Match preview – Concord Rangers (A)

Having started the new Vanarama National League South season in perfect fashion with a hard fought 1-0 victory against Hampton & Richmond Borough on Tuesday night, the Saints hit the road for the first time this season as they head to Essex to take on Concord Rangers.

Tuesday’s win saw Ian Allinson’s side edge out an experienced and physical Beavers side thanks to Solomon Nwabuokei’s 75th minute strike, the midfielder’s first goal at Clarence Park in yellow and blue.

Concord Rangers, meanwhile, enjoyed a free evening on Tuesday as their scheduled League opener against Dulwich & Hamlet was postponed. This was a result of Concord’s FA Cup tie against Potters Bar taking place on Sunday.

That FA cup tie proved to be a successful one for the Beach Boys, as they came from a goal behind to win 2-1 against Bar. Two second half efforts from Alex Wall, who returned to Concord this summer after a season away, ensured that the Essex side came out on top, although they did have two men sent off very late on.

Manager Danny Scopes took over at the Aspect Arena during the summer of 2019 and enjoyed an impressive first campaign in charge, leading the club to it’s first ever FA Trophy final.

The former Concord player has had a busy summer with player recruitment, bringing in no less than six new faces, along with the aforementioned return of Alex Wall. The former Hemel man has notched 24 goals in 39 games for Concord during his two spells with the club and will be one of the dangermen to watch tomorrow afternoon.

As a result of the cancellation of the final games of last season, the Saints only faced Concord once during the 2019-20 campaign. Goals from Joe Iaciofano and Darren Foxley proved to be enough to secure three points against the Essex based club at Clarence Park on August bank holiday Monday.

Ian Allinson has no fresh injury concerns going in tomorrow’s clash and will be hoping that his side can put in similar performance to that of Tuesday evening’s.

Kick-off at the Aspect Arena is 3pm.

This game is being played behind closed doors. Concord Rangers will, however, be streaming it live – https://bit.ly/3dc0T3L

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