(Barnet, FA Trophy, 13th December 2014)

Last Saturday we hosted Farnborough in the Vanarama Conference South, a fixture that on paper looked tough as the visitors had gone 6 games unbeaten and had been playing well for a number of weeks. Last season when the Paddy Power-backed Farnborough visited Concord, the Beachboys gave them a 5-0 pounding and sent them on their way. This season it should have been a much closer game.

Or not. Although the visitors were quick to moan about the quality of the Thames Road pitch, the officials deemed the surface perfectly playable, and Concord Rangers made sure that the only thing that was unplayable, was themselves. A total of 7 goals were scored on the day, and every single one was in favour of the home side. Farnborough were well and turly beaten on the day, never getting close to challenging Concords dominance. The 7-0 result was the Beachboys biggest league win in the Conference South, the second being the 5-0 victory over the same team last season!

The league is one thing though, today is all about the FA Trophy, and the visit of a few familiar faces in Barnet FC. A few things have changed since we last met in 2013s FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, but one thing is for sure, it should be one hell of a match today.

For those that have hazy memories of that October afternoon, Concord Rangers visited The Hive laden with travelling fans looking to make history and reach the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time. Although the lads put in a determined performance, the Conference Prem side were too good on the day and the Beachboys returned home after losing 3-1.

Of course, this is another season, with different players on both sides, and a new management team for Barnet. But the determination from Concord Rangers will be just as focussed, if not more, this time around. Barnet stopped us reaching a level last season, this year the lads have now made that step forward, and will do whatever they can to ensure that Barnet are not the ones stopping us from making another historical step forward, this time into the FA Trophy 2nd Round.

Good luck to the lads out there today, its another big game & I?m sure they will do the club proud over the 90 minutes this afternoon!

You Are My Concord

Alan Jessup-Peacock