Concord Rangers continued their pre-season fixtures with a fine win over League 2 Cambridge United last night at the Aspect Arena, with goals from Tony Stokes and Steve Cawley.

The lads performed well, and Assistant manager Jody Brown was happy with the performance “there was a greater intensity in our game, and as pre-season progresses that is something which will steadily improve.  That performance was a million miles away from our first game at Brightlingsea.”

Grays are next to visit us on Wednesday night, and Jody is expecting a tougher game than last night “It will be a stern test, Grays will be bringing a senior side, as Cambridge’s was largely an U21 team.  Grays will have high hopes for this season, and Wednesday’s game will be a good test on how our pre-season is shaping up. We are quite happy with how we are progressing, with the next two games and 4/5 sessions before the season starts, we are heading in the right direction.”

What was a pleasing aspect of last night’s performance was the passing of the ball out of defence, and Jody confirmed that’s something the team have been working on “We want the players to express themselves when in possession of the ball, and that’s something we’ve been working on in training, hopefully the fans will see more of that this season.  We don’t want to lose the organisation the side had under the previous manager, but we want players to have options when they receive possession of the ball.”

Be sure to come along to the Aspect Arena for our next game against Grays, which is on Wednesday 29th July at 745pm.


by Chris Clark.