After an impressive 3-1 win this past weekend against Eastbourne Borough, the next challenge for Concord Rangers will be a 12 hour round trip to Truro City this coming weekend.
Truro City currently sit in 18th place in the Vanarama National League South with 27 points, having travelled to Bath City this past weekend and being on the wrong end of a 4-0 pounding. This was the 5th loss City have had in the last 6 games, and they will be anxious to pick up a vital 3 points against a team also fighting their own relegation fight in Concord Rangers.
In contrast, the Beachboys are coming off their 2nd win in 3 games, with 3 points coming against St Albans City and Eastbourne Borough helping push Concord Rangers slightly further away from the drop zone. They currently sit in 16th spot on 29 points, but the biggest worry for the Beachboys is that every team below them have games in hand, so a victory against Truro this weekend will be huge in the battle for survival.
The journey to Truro City is a long old trek by road or rail. but can be done!
By rail the trains are out of London Paddington, and take around 5 hours (operated by Great Western Railway). Getting there and back on the same day can be done, but you’ll be leaving Concord Island around 05:00 on the Saturday morning and getting back around 01:30 on the following Sunday morning, which amounts to a very long day! Otherwise you’re looking at staying overnight somewhere nearby.
By road the journey is nearly as long, with the journey planner giving us 5hrs 27mins to make the 310 mile trip there. The early part of the journey is fairly simple, get on to the M25 and head over the Dartford Crossing, then continue round the M25 until you reach junction 12 and turn off on to the M3. After 30 miles at junction 8 take the A303 exit, and you continue on the A303 until the road eventually merges on to the A30 (at around the 200 mile mark of the journey). From there take the slip road on to the M5 for around 4 miles before coming off at junction 31 and going on to the A30 once more for around 80 miles. At the roundabout take the A39 Truro exit and stay on that road across the roundabouts, eventually the road becomes the A390 and the Truro City ground will be there on your right.
Admission costs after that marathon trip are as follows: £13 for adults, £10 for concessions, £5 for U18s and full time students, and children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.