CONCORD cruised into the first round proper of the FA Carlsberg Trophy with this comprehensive win over Conference South leaders Boreham Wood, writes Jack Smith.
The Beachboys saw their options limited with the departures of Jordan Chiedozie and Cheye Alexander this week to Cambridge United and Bishop’s Stortford respectively.
But they started sharply and took the lead as captain Tony Stokes powered a close range left footed effort into the roof of the net in front of a crowd of 202.
That advantage was doubled when Stokes’ strike partner Lewis Taaffe ended a wonderful counter attack as Joe Gardner centred for a back post tap in.
James White was next to heap more misery on the Wood as he made short work from six-yards out, slamming the ball home.
Concord continued to press high up the pitch and scored a fourth on the stroke of half time when Gardner got his reward for a gambled run, finding space to place a low shot into the left hand corner beyond the despairing dive of James Russell.
There was no let up from the hosts in the second period, and they came close on a number of occasions, most notably a Stokes low strike which drew a top reaction save from Russell.
The visitors were shut out by solid back four performance including the magnificent Jack Lampe, who deservedly takes the man-of-the-match plaudits.
STAR MAN: Jack Lampe (Concord Rangers).
Concord: Vickers, Walker, Glozier, Woodyard, King, Lampe, Gardner, White (Miles 76), Taaffe (Cawley 65), Collins (Ogilvie 76), Stokes (c). Subs: Fry, Cowley, Miles, Cawley, Ogilvie.