A last-minute equaliser from James Blanchfield rescued Concord Rangers a point as they drew with Eastbourne Borough in the South coast.

 

In their first game since the second week of January, Concord made a total of six changes to their starting line-up and picked up a vital point away from home against an inform Borough side.

 

Chris Haigh returned in between the sticks and Archie McFadden, from the under 18’s team, started his first league game for the Beach Boys. New signings, Ollie Kensdale and Norman Wabo also made their debuts after signing during the week. Fellow new signing, Sammie McLeod, started on the bench.

 

The opening half saw only a few chances down either-end with nothing for the two goalkeepers to be tested properly. Wabo linked up well with Ryan Charles as they tried to work their way around Borough’s defence to create opportunities.

 

The second half started the same as the first, but both teams looked more threatening going forward. Concord defended well and was resilient, preventing the hosts going ahead.

 

In the 66th minute, the best chance of the game fell to Charlie Walker. The striker headed the ball against the crossbar from six yards out which was followed by a sigh of relief from the visitors.

 

With less that 10 minutes to play, Eastbourne broke the deadlock. Joel Rollinson found Greg Luer brilliantly inside the box where the attacker was able to pass it around Haigh.

 

However, a minute into stoppage time, a scramble inside the penalty box saw Blanchfield smash the ball past Franco Ravizzoli and obtain a point to move Concord up a place in the National League South.