Match preview: Ebbsfleet United (h)

The Spireites welcome Ebbsfleet United to the SMH Group Stadium as they look to extend their impressive home record.

With Bromley and Barnet playing in the FA Trophy, Chesterfield could move as much as 25 points clear at the top of the National League

Here’s everything you need to know…

Match Details

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2024

Opponents: Ebbsfleet United

Kick-off: 3pm

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: SMH Group Stadium


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The Opposition

Name: Ebbsfleet United Football Club

Nickname: The Fleet

Founded: 1946

Stadium: Kuflink Stadium

Capacity: 4,769

Interim Manager: Danny Searle


Conference South Champions | 2022/23

Conference South Play-Off Winners | 2010/11 & 2016/17

Isthmian League Champions | 2001/02

Southern League Southern Division Champions | 1974/75 & 1993/94

Southern League Champions | 1957/58

FA Trophy Winners | 2007/08

Southern League Cup Winners | 1977/78

Southern League Championship Cup Winners | 1978/79

On Danny Searle

Danny Searle was announced as Braintree Town manager in January 2019. He left the role just four months later to join Aldershot Town. The 45-year-old left the EBB Stadium in September 2021 after a run of poor results. He had a short stint as Waterford’s manager before joining Czech Republic side Bank Ostrava. Searle has since returned to England and joined Ebbsfleet United as interim manager following the departure of Dennis Kutrieb.

One to watch

Following his outstanding form in the National League South, Dominic Poleon has continued to find the back of the net in the level above. The forward has found his home at the Kuflink Stadium as he has netted 67 times in 116 league games during his three years in Kent.

This season in numbers:

Appearances – 28

Goals – 13

Yellow Cards – 2

Red Cards – 0

Minutes Played – 2,238

Played for both

After leaving Macclesfield Town in 2019, Jamie Grimes made the move back to Kent, this time to play for Ebbsfleet United. During his one season at the Kuflink Stadium, the defender made 33 appearances. Unfortunately for Grimes and Ebbsfleet, the season ended in relegation to the National League South.

In 2021, he joined Chesterfield after a season with Hereford United which saw the club reach the FA Trophy final before losing to Hornchurch. Grimes soon became a fan favourite at the SMH Group Stadium and was named captain. In nearly three years in North Derbyshire, the 33-year-old has made over 125 appearances and scored seven times.

View from the dugout

Danny Webb said: “Ebbsfleet have strengths all over the pitch. They’re a strong side and will cause any team they come up against problems.

“They have some real threats and a great striker; we’ll have to keep him quiet.”