Firstly let me start off this week’s column by saying it’s a huge honour for me to captain Concord Ranger’s for the 2017/2018.  As you all know I’ve been at Concord for a number of years now, and it feels like a natural transition for me to now captain the side at this stage of my career.  There are also a number of extra responsibilities which go with captaining the lads on match days.  We also have a fining system for anyone who breaks one of the in-house club rules.  I have no problem with this, as I enjoy giving out fines! haha

Looking back over the first couple of games of the season, away to Wealdstone we gave away too many chances as a team, and to be honest they could have been two or three up in that first half, but saying that we did create a number of good chances ourselves in that game, so that was one positive to take from the opening day defeat.  Our home game against Hemel Hempstead, we gave the correct reaction to the defeat on Saturday and responded well as a team, and dug in when things got tough in the 2nd half. It was also good for me to get off the mark for the season with a goal, and whilst many didn’t think that Taaffey would win that flick on, I knew he would. Lewis is an absolute salmon. He is the best header of the ball in the team! Seriously, Lewis gave everything on the night, and I could tell he had positioned himself correctly to win the header, and I timed my run for the flick-on.  That gave us a deserved lead, and then the team defended magnificently in the closing stages to protect the lead.

We’ve loads of new lad’s joining the club over the summer, none have arrived with big ego’s and they’ve all settled into the team well, and we have maintained that close knit atmosphere which we feel is unique to our club.  Everyone get’s on with everyone, and another part of my captain responsibilities is to organise night’s out as a team.  These kind of events are great to build on the excellent team atmosphere which is around the club.

Looking ahead to Saturday, Truro are always tough to play against.  They will not want to travel all that way and come away with nothing, but we will also want to send them on a long journey home with nothing to show for it. Truro are always a solid team and we will have to work hard to break them down, but if we attack and defend as a team we should have enough to beat them.  With plenty of games in the first month of the season it’s very important to build up momentum in these early weeks of the season.

I hope to see you all there on Saturday.