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Havant & Waterlooville 3-3 Ebbsfleet United

Ebbsfleet staged a remarkable recovery at the start of the second half to earn a draw at relegated Havant & Waterlooville.

Trailing by three goals at half-time, the visitors were level before the hour mark as they closed the gap to the play-off places to three points with two games remaining.

Alfie Rutherford opened the scoring after 22 minutes when he converted the rebound after Ryan Woodford's header hit a post.

Michael Cheek somehow managed to hit the bar with the goal gaping as the visitors looked to respond, but instead Havant struck twice at the end of the first half, through Rutherford and then Dan McNamara, to leave Ebbsfleet with a mountain to climb.

Danny Kedwell's close-range finish pulled one back a minute after the break before Cheek made up for his earlier miss with a turn and shot into the net from the edge of the area.

And Sam Magri completed the comeback six minutes after that to leave the hosts stunned.

With more than 30 minutes still to play, Ebbsfleet would have fancied their chances of going on to claim victory, but they could not find a fourth goal as they missed the chance to move to within a point of seventh-placed Eastleigh.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Havant & Waterlooville

  • 28Bilboe
  • 2Strugnell
  • 3WilliamsBooked at 65mins
  • 14CarterBooked at 28mins
  • 7Fogden
  • 5Woodford
  • 8Lewis
  • 18McNamaraBooked at 75mins
  • 20RutherfordBooked at 78mins
  • 25Cordner
  • 27PaulSubstituted forQuigleyat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Quigley
  • 12Banjo
  • 15Huggins
  • 22Molyneaux
  • 29Jalloh

Ebbsfleet

  • 1Ashmore
  • 3Magri
  • 4Rance
  • 10Drury
  • 8AdamsBooked at 38minsSubstituted forPayneat 46'minutes
  • 5WinfieldBooked at 78mins
  • 9Kedwell
  • 11Weston
  • 12CheekSubstituted forGrahamat 76'minutes
  • 19BushBooked at 75mins
  • 23WilsonSubstituted forWhitelyat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Miles
  • 14Moncur
  • 16Payne
  • 18Whitely
  • 22Graham
Referee:
Sam Allison
Attendance:
1,097

Live Text

Match ends, Havant & Waterlooville 3, Ebbsfleet United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Havant & Waterlooville 3, Ebbsfleet United 3.

Booking

Dave Winfield (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Alfie Rutherford (Havant & Waterlooville) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Bagasan Graham replaces Michael Cheek.

Booking

Chris Bush (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Dan McNamara (Havant & Waterlooville) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Rory Williams (Havant & Waterlooville) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Corey Whitely replaces Lawrie Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Havant & Waterlooville. Joe Quigley replaces Chris Paul.

Goal!

Goal! Havant & Waterlooville 3, Ebbsfleet United 3. Sam Magri (Ebbsfleet United).

Goal!

Goal! Havant & Waterlooville 3, Ebbsfleet United 2. Michael Cheek (Ebbsfleet United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ebbsfleet United. Jack Payne replaces Ebou Adams.

Goal!

Goal! Havant & Waterlooville 3, Ebbsfleet United 1. Danny Kedwell (Ebbsfleet United).

Second Half

Second Half begins Havant & Waterlooville 3, Ebbsfleet United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Havant & Waterlooville 3, Ebbsfleet United 0.

Goal!

Goal! Havant & Waterlooville 3, Ebbsfleet United 0. Dan McNamara (Havant & Waterlooville).

Goal!

Goal! Havant & Waterlooville 2, Ebbsfleet United 0. Alfie Rutherford (Havant & Waterlooville).

Booking

Ebou Adams (Ebbsfleet United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Mike Carter (Havant & Waterlooville) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Havant & Waterlooville 1, Ebbsfleet United 0. Alfie Rutherford (Havant & Waterlooville).

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leyton Orient442512773353887
2Salford442510975413485
3Solihull Moors442591072423084
4Wrexham442491155361981
5Fylde442115871393278
6Harrogate4420111375552071
7Eastleigh44217165760-370
8Ebbsfleet4418131363441967
9Gateshead44199165244866
10Sutton United441713145355-264
11Barrow441513164951-258
12Chesterfield441317145249356
13Bromley441511186267-556
14Hartlepool441414165359-656
15Barnet441511184249-756
16Dag & Red441510194953-455
17Dover441412185464-1054
18Halifax441120134042-253
19Boreham Wood441215174859-1151
20Maidenhead United44156234368-2551
21Havant & Waterlooville44913226280-1840
22Aldershot44911243467-3338
23Braintree44107274678-3237
24Maidstone United4496293578-4333
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