Concord vs St Alban’s match preview:
For the first time in 209 days the Beachboys return to league action as we welcome St Alban’s City to the Aspect Arena as they aim to improve on a rather disappointing 19/20 season.
Concord come into this on the back of an FA Cup victory over Potters Bar Town, in a game that was defined primarily due to a poor pitch because of the weather and some dodgy officiating the Beachboys finished the game with just 9 men whereas Potters Bar only finished with 10 after a late flurry of red cards in the dying embers of the game. 2 second half goals from Alex Wall secured victory and a place in the 3rd Qualifying Round where we will take on Isthmian South East side Whyteleafe.
Previewing this match Kian Ward spoke to first team manager Dan Scopes:
What are your overall reflections of our pre-season?
“Pre-Season if I’m honest has been long and challenging at times with the restrictions in place as well as preparing for the biggest game in the club’s history within it. I’ve been really pleased with the management team and the players as they’ve been first class throughout the whole of the off season.”
What are your thoughts on last Sunday’s FA Cup tie?
“ I was really pleased with the squad as the uncertainty surrounding the venue and the time of kick off was far from ideal and out of our control before we even started the game. We started the game slow in the driving wind and rain but was pleased with how we got going in the 2nd half and that we got the job done at a very tough place to play! “
Your thoughts heading into the new season?
“My thoughts are a bit mixed; I’m pleased we are starting competitive matches but disappointed that supporters for all teams can’t be part of the action yet. I am really excited to see how we can adapt in tough situations this season and how the squad will come together. We will approach every match with a good attitude and try to improve with every game and hopefully give the supporters something to cheer about whilst they are at home!”
What to expect from St Albans?
“ I had St Albans watched last week and will be able to see their game from Tuesday night. I think like all teams it will be a tough physical game and we will have to be at it from the off and try to match them individually. They have had a successful recruitment period over the summer and have some good attacking threats across the front line. They will come into the game high on confidence after good results on both Saturday and Tuesday and a strong pre-season.”
Saturdays game kicks off at 3PM and will sadly be played behind closed doors and following a successful stream last weekend in our FA Cup match we will be streaming the match for just £5 and passes are available here: https://bit.ly/3nr2R4X
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