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Ebbsfleet recover to secure thrilling opening day victory

Any Ebbsfleet supporters that made the 260-mile round trip to newly promoted Nuneaton Town on the opening day of the new Blue Square Bet Premier season were certainly given their money’s worth.

After 20 minutes it appeared that the journey to the West Midlands was going to be a wasted one as Andy Brown and Adam Walker quickly established a comfortable advantage for the hosts.

But within 10 minutes, the visitors had turned the game around as Tom Phipp (pictured), Nathan Elder and new signing Moses Ashikodi all struck to send the Fleet into half time with the lead.

Striker Liam Enver-Marum, who had returned to Ebbsfleet following his trial at League One Stevenage, added a fourth soon after the break to give the Kent club some breathing space.

Robbie Thompson-Brown provide Nuneaton with some hope, but Phipp struck again two minutes from time to seal a dramatic opening day victory.

Brown grabbed his second of the match deep into stoppage time, but was unable to prevent Nuneaton from slipping to a 5-4 defeat on an eventful afternoon at Liberty Way.

Improve on last season's efforts

Post match, Ebbsfleet boss Liam Daish was pleased to get off to a good start but insists his side would need to be better defensively to improve on last season’s efforts.

Speaking to BBC Radio Kent Daish said: “It must have been good for the neutral and we haven't won on the first day of the season for a long time.”

He continued: “All the strikers got off the mark, which is great, and we took our chances well. We got back in the game. There were always going to be goals but I didn't expect that many.”

The Fleet welcome Braintree Town to Stonebridge Road on Tuesday evening in the first of back-to-back home matches.

Wrexham are next on the agenda and Daish is keen to build momentum and make the most of the best possible start to the new season.

He concluded: “I've got to start on the positives, I know there were negatives that I will highlight to the players, but we're off and running and we've got our first three points on the road.”

By Daniel Ludlam

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