The Beachboys FA Trophy campaign began with a hard fought 0-0 draw with Slough Town at the Aspect Arena on Saturday and manager Danny Scopes was fairly pleased with the outcome “Performance wise I felt for 75% of the game, we were pretty much there, we were just missing that end product. The match early on was a bit end-to-end, but once the second half started, I felt we were in control and we were the only side pushing for a win towards the end of the game. It was frustrating not to get the goal our performance deserved, but it was not to be.”
Slough missed a penalty in the opening ten minutes, and despite making three positional changes in the defence, Scopesy was delighted with the clean sheet on Saturday “The clean sheet was something we spoke about at the beginning of the week building up to the game, we have been saying if we want to win more matches, we have to be accountable for our defending and clean sheets are vital.”
Looking ahead to the replay at Slough on Tuesday night, Scopesy says there is plenty of positives to take into the game “The performance levels we have shown in the last few weeks, and the togetherness we’ve shown in the various ups and downs throughout the season, means we can go there with plenty of confidence. Look, we’ve got nothing to lose as they’re a good side and nobody would expect us to win at their ground. We have a nearly fully fit squad and plenty of bodies to choose from for the game, and competition for places is high, which is a good problem to have. Yes we’re the underdog in this game, so we can play with a free spirit and see where it takes us.”
Slough play on a 3G pitch, which too ardent Concord fans doesn’t bode well, but Scopesy isn’t seeing that as an excuse for a bad result on Tuesday “3G is an advantage to a home side, possibly, but I feel lots of players now train and play on it regularly, so you’ll see no excuses from us from it being on 3G. Slough get a good vocal crowd and that will be something to challenge us, which we try to overcome and our aim is to make the home crowd very quiet.”
Scopesy was chatting to Chris Clark.