The season is only 4 games old, just under 3 weeks have gone by and already those of us following Concord Rangers have experienced both ends of the emotional spectrum as supporters!
Our start couldn’t have been better results-wise, resoundingly beating Weston Super Mare by a score of 4 goals to 1 here at the Aspect Arena to finish the day top of the National League South (although as we all know, top on day 1 isn’t what matters, it’s where we are come the end of the season).
At the end of the day though, results weren’t the only thing on our minds, as Sam Collins suffered a double leg break not even ten minutes into the game. Sam has been a big part of the clubs recent success and will be missed this season for sure. On behalf of the club I would like to wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.
Results were back in focus though two days later as the lads travelled to Wealdstone, a team we have a bit of history with, and one whos fans tend not to like us very much! Never an easy opponent, this encounter was similar to many previous at the Vale with both sides attacking and creating chances. The Beach Boys were deservedly victorious though, and walked away with a 2-1 victory on that Monday night, leaving more than a few miserable ‘Stones fans to dwell on another loss to Concord Rangers!
The opposite end of the results scale then came our way in the two following matches, the first being a 2-1 loss at Truro City. After taking the lead early on, Truro managed to turn things around and come away with the win. There were some questionable decisions from the seemingly local official, and the play from the home side was more than a little direct, which led to some frustration from our lads. We also lost Stokesy to a late red card, which means that he’ll miss 3 games, starting with the away trip to Bishop’s Stortford next weekend.
Finally we hosted Dartford this past Tuesday night, and although we took a deserved 2-0 lead, the visitors turned things around in the final 30 minutes and managed to walk away with a 3-2 victory which as a supporter was more than a little tough to take, and I know the players felt just as bad if not 100 times worse. We also lost another player to injury as defender Tom Stephen was stretchered off after suffering a severe gash to his leg.
So as you can see within the space of a little over 2 weeks we saw great victories and very tough losses, along with some nasty injuries. Hopefully we’ll not see any more injuries, but as every football fan knows, we will see plenty more of those great victories and tough losses before the season is done. I’ll be here though, cheering the boys on, as I’m sure you will be too, here’s hoping the lads get back to winning form today and get a run going.
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