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Unbeaten run Ebbs away from Eastleigh
11:26pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Sport
EASTLEIGH’S run of seven games without defeat in the Skrill Conference South screeched to a halt at Ebbsfleet United tonight.
Richard Hill’s league leaders were beaten 3-1 at Stonebridge Road – their first league reverse since losing at Basingstoke on August 24.
The Spitfires went in 1-1 at the break after Stuart Fleetwood had snuffed out Billy Bricknell’s 23rd-minute opener on the brink of half-time.
But a Bricknell penalty awarded for an alleged foul by Chris Todd put Ebbsfleet back in the driving seat before ex-Spitfires skipper Daryl McMahon settled matters with a late free kick.
Hill felt that two crucial penalty decisions had swayed the outcome of the game.
“In my opinion we should have had a penalty for a foul on Jai Reason in the first five or six minutes, but the ref’s booked Jai for diving,” he said.
“Then, five minutes into the second half, he’s awarded them a penalty when Toddy’s actually won the ball and the lad’s gone over his legs. I’ve not had the benefit of seeing the incident played back, but it looked as if it was outside the box in any case and the player’s fallen and ended up in the area.
“Refs are there to referee the game, not to influence the outcome. If one was a penalty tonight, then so was the other one.” Penalty decisions aside, Hill was far from unhappy with what he witnessed from his side.
“We were the better team for long periods of the game and had plenty of possession,” he said. “Granted, we didn’t always hurt them, but we played some very good football.
“We had lots and lots of chances but we weren’t clinical enough.
“But goals change games and we should have had a penalty.”
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