Ebbsfleet United boss Daryl McMahon is looking forward to crossing swords with compatriot and good friend Dean Brennan this weekend as resurgent Hemel Hempstead Town visit Stonebridge Road.
The Fleet boss, who saw his side pegged back by a late goal as Saturday and on Tuesday watched Hemel scored their own last-minute equaliser while also hearing about Maidstone’s late winner, told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster “It’s one of them seasons! There seems to be late goals everywhere. We’ve won, drawn and lost games in the last minute.”
“The spirit’s brilliant in the camp, they’re a happy bunch. We’ve been through a difficult period, had a lot of travelling and we’ve come through it unbeaten. Organisation’s always important and mentality in terms of keeping calm.
We’re ahead of where Bromley and Boreham Wood were [at this point] last year. We’re in good form, we’ve had a good season and we want to see it off now. There’s no doubts in my mind, they’ve taken the pressure of being favourites and being top and I’ve got no doubt they’ll see the job through now.”
McMahon admitted his changed shape in the second-half at Bath worked much better than his three-at-the-back that kicked the game off and that may mean recalls for John Paul Kissock and, against his old club, Jordan Parkes in midfield as those two impressed the manager after coming on. Sean Shields remains in the squad, with McMahon confident he can make an impact, either from the bench or in the starting XI.