A wonderful goal by Lewis Simper secured Concord Rangers their first win of 2021 as they defeat Billericay Town in the Essex derby, writes Euan Rourke.
Obtaining their first clean sheet in over a year, Concord battled for a deserved three vital points.
Jayden Randell made his debut for the Beach Boys, replacing Tosan Popo at right-back, with Lewis Simper coming back into the team to start in the centre attacking role.
The first half was very even with no real chances to test Adam Przybek or his counterpart, Dion-Curtis Henry. The best chance of the half came for Alex Wall. The striker drilled his free kick, from a tight angle, straight down the goalkeeper’s throat.
However, the second half was lively. Jack Bridge had the first opportunity in the opening minutes, beating his man before running inside the area to attempt a cross. Though, the ball took a deflection and went just past the post.
Minutes later, Randell almost put the ball into his own net. Tricky play down the right side by Soares Jnr is followed by a hard driven cross, Randell gets a foot onto it but Przybek gets down low to stop it on the goal line.
On the 66th minute mark, Alex Wall’s quick thinking sets the ball up perfectly for Lewis Simper, positioned outside the box, who chips the ball over a retreating Henry. Simper’s exquisite finish means the Cambridge United midfielder has now scored two in two games.
Jake Robinson had the best chance for Town in the latter stages from just inside the 6-yard box, but he mishits his effort, dragging it past the near post. A real let off for Concord.
As the game approached the final whistle, Luke Wanadio saw red for diving in on substitute Temi Babalola, sealing Billericay’s fate. The attacker came in with a high boot, injuring Babalola.