Andy Drury has said how impressed he was with Ebbsfleet United’s setup since his last appearance on home soil and is confident the Fleet can reel in Maidenhead United at the top of the league table.
“What I’ve seen this week is a better setup than I’ve had in League One, even a little bit in the Championship as well when I was at Ipswich,” Drury told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “The support staff, the training ground’s very good and what’s happening with the stand and the ground, it’s all geared up to be a League side. I’m not sure if people actually realise what’s going on, especially training-wise, but the training’s very very good. Macca puts on some really good sessions that I was surprised about so we’ve got a good manager here and hopefully he can get us into the Football League.”
Drury also explained his reasons for leaving previous club Eastleigh and says he’s delighted to be back home playing in Kent. “I was having a really good season at Eastleigh and it is a really good club. But things playing-wise, the team wasn’t really going in the right direction. I was travelling six hours a day, I had family reasons why I wanted to move down here. I had a meeting with [new Eastleigh manager] Martin Allen as well and didn’t really get on great with him in it to be quite honest. I’d always wanted to come back and play for a club in Kent and I hadn’t done it since I left here so it’s really nice to be back.”
And the Fleet midfielder seems to have settled in well despite it being a decade since he last stepped out at the club. “Obviously the club’s changed a little bit but not too much, still the same old faces,” Drury said. “It’s nice to be back out on the pitch at Stonebridge Road and with the new stand going on as well. I’ve got an ambition to get another Kent club up there to rival Gillingham so hopefully we can be the ones to do it.”
Drury was disappointed to take only a draw from Saturday’s Trophy tie but enjoyed playing alongside Jack Powell in midfield and contributing towards the equaliser from his late free kick. “It was disappointing to draw as I thought we deserved the win but all in all it’s good to be back. If the gaffer says I’m on set pieces, then I’ll take them, if he says Powelly’s on set pieces, I’ll let him crack on with it. It’s not something I base my game around these days.”
And, following the Woking replay, with league action up next at Stonebridge Road on Saturday, Drury is confident his new side can start gathering points to challenge for promotion. “I see the talent in the dressing room. I’m pretty confident we’ll catch Maidenhead,” Drury stated in no uncertain terms. “There’s quality on the bench, there’s quality in the stands. Sam Deering wasn’t even in the 16 today. The season’s so long. Maidenhead might be top by 10 points but that’s nothing at this stage. With the squad we’ve got there’s no reason we can’t win 12 or 14 games on the spin.”