Vanarama National League South
Concord Rangers 1
St Albans City 1
Match rating: 3/5
Star man: Jason Raad (Concord Rangers)
Concord Rangers: Haigh 6, Popo 6, Hanfrey 7, Blackman 6, Pollock 6, Sterling 6, Raad 8 (Babalola 80), Roast 7, Wall 7 (Green 90), Blanchfield 6 (Martin 82), Reynolds 6
Subs not used: Remfry, Scott
St Alban’s City: Johnson 7, Bender 6, Wiltshire 6, Kaloczi 5, Nwabuoke 6, Jeffers 6, Banton 6 (Warner-Eley 72), Diedhiou 7, Weiss 6 (Noble 72), Sundire 7, Mukena 7
Subs not used: Stanley, Clark, Chidyausiku
Referee: Philip Staynings
Concord are competing in their first league fixture since March playing host to St Albans. The home side settled into the game well with the early chance falling for Alex Wall, striking a low hard shot to sting the palm of goalkeeper Michael Johnson’s hand.
Shaun Jeffers found space to shoot straight at Chris Haigh, before the deadlock was broken just shy of the half. James Kaloczi decided to shove Wall just inside the box resulting in a penalty. Wall himself took responsibility by belting the ball inside the corner for the lead.
St Albans came out a little sharper in the second half and put the pressure on, Munashe Sundire miscuing his opportunity to equalise.
A big miss by the big man as Wall blazed the ball over the bar from point blank range before James Kaloczi was given his marching orders for bringing down the Concord frontman in a foot race for a loose ball in which he lost.
Ten men on this occasion was not a disadvantage for the visitors as they rallied late on. Sundire made a mess of another chance but their efforts were soon to be rewarded with a deserved equaliser. Dave Diedhiou rose to head the ball hard into the top corner to level terms. Both sides had chances to nick a winner, the Beachboys created for Odei Martin who’s great run and shot was brilliantly saved by Johnson in the City goal and a great chance at the death saw a grey shirt nip in to strike a close range volley straight at Haigh.
A draw a fair score by the Thames side shore.
Photo credit: Paul Raffety