Ebbsfleet 2-2 Hemel Hempstead
Vanarama Conference South
Saturday 28th February 2015
Both Ebbsfleet’s and Hemel Hempstead’s Vanarama Conference South promotion odds got a little longer on Saturday when drew 2-2 at Stonebridge Road.
Goals from Danny Kedwell and the returning Matt Godden had turned the game on its head after Oliver Hawkins had given Hemel an early lead, but a brilliant free-kick from Tudors skipper Jordan Parkes meant it finished all square.
Ebbsfleet had distributed a thousand free tickets to local schools and businesses and a big crowd was in place by 3pm, but the home faithful were silenced just four minutes into the game. Dennis Oli crossed from the left and Oli Hawkins was left unmarked to send a looping header over Edwards.
Fleet stayed positive, though, with Kedwell levelling the scores on 12 minutes. Sean Shields burst down the left and delivered a low cross which Kedwell converted from inside the six-yard box.
Ebbsfleet took the lead five minutes before half time, with the visitors appealing for a foul on left-back Brown, Godden got away from the labouring Diarra on the right-hand side of the penalty area. Godden kept his cool and planted a low shot across Walker into the far corner.
The visitors, having struck early in the first half, repeated the trick in the second. Kelvin Langmead tugged Hawkins back on the edge of the box and Parkes curled a sublime free-kick over the wall and into the top corner.
It was a deserved equaliser and the momentum was starting to swing the way of the visitors. However, the scores remained at 2-2 and on reflection was a fair result between two teams who had approached the game trying to win all three points.