By Joseph Bond
After a convincing first league win for the Beachboys with a 4-1 away win against Dulwich Hamlet, Concord welcome Welling United at home. The Beachboys recently losing 5-4 on penalties against Stevenage FC after the game ended 2-2 in the FA Cup.
Going into this game, Welling United sit second from bottom and are still looking to get their first league win with only a single point to their name, losing 4-0 to Chelmsford City in their last game. After a couple of disappointing results, the Wings look to improve in this fixture against Concord.
Concord’s last league game was an exciting 4-1 win over 19th place Dulwich Hamlet, played at Champion Hill. First blood was taken by the home team in the 11th minute. A crossing chance for Dulwich was put into the box, the ball deflected off of the Concord defender and then ball looped towards the back post where Reise Allasani was perfectly positioned to poke the ball past Chris Haigh.
Six minutes after the home team netted the first of the evening, Concord found a route back into the game after some strong play on the wing from Temi Babalola. The ball was then crossed low and in the centre of the goal was Jason Raad, who had been left unmarked, gave him a chance to place the ball in the corner past Pardington.
In the 30th minute mark, a freekick was rewarded, up stepped Alex Wall who drilled the ball low towards the Dulwich net and found the bottom corner. An absolute rocket from the number 9.
Into the second half, Babalola once again being a menace for the opposition. Showing skill and determination, he produced another low cross that was dealt poorly by the defender. Wall tapped the ball back towards Babalola and his deflected shot was unsavable for Pardington making It 3-1 in the 59th minute.
15 minutes from game then saw another chance for Concord to get a ball into the box after a freekick was won once again, the freekick was guided into the box onto the head of the substitute, Charlee Hughes. This saw the Beachboys get there first 3 points of the season and was a great result all round.
Welling United, who have played the same amount as games as Concord this season, have not had the best of starts to this League’s campaign. Most recently losing 4-0 away to Chelmsford City in a dominant performance. First goal scored from Alex Teniola from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time after midfielder Roberts got kicked over in the box by the Welling defender.
Shortly after the interval, Chelmsford continued to be dominant and at the 52nd minute, the Chelmsford skipper Antony Church taps the ball home after a great save from Welling’s keeper Cook.
Chelmsford made sure the game was dead and buried after a great cross from Callum Harrison was produced leaving the skipper Antony Church to easily slot the ball into the Welling net making it 3-0.
To rub more salt into the wound Adam Liddle nips in and steals the ball from Cook who was dwelling with the ball and scores to make it 4-0.
A happy day at the office for the Clarets and a day to forget for our next opponents The Wings
Last Seasons Meetings
Concord Rangers 3-0 Welling United – 31/08/19
Last time these two teams met was over a year ago in a 3-0 home win for Concord Rangers. A good game of football for the Beachboys with Lamar Reynolds scoring the first goal in the 23rd minute then followed by a Joel Nouble goal in the 65th minute and then finished off by Kreshnic Krasniqi in the 73rd.
Ones to Watch
Concord Rangers – Temi Babalola
Once again, the one to watch has to be Temi Babalola. The skill and strength he has to get past players on the wing can’t be unseen. He always finds a way to get the ball into the box and he is one of the main creators in the team, he’ll cause some distress for the struggling Welling and will hopefully show his class throughout this game.
Welling United – Dipo Akinyemi
At the age of 23, Akinyemi has been promising so far. Scoring two goals this season, both against Slough, he has a great first touch and is good at getting in position. This already shows that he could be a threat to the Concord defence and is definitely one to look out for.
How to Watch
This Tuesday’s fixture kicks off at 7:45pm UK time at the Thames Road stadium.
This game is unfortunately being played behind closed doors
However, Concord Rangers will be live streaming, click the link situated below.