Lockwood’s Lions Ready For Season Opener

Image & graphic courtesy of George Wood Photography

Ebbsfleet United visit Nethermoor on Saturday for the opening game of our 2017/18 Vanarama National League campaign with Adam Lockwood’s men ready for the season, kick-off is at 3pm.

It has been a mixed pre-season results wise with wins at Parkgate and Handsworth Parramore whilst holding Barnsley and Darlington to a draw at Nethermoor.

Last season ended on a high note for the Lions with Danny Lowe’s 90th minute header securing our place in non league’s top tier for another season.

Ebbsfleet United have made six new signings over the summer including former Dover Athletic defender Sam Magri and winger Luke Coulson for an undisclosed fee from Barnet.

The Fleet have also had a mixed pre-season with wins over a Tottenham Hotspur X1 and Hendon with a draw against Southend United along with defeats to Shrewsbury Town, Tonbridge Angels, Cambridge United and AFC Wimbledon.

Following Saturday’s draw with Darlington looking ahead to the new season Adam Lockwood said “There’s always things to work on whether you win, lose or draw. We look to maintain personal standards and I will do that throughout the season. I want to keep moving us forward.”

Speaking about his own additions which has bolstered the squad Adam said “We’ve tried to create more competition, I want tough decisions as a manager.”

Looking at the fixture list the manager, who is also registered as a player, said “It’s always nice to start at home, it is good for the club as well, on the other hand we focus on games whether it is home or away.”

“The league gets stronger each year and it will continue doing that.”

Adam Lockwood has also been keeping an eye on Ebbsfleet’s transfer activity over the close-season “It is another big test, as the rest of the teams in our league will give us.”

“They’ve come up and assembled a very good squad, they’ve earned the right to be at this level and I’m sure that they will hold their own.”

“All the games at this level are tough and it won’t change this season, in fact it will probably be tougher.”

Tickets can be purchased online here or on the turnstiles. 

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