shaw.

0:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Elliott - Ebbsfleet 0 - 1 Cambridge Goal scored by Tom Elliott from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Ebbsfleet United 0-1 Cambridge Utd.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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