Daryl McMahon’s been sitting on a coach for much of April plotting Ebsfleet’s next move in an increasingly extraordinary campaign and, dwelling on his side’s defeat at home to Sutton en route to the north-east, he was determined his squad put in a better showing in their penultimate game of the regular season (5-2 win at Gateshead).

“It’s been a long two days,” the Fleet boss told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “We trained at the [Kuflink] Stadium before we left, got up here about 6 o’clock [Monday night] so the boys had a nice day, just relaxing and we had plenty of preparation. We prepared right and I thought the performance showed that: good energy and good quality.

“I said after Saturday that the biggest disappointment for me was the actual performance, not so much the result. And we just said tonight to make sure whatever the score is that we go and put on the [sort of] performance that we’ve done with me in charge for the last three years: passing the football properly, getting on the ball… and I thought the players were outstanding tonight. It was a very good performance.

“We felt we’d score goals tonight. We’ve totally controlled it in the middle of the park with Powell, Jukesy and Rance and you’ve got Coulson, Kedwell and Whitely with good pace and good power and then Weston came on as well. We used the ball well tonight and probably could have scored a few more.”

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