Vanarama National League South
Concord Rangers 0
Braintree Town 1
The Beachboys fell to their sixth defeat in succession this past Tuesday night as they hosted Braintree Town.
Concord Rangers had one enforced change to the side that lost against Bath City the Saturday before, with Louis Dunne replacing the injured Jordan Brown.
The hosts started brightly, with the first 7 or 8 minutes seeing Concord chase every ball down, fight for every tackle and put pressure on the travelling Iron at every moment.
That didn’t last long though, as on 11 minutes an Amos Nasha clearance took a wicked deflection and fell right into the path of a waiting Braintree midfielder. He then passed through to Phil Roberts, who was free and clear, easily slotted the ball home past the advancing Louis Wells in the Concord goal.
This knocked the hosts off the boil, as the visitors grew into the game and were riding high on the confidence that the goal brought.
Former Beachboys Tyler Campbell and Roman Michael-Percil, along with the rest of the Braintree attack were running the Concord defenders ragged, their pace creating a number of chances as the first half progressed. It would have been a much wider gap in the scoreline if the visitors had have been more clinical in front of goal.
The second half saw both sides come out and play very different games. Concord Rangers were trying their best to get back in to the game, but The Iron were generally sitting back, absorbing the Beachboys attacks and hitting them on the break with their superior pace.
The hosts finally started to make inroads and looked like levelling things up in the last 15 minutes when Khale Da Costa was brought on. His pace, accompanied with the seemingly endless determination of Lewis Taaffe who’d not stopped running all game, allowed the Beachboys to create a couple of chances.
It wasn’t to be though, with efforts from Cawley, King and Da Costa all failing to seriously trouble the Braintree ‘keeper. The final whistle went as the rain was hammering down, and although Concord Rangers fell to their 6th league loss in a row, they could take some solace in the fact they went down fighting at the end of the day.
Match Report by Alan Jessup-Peacock