While the odds aren’t quite as high as 40/1 for Sevenoaks to upset the form book, those numbers still apply to this game – it’s Fleet’s 40th appearance in the fourth qualifying round despite being a first opportunity for the visitors who presented this as the biggest game in their history – on the heels of the previous biggest game in their history in the previous round.
Fleet’s aim to make the first round for the second straight season – and 22nd time overall – hinges on easing Sevenoaks’ hitherto important cut spirit and Dennis Kutrieb won’t take the opposition to the slight despite a gap of 62 places in the non-league pyramid.
“I’m sure they’ll be confident even though it’s a tough draw for them, but it’s tough for us too,” the Fleet boss said. “They are on their feet after their win at Bath, they like to play up front, a few players have played at our level. So we have to make sure we provide the same intensity and our goal is to get to the first round.
The intensity of the fleet last weekend was clear for all 1,474 to see as five goals were fired past the best defense in the division at the time and that – not that the team of Kutrieb especially needs it in his current form – is the perfect confidence booster for this weekend. –Kent cut tie.
Sevenoaks, on the other hand, may not arrive in league form but they haven’t had much time to string together league games given their outrageous form in the FA Cup. Five wins already in this season’s competition, including over top-tier Kingstonian and Bath City, have more than made up for their failure to pass the first qualifying round on each of the previous four attempts.
It is the farthest the club have come in 17 years of FA Cup competition and while that is a feat in itself, manager Harry Hudson will be eyeing the first round and the potential to create more history in the club he only joined in February, saved from relegation and rebuilt in terms of personnel over the last eight months.
Hudson, a former Whyteleafe and Glebe manager, and who runs his own football academy, has signed players from all three sources since his appointment and it is certainly paying off when it comes to the cup.
By a curious coincidence, Sevenoaks’ main dangerman Ryan Gondoh played against Fleet at the same FA Cup stage last season when he lined up with Hampton & Richmond Borough in their 2-0 defeat at the stadium Kuflink. And midfielder Dan Hector was another who faced us last season while at Carshalton Athletic, as well as being part of the Merstham squad that caused a shock to dump Fleet out of the cup that day. there in 2016.
Many Fleet fans will of course remember Sevenoaks left-back Karn Miller-Neave, who was just 16 when he netted a free-kick against Hythe Town to become our youngest goalscorer in a 7-1 FA Cup win in 2014 (see that one here). There won’t be too many other familiar faces among the Oaks squad, although Kyle De Silva has made first-team appearances for Crystal Palace and in Holland for FC Eindhoven.
Sevenoaks are 17th in the Isthmian South East Division with one win from five, but will have gone a full month without league competition by the time they play a game due to their cup exploits. Last week they faced more top division opponents in the FA Trophy but were edged out by this one, losing 1-0 at Lewes.
Tie winners will pocket £9,375, with losers receiving £3,125. Any replay will take place at Sevenoaks on Tuesday evening while the first round draw will take place live on BBC Two at 7.00pm on Monday.
MATCH DAY IN SMALL FEATURES ——–>
Our online ticket sales platform on fleetlive.club has tickets available until 12:00 p.m. on match day. We advise you pre-purchase for your and our convenience to gain admission to the grounds.
Daytime ticket sales are available from the windows of the main reception, accepting card and cash payments. The turnstiles open at 1pm but only accept online tickets (printed Where on your device) and tickets purchased at the box office on the day of the match.
There is no segregation for this game – so all supporters are welcome in our Main Stand bar and Social Club bar. To access the Main Stand bar, enter through the turnstiles and walk along the walkway into the Main Stand to the door at the Swanscombe (uncovered) end. Signs show you the direction. Dennis Kutrieb does a pre-game roster review and he and other players also attend the bar after the game for the Man of the Match presentation.
Check out our food stalls (to the left of the main turnstile entrance is our Würtsel Haus German Sausage Experience and straight ahead as you enter the ground is the Manhattan Grill for all your burgers, hot dogs and other needs !). Pop-up bars are also located near the turnstiles and near ‘Geeks Corner’ between the Plow End and the Old Stand. We have a Hofmeister popup to find in the marquee between the main turnstiles entrance and the main stand.
Parking as usual on match days is available at Ebbsfleet International Car Park C for £3. Please have the correct change if possible to assist our parking staff and again we recommend arriving early. Please note that the areas near Northfleet Station, namely Railway Street and Hamerton Road, are residents/permit parking only and invalid vehicles will be ticketed. The area on Thamesway before the roundabout on the approach to Kuflink Stadium is a designated clear lane – although this is not particularly apparent on the approach – so you are advised not to park here due to the risk to be verbalized.
MATCH DAY PROGRAMS
If you wish to purchase your program in advance to collect it from our club shop before entering the pitch, you can do so via our webshop or when booking your matchday tickets online .
Programs are also on sale on the pitch from the club shop, the pop-up bar when you enter the turnstiles, the Main Stand tea kiosk or in the Social Club behind the Plow End, priced at £2. Pre-order programs can be picked up at the club shop before the game and before you enter the turnstiles.