This Saturday the Beachboys host National league side, Dover Athletic in the Emirates FA cup 4th qualifying round.
The winner of the match will progress into the first round of the cup where football league clubs join the mix including giants such as Sunderland, Bradford and Portsmouth all of which are likely to be on the top wish list for others.
Dover Athletic have had a somewhat poor start to the start of their national league campaign, the Kent side currently sit deep in relegation at a dismal 23rd place just 1 point above bottom side, Braintree Town. The ‘Whites’ have however had some optimism to live by in the last 9 days following the appointment of Former Watford player and ex Gillingham and Leyton Orient manger, Andrew Hessenthaler as first team manager.
The first 9 days have been positive aswell for Dover, the club recently announced they’ll be turning full time and signed both Joshua Debayo from Cheltenham Town on loan and Stuart Smith from fellow national league side, Maidstone United. Andy Hessenthaler took charge of his first game on Saturday and came out with a point away from title chasing, Harrogate Town!
Elsewhere back home in Canvey Island, manager Sammy Moore is confident the Beachboys can cause an upset over the visitors after speaking to BBC Essex. Both manager, Sammy Moore and Assistant Player- Manager, Jack Midson oversaw Leatherhead’s impressive cup run last season beating the likes of Margate and Billericay on the way only to fall short to league 2 side, Wycombe Wanderers on the big screen.
Midson & Moore have fruitful memories of their FA Cup matches as players, Sammy took part in AFC Wimbledon’s narrow defeat at home to Liverpool in the FA Cup live on television while Midson also was named the top scorer in the FA Cup last season with Bostik Premier side, Leatherhead.
Going into Saturday’s match we caught up with both Sammy Knott and Danny Scopes to see what they have to say ahead of the game.
Firstly, Danny how important is Saturday’s game for the club?
“The league is our bread and butter and the main focus, but we can’t help but get excited for the FA Cup and a chance to get into the 1st round”
“The players and management need to give it our best efforts , it would be a reward for the fans and the people that work so hard behind the scenes – we need to try to progress , as they deserve it the most”
And Sammy, growing up knowing Concord, what does Saturdays game mean for both yourself and Billy?
“It’s massive for everyone at club, the chance to get into the FA cup 1st round with the club I’ve grown up playing for since the age of 6 would be incredible. For me personally I’ve never played in the “real fa cup” so it’d be unbelievable to achieve that”
Sammy, what’s the atmosphere like with the lads like ahead of Saturday?
“I think firstly the lads just want to get out there and give everything we have to put the performance right after Saturday. If we take what we’ve done in training this week and put it into the game I’m sure we are all silently confident come saturday 5pm we will be in good place”
Thanks for answering the questions Sammy & Danny.
Don’t forget you have until this evening (8pm) to order your tickets online, if you’re still interested in buying then follow this link – https://concordrangersfc.ktckts.com/event/cr1819facq4/concord-rangers-v-dover-athletic
For away fans making the journey tomorrow afternoon, we have one main car park but we expect this to fill up rather quickly. You will see parking spots around Canvey Island which will be in walking distance of the club, please be respectful of our community when it comes to parking and littering.
Programmes will be available on the gate, another excellent read all put together by Alan Peacock, purchase yours for just £2.
We are expecting a good crowd so come down early to avoid any ques on the turnstiles.
Once again we’ll have LIVE twitter coverage of the game, our match report/ highlights and interviews will be posted over the following days.
Should the game finish all square after 90 minutes it’s likely that the replay will be held on Tuesday night away to Dover Athletic, we’ll post online if this is the outcome.
Lastly don’t forget to tweet us your pictures when you’re watching the game, let’s spread the word and #PackTheAspect