The Beachboys welcomed bottom of the table Whitehawk to the Aspect Arena on a mild August afternoon, looking to maintain their unbeaten home record.
It was the Beachboys who came blazing out of the traps and it was Jordan Cox who was returning to the team from injury, who had the game’s first chance. His low stabbed shot from ten yards was well saved by Tokarczyk in the Whitehawk goal. In fact Tokarczyk was kept busy in the opening twenty minutes as he made saves again from Cox, and excellently from Taaffe.
The visitors as their league placing showed were not high on confidence, and they somehow survived the opening twenty minutes without scoring, and started slowly gaining confidence. Indeed they could have taken the lead after twenty-four minutes, when their best player on the day, Jordy Mongoy was left unmarked in the box from a corner, but he headed wide when well placed.
At times, Concord were their own worst enemy in defence, at times letting the ball bounce, or player’s going for the same ball. It was sometimes a little kamikaze, and against stronger opposition that kind of slack play will be punished.
Concord’s front three struggled to link up all game, but on forty-three minutes they clicked. Taaffe broke free down the left, found Cawley in the box, who unselfishly played in Jordan Cox, who had the simple task of side footing the ball home. Concord led just before the break, and that’s how the first half finished.
Concord 1 (Cox 43)
Concord got the second half underway, and looked for that second goal to get a stranglehold on the game, it was that man Cox again who had the early chance. He rose the highest from a Taaffe free kick and Jordan out jumped the defence, but could not divert his header on target.
Whitehawk on the hour mark had five corners in succession, but they never really threatened from any set play all afternoon. They was plenty of huff, but not much puff.
Concord’s attacking play in the second half was very sporadic, it was one of those day’s just when nothing they tried came off. Steve Cawley woke the fans up from their slumber as he headed wide from twelve yards on sixty-four minutes.
One of the only highlights from the second half was the return from long-term injury of Tom Stephen, and in fact the left-back could have scored from his first touch. Cox’s low shot was turned away by Tokarczyk on seventy-six minutes, but Stephen just could not quite stretch out his foot far enough to turn the ball home.
We had six minutes added time, and not much happened during it. Not much happened during the game, but Concord will take the three points, which sees them move to 11th in the league.
Concord 1 (Cox 43)
Team – Wells, Girdlestone, Brown, Roast (Knight 70), Topley (Stephen 76), Peter, Taaffe, Nasha, Cox, Cawley (c), Farrell
Subs Not Used – King, Lee, Marsh