Harriers kept up their unbeaten run but will consider Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Ebbsfleet two points dropped after a less than stellar game.
The home side started by far the brighter of the sides here and within five minutes they should certainly have taken the lead with two good early openings.
First on four minutes, Tom Phipp fired an effort on the angle that Nathan Vaughan did well to parry down as the Fleet charged forward, Nathan Elder then, a minute later, planted a header wide central to goal with just the goalkeeper to beat.
Just under the quarter hour the chances kept coming for Ebbsfleet and Liam Bellamy was purposeful as he strode through midfield before taking aim with a curled effort that Vaughan did exceptionally well to turn away while stood off his line.
Ryan Rowe cut inside to bend one wide of Preston Edwards’ goal to register Harriers’ first chance of the day on 18 minutes; but the action was soon back up at the other end as Elder’s shot was deflected off Nathan Blissett before forcing Vaughan into yet another stop.
The opening goal of the day came ten minutes later and considering the start you have to say it was against the run of play. It was a great move, though; Blissett busting a gut to win the ball inside the Fleet half and, three on two, he waited before playing in Anthony Malbon who drew Edwards before slotting in his third goal of the season.
That lead was short lived, though – around seven minutes in fact as the Fleet levelled matters up from a set play as marking was questionable, Elder given a free run to meet a ball near the far post before powering past Vaughan who was helpless as it sailed into the net.
Both sides having scored a goal each seemed to disperse a little nervous energy as what followed was easily the quietest part of the half – Harriers having the only real other chance as they played pinball inside the area with three or four different players trying to turn the ball past Edwards to no avail.
The second period was much, much slower to get going and it was with some 58 minutes on the clock that Josh Gowling’s header from a corner narrowly failed to find the target, a similar effort from the same player two minutes later ensuring Edwards kept hands well.
As the hour mark came and went there was a double change for Harriers as Richard Peniket and Callum Gittings entered the fray with Nathan Blissett and Adam Watkins making way.
Soon after there was a chance apiece as Rowe saw a deflected effort saved at one end before Demetriou and Nathan Vaughan were happy to see an Elder effort fly wide up at the other.
After thinking this game had a bag full of goals left in it at half time, the last ten minutes brought with it a feeling that even one would be a joy as both teams struggled to break out of the shackles of a scrappy period.
Lee Vaughan drilled a ball to the near post for Malbon to crash a header across the face of goal on 82 but neither side really showed enough for that all important second.