This Saturday sees us travel up to Cressing Road to take on Braintree Town in another crucial Vanarama National League South fixture.

The first fixture at Thames Road saw our hosts this Saturday, in 6th place at the time whilst we were at the opposite end of the table in 21st, earn a 1-0 win via a Phil Roberts 11th minute strike so we will be hoping to make amends from that game back in September 2017.

We come into this game following a 2-0 defeat at Truro City on Tuesday night and lie in 18th place, whilst our hosts are coming off a 1-0 victory at Hungerford Town last Saturday which helped push them into 9th spot.

Admission prices for this Saturdays game is as follows: £14 Adults, £10 Concessions & £5 Under 18’s.

To celebrate the launch of their new brewery, Braintree Town this weekend will be charging just £2 a pint on all cask ales between 12.30 and 3pm, whilst they will also be showing the Vanarama National League tie between Macclesfield Town vs Leyton Orient from 12.30 on BT Sport.

The full address for any Satnav users is as follows: The Ironmongery Direct Stadium, off Clockhouse Way, Braintree, Essex CM7 3DE.

The journey by car should only take 45 minutes from Concord Island and it involves using the A12 (which was used for our journey up to Chelmsford City on Easter Monday so it should still be reasonably fresh in the memory of the supporters who travelled by car).

If your planning on reaching Cressing Road by train, it’s advised to go into Liverpool Street via C2C (or face replacement bus services from Rayleigh) and then catch a train up to Braintree via the Greater Anglia service from there. It’s worth noting that getting off at Braintree Freeport is actually closer to the ground, but please bear in mind that the walk to the ground from either station will be about 10-15 minutes. TFL Rail/ Crossrail/ Elizabeth Line is available to use up to Shenfield but that will take 43 minutes.

A win for the Beachboys would mean we would consolidate our place in 18th with 43 points and be potentially just a point off Oxford City (if they lose at Weston-Super-Mare). It could also provide a gap for us over Hungerford Town who are joint on points with us but currently below us in the table on goal difference (we play Hungerford in just over 10 days). 20th placed Poole Town welcome Wealdstone and if they lose that and we win at Braintree, we will need 2 more points to secure safety for another season.

We wish a safe journey to everyone who travels up to Cressing Road to cheer on the lads this Saturday!

You Are My Concord!

(preview written by Andy Wilkins)