This coming Saturday Concord Rangers will look to continue their recent climb up the league as we travel to familiar rivals Chelmsford City.
The last game between the two sides was in the Essex Senior Cup back in November, with Chelmsford City coming away from Thames Road as 2-1 winners. In the previous league encounter though, the match ended in a 2-2 draw on October 29th.
City currently sit in 6th place, just outside the playoff spots by a single point. They’ve been challenging up there all season long and will look to keep that going this weekend. The Clarets have won 4 of their last 6, losing just 1, and most recently were able to beat Dartford 1-0 away from home last weekend.
The Beachboys had the longest away trip of the season last weekend as they visited Truro City, but the journey didn’t affect the lads as they come from behind to win 2-1 on the day, thanks to goals from Lyle Della-Verde and Steve Cawley. This win was Concords third in four games, and the 3 points helped move the side to 16th spot in the league, 8 points clear of Whitehawk in 20th. A positive result against our old rivals this Saturday could go a long way to determining our safety in this league for another season.
It’s a fairly easy journey to Chelmsford, as you leave the island and head over Sadlers Farm roundabout towards the A130. Once on the A130 towards Chelmsford, continue through until you reach the roundabout and the junction for the A12. Head straight across and join Southend Road. Continue on the road until you reach the next roundabout and take the third exit on to Parkway, the A1060. After 2 miles Parkway turns left and becomes Broomfield Road/A1016. Then the turns come thick and fast…Turn left onto Corporation Rd, then left onto Kings Rd, right onto North Avenue, go through 2 roundabouts then at the third take the 2nd exit onto Melbourne Avenue.
After that turn right onto St Nazaire Rd, continue onto Oliver Way, turn left onto Tugby Place, and the ground will eventually be on the right. The car park fills up quickly though, so make sure you get there early.
Admission prices to Melbourne Park are as follows: Adults are £13, concessions & students are £9, Young adults (12-17) are £5, and children of 11 and under are free.