CONCORD captain Steve King admits he was a relieved man when he buried their last-minute winner on Saturday – and not just because it secured three valuable points.
The experienced central defender has routinely chipped in with about ten goals a season throughout his career, but his strike on the weekend to seal a 2-1 victory at Weston was his first of this campaign.
King said: “I heard it was given to Jay Dowie on Twitter at first but he actually did well to hook it back for me and it was definitely mine – and I need it!
“I didn’t want to publicise it but it was my first goal of the season. The one I got against Chelmsford got a big deflection and it wasn’t given to me so I needed one at least.
“And now I’ve got off the mark hopefully I can go on a late run and get a few more!”
But while King may not have been boosting his goal tally he has certainly been taking care of his primary role – stopping opposing strikers.
Since the centre-half returned to the heart of the Beachboys’ defence 13 games ago they are unbeaten and their stingy backline has been vital to that success.
King admits it was difficult to warm the bench as Jack Lampe and Matty Fry formed an impressive partnership in central defence earlier this season, especially when he missed out on the huge FA Cup first-round proper tie with Mansfield.
But he says it was another learning curve and one which renewed his focus.
He said: “I understand it is a team game and I will always try to play my part whether I am in the team or not. But I was disappointed to miss out.
“But I have used that experience to my benefit and I am channeling it into my performances now.”
Saturday’s Vanarama South win over the Gulls left Rangers four points off the top five with at least a game in hand on all their play-off chasing rivals.
On Tuesday night they will look to continue their fine form when they host a Havant side who are fourth in the division and picked up an impressive three points at home to Ebbsfleet on Saturday.
The result was notable because the Hawks played the final 35 minutes of their 2-0 win with ten men following Brian Stock’s dismissal for violent conduct.
King said: “We have a good record against them but they are a good side and probably targeting automatic promotion now.
“But we’ve got seven games left and we are 13 unbeaten. There is no pressure on us to get promoted like there is for the likes of Havant and Ebbsfleet – and that makes us a dangerous proposition for anyone.”