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The Vanarama National League South

Rebels beaten by Bingham's brace

Slough Town

Slough Town

Ebbsfleet United

Ebbsfleet United

Bingham (30, 84)
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Rakish Bingham’s brace helped Ebbsfleet United record a 2-0 win over ten-man Slough at Arbour Park.

Bingham found the net in the first half before sealing the win with his second on the 84th minute, shortly before Aaron Kuhl was sent off for a clattering challenge on Chris Solly.

A well-constructed performance against Braintree appeared to signal hope for a Rebels win on a damp evening, but the difference in game-time between the sides was evident in the first half of action.

Ebbsfleet, who started their fifth game of 2021 in comparison to Slough’s second fixture of the new year, dominated possession in the first 45 minutes and often forced Jon Underwood’s men to hit long, searching passes which fell to the feet of the Fleet back four.

Bingham posed a threat in attack almost immediately and almost put his side ahead on the 21st minute. Winger Jack Paxman made a strong run down the right before finding the striker on the edge of the six-yard box, but his first-time strike went just wide.

The best chance of the half for the Rebels fell to Josh Jackman. The full-back was released by Lee Togwell on the right before firing a low, driven effort from a tight angle which was held well by Jordan Holmes.

But more fluid, passing play from the visitors eventually paid off. Tobi Adebayo-Rowling made a bursting run down the right before picking out Bingham at the near post, and the forward made no mistake in flicking his shot past Jack Turner to give Ebbsfleet the lead.

The Rebels fought back at the start of the second half and almost found an equaliser shortly after the break. Cam McGilp’s first-time, pinpoint delivery into the middle of the six-yard box found Ben Harris, but the forward couldn’t make the contact he’d hoped for as the ball rolled into Holmes’ arms.

Louis Lomas then threatened on the left in the 61st minute. The defender broke down the wing before unleashing a fine strike which was parried away by Holmes.

But the closest opportunity for an equaliser fell to substitute Dan Roberts. The attacker was found expertly by a Warren Harris chip to the back post, the forward made firm contact with the header but Jake Goodman was on hand to block from close-range.

And with just over five minutes remaining, Bingham added his second to seal the win. Former Rebel James Dobson linked up with the striker on the left before finding Bingham unmarked in the centre of the box, where he made no mistake in calmly slotting his shot past Turner.

Just moments later Slough’s luck went from bad to worse as Kuhl was given his marching orders after a late, heavy challenge on Ebbsfleet midfielder Solly.

The win sees Ebbsfleet climb to eighth in the table, while Slough slip to 20th after twelve matches.

Report: Daniel Lewis

Ebbsfleet United Lineup

Jordan Holmes, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Sefa Kahraman, Chris Solly, Alfie Egan, Bobby Taylor, James Dobson (Iffy Allen 86), Jack Paxman, Adam Mekki (c) (Jake Goodman 19), Rakish Bingham, Joe Taylor (Mike West 65). Unused Substitutes: Charlie Rowan, Alex Eirich.


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