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22:28 6th December 2011
By  Webteam

Ebbsfleet United 0-0 Cambridge United

Cambridge United were left to wonder what might have been at Stonebridge Road, as Ebbsfleet goalkeeper Preston Edwards pulled off a number of fine saves to ensure the spoils were shared.

Ashley Carew spurned a spot kick for the second away game in succession and once again United were left to rue the miss.

It was a similar story to that stalemate at Kidderminster, as the U's dominated for long spells but couldn't find the crucial touch. With Luke Berry and Harrison Dunk restored to the starting line up after injury, the visitors started on the front foot with Berry seeing his early shot flash wide.

It was Berry who threatened again ten minutes later, drawing a sharp save from Edwards after connecting with Carew's centre.

That penalty arrived in the 19th minute when Dunk turned Fleet defender Joe Howe, who could only tug back the winger inside the area. Carew stepped up but placed his kick too close to Edwards who was able to comfortably repel the strike.

United's pressure continued thereafter and on the half hour Berry's long-range effort was deflected onto the outside of the post.

It was a more even affair after the break as Ebbsfleet began to threaten. Substitute Ricky Shakes forced Danny Naisbitt into a fine save in the closing stages and the U's stopper had to repeat the trick minutes later from Nathaniel Pinney's effort.

There was a final flurry of action for United as they piled forward in added time but despite the introduction of Jordan Patrick, Jez George's men couldn't quite turn their territory into goals.

Match updates:

Another case of what might have been, as United are denied a victory. Full time: Ebbsfleet United 0-0 Cambridge United

92: U's pressure - Thorpe's ball, Gash goes for it and Patrick can't quite force the ball in. Then Patrick has another strike but it flies away.

91: Not far away from Coulson, his header drifting across the six-yard box.

89: Carew off, Jonathon Thorpe on.

83: Naisbitt has to be alert again, just diverting Pinney's strike wide. Another very good chance there and a bit of a let off for United.

79: Jarvis off, Hughes on for United. Slight re-jig, with Berry moving back and Hughes heading up to play off Gash.

77: Willock off, Darvill on for Fleet.

74: Naisbitt called into action, pushing away Shakes' strike - a very good save and, naturally, an important one.

69: The often energetic Dunk off, with Jordan Patrick coming on. Dunk had been a bit of a doubt for tonight's game.

63: Shakes on, West off for Fleet.

55: Not a million miles away from Pinney there for Fleet. Not even a mile - side netting.

51: Ebbsfleet pressure, Wylde deals with the aerial ball like an expensive and especially sharp shredder dealing with a thin leaf of sugar paper.

49: Ram Marwa is certainly not sheepish. More to follow.

46: We're back under way, gang. United have threatened throughout, with the Fleet offering occasional moments of concern on the break. That penalty miss sees scores remaining level.

Half time: 0-0

45+1: Edwards gets to the ball in front of Michael Gash, putting the ball behind for a corner.

38: Some Fleet pressure of late, as they flutter in wide areas.

30: Bang, metalwork - Luke Berry's shot deflected onto the outside of the post and away for a corner.

26: Shaw's shot turned behind for a corner by Edwards. I wonder whether you ought to take a penalty against your former club? It's gone now, that's one for the water cooler, save it for tomorrow.

25: Tom Phipp booked for Ebbsfleet after a tackle on Tom Shaw. I keep thinking of Robert Fripp when I see Phipp's name, don't know about you.

23: United back on top lately, and Carew has been influential so far, but has blotted his copy book with that penalty miss. I can't ever celebrate the award of a penalty, don't know about you.

20: Missed: Carew's slightly soft penalty saved by Edwards.

19: Penalty to United: Harrison Dunk spins Howe in the area and is tugged back by the Fleet man. No card for the defender, pretty sure thing that penalty.

17: Preston Edwards makes a sharp save for Fleet from Luke Berry after Ash Carew's centre. Good to have Berry's verve back in the midfield.

11: Bit of Fleet pressure - Liam Daish's men have goals in them just now, hitting three at the weekend.

7: Dunk brought down a few yards outside the box, with the free kick (one of those training ground specials which usually turns out to be about as special as a child's special milkshake, which probably has dog food in) eventually drifting out for a corner.

6: Shot from Luke Berry, a pretty good chance, sliced wide.

5: Bits and bobs first five minutes. Of course, as well as Marum and Willock for the hosts, Carew and Gash are facing their former club.

For United, it's a re-jig from Bath last week, with Dunk and Berry available again. Ryan Charles doesn't make the 16; he had been a doubt for the fixture, while Liam Hughes drops the bench as Berry returns. Peter Winn is back at Stevenage following the end of his loan spell, while there's no place for Adam Marriott on the bench. So that's two former U's up front for the hosts, in the shape of Calum Willock and Liam (Enver-) Marum. Options on the bench in the shape of Ricky Shakes too.

Ebbsfleet United: Edwards, Lorraine, Mambo, Stone, West, Marwa, Phipp, Howe, Willock, Marum, Pinney. Subs: Welch, Simpemba, Barrett, Shakes, Darvill

Cambridge United: Danny Naisbitt, Kevin Roberts, Josh Coulson, Michael Wylde (c), James Jennings, Tom Shaw, Rossi Jarvis, Harrison Dunk, Ashley Carew, Luke Berry, Michael Gash Subs: Rory McAuley, Jonathon Thorpe, Keiran Murtagh, Jordan Patrick, Liam Hughes

Team news: Harrison Dunk and Luke Berry back in for United after injury.

Good evening all, it's Ebbsfleet United on the agenda tonight and the headline news is that it is cold. Kick-off at Stonebridge Road is 7.45pm. More to follow (on the weather)...
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