The FA Cup - First Round
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Ebbsfleet United 0-0 Cheltenham Town

Ebbsfleet were close to beginning life under new boss Garry Hill with an FA Cup first-round upset, but Cheltenham held on to earn a replay after a goalless draw.

The National League club were the better side, but they must now win in Gloucestershire if they are to make the second round for the first time since changing their name from Gravesend and Northfleet in 2007.

Hill's new charges were on top for most of the first period and Scott Flinders turned a low effort from Corey Whitely around a post in the 16th minute.

Cheltenham lost captain Johnny Mullins to injury midway through the half after an aerial collision with Danny Kedwell.

The Kent side continued to ask some serious questions of their League Two visitors, with Luke Coulson volleying a cross from Myles Weston over the bar.

Kedwell nodded a cross from the impressive Weston just wide of the left post.

Flinders had to make another save from Whitely in the 39th minute, diving low to his left as it remained goalless at the break.

Cheltenham improved slightly in the second half, with Luke Varney seeing an effort deflected over the bar and Ben Tozer heading Chris Hussey's corner just wide of the far post, but neither side could find a breakthrough and they will do it all again on 20 November.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Ebbsfleet

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ashmore
  • 3Magri
  • 5WinfieldBooked at 18mins
  • 6Clark
  • 19Bush
  • 16Payne
  • 8AdamsSubstituted forKingat 60'minutes
  • 15CoulsonSubstituted forMcQueenat 79'minutes
  • 11WestonSubstituted forWilsonat 89'minutes
  • 9Kedwell
  • 18Whitely

Substitutes

  • 2King
  • 12Cheek
  • 13Miles
  • 14McQueen
  • 17Shields
  • 22Graham
  • 23Wilson

Cheltenham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Flinders
  • 23Forster
  • 4Tozer
  • 5MullinsSubstituted forBarnettat 22'minutes
  • 11BroomBooked at 61mins
  • 26Clements
  • 20Maddox
  • 7ThomasBooked at 37minsSubstituted forAtanganaat 84'minutes
  • 3Hussey
  • 28MooneySubstituted forAddaiat 50'minutes
  • 32Varney

Substitutes

  • 6Atangana
  • 10McAlinden
  • 16Addai
  • 22Lovett
  • 27Field
  • 29Barnett
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
1,624

Match Stats

Home TeamEbbsfleetAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away3
Shots on Target
Home1
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ebbsfleet United 0, Cheltenham Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ebbsfleet United 0, Cheltenham Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Chris Bush (Ebbsfleet United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Darren McQueen (Ebbsfleet United).

  6. Post update

    Johnny Mullins (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Lawrie Wilson replaces Myles Weston.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Corey Whitely (Ebbsfleet United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sam Magri (Ebbsfleet United).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenny Clark (Ebbsfleet United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Nigel Atangana replaces Conor Thomas.

  13. Post update

    Jack Payne (Ebbsfleet United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dave Winfield (Ebbsfleet United).

  16. Post update

    Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Chris Bush (Ebbsfleet United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Corey Whitely (Ebbsfleet United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Darren McQueen replaces Luke Coulson.