By Joseph Bond & Daniel Hofert
After a disappointing and chaotic week which saw Concord lose 6-0 to Maidstone United before beating Dulwich 4-1 on Tuesday night, the Beachboys travel to Hertfordshire to play League Two Stevenage, after proceeding to the First Round of the FA Cup after beating league rivals Chippenham Town 2-1 in the last round of the Qualifiers. Temi Babalola scored the first and Danny Green coming on as a sub to score the winner.
The Beachboys edged through the Fourth Qualifier beating Chippenham Town in a thrilling encounter. The scoring was opened by a brilliant counter attacking team goal from Concord that was finished off with Temi Babalola tapping it home in the 40th minute to give Concord first blood in the tie. Midway through the second half, a brilliant finish by Ross Stearn leveled it for the Bluebirds in the 64th minute. Then when the game looked destined for extra time and the possibilities of a penalty shootout loomed, a fantastic strike from Danny Green on the 98th minute won the game for Concord dramatically.
Going into this game, Stevenage sit near the bottom of the League Two table at 21st, only winning one game in their opening 11. They grabbed their win against Morecambe FC last month and but recently lost 3-1 to Colchester United FC away.
Colchester started off the better team and it proved to be decisive as they stormed ahead in the 11th minute with Jevani Brown opening the scoring, volleying home a perfectly executed cross, which was poorly defended, into the bottom corner. Soon after scoring the opener, Colchester switched off and the defender clumsily gave away a penalty. Up stepped Marcus Dinanga who missed the initial penalty but fortunately for him he fired the rebound home in the 15th minute. Colchester switched back on in the 57th minute after Jevani Brown converted his second. A picture perfect through ball fell to the feet off the unstoppable Jevani Brown who emphatically executed his chance into the bottom left corner. Then in the 81st minute Jevani brown was once again the scorer in this fixture with an impressive perfect hattrick, a brilliant looping header gave the goalkeeper no chance, ending the game 3-1 and continuing Stevenages’ despair.
Ones To Watch?
Concord Rangers – Temi Babalola
Scoring in his last couple of appearances, most notably in the last FA cup game against Chippenham, he looks to add another to his tally when the teams meet on Saturday. Only 19 years of age and he is too much to handle for the opposition not only because of his pace but his physicality and presence on the pitch speaks for itself.
Stevenage FC – Marcus Dinanga
At a period where Stevenage have struggled ex Telford striker Dinanga has delivered and has put in a lot of hard work in for his team despite being out of position on the wing, if Stevenage do turn this form around he’ll play a big part in scoring some important goals.
How to Watch?
This Saturday’s fixture kicks off at 3pm UK time at the Lamax stadium.
The game is unfortunately being played behind closed doors.
If you head to www.Stevenage.com Stevenage are streaming the game for a fee of £10 as they have a subscription service.