(Eastbourne Borough, 23rd August 2014, Vanarama South)
What a start it?s been already to the 2014/15 Vanarama Conference South season! Certainly expected some ups and downs, but I don’t think anyone expected the differences we?ve already seen and experienced.
Take the opening day of the season, Concord Rangers put on a masterclass against Bath City, playing some sublime football at times and giving Bath City a lot to worry about through the entire 90 minutes. Although two of our three goals were penalties, I don’t think anybody watching the game on the day could say that the lads weren?t deserving of the scoreline or the result.
Then the lows began to creep in, firstly with Leon Gordon limping off and suffering an injury, which has kept him out of our games since then. Here?s hoping that he makes a speedy recovery and gets back into the side soon.
It was off to Ebbsfleet on the following Tuesday, and within the first twenty minutes we?d lost two further defenders to injury! Steve King limped off, whilst soon after Jack Lampe was helped off after suffering a broken jaw. From where I was standing I couldn?t see how he got caught, but he was down for some time and we await an update as to his recovery time.
The boys responded well though, and put in a determined performance, however Ebbsfleet scored from two rare chances (all about making those count) and were able to come away with a 2-0 victory.
Another away trip beckoned last Saturday as we faced Hayes & Yeading (who are currently ground-sharing with Maidenhead). The trip was an unnecessarily long one thanks to incredible amounts of traffic round the M25, so our away support cut it awfully close to kick off before arriving (some even turned up midway through the first half, I?ll not embarrass them here though).
It wasn?t the best game in the world, and at times it appeared that it was a totally different performance to the game a week previous vs Bath City. There were some positives though, and through the second half the team looked a lot more positive and ready to attack with a bit more venom. It wasn’t enough though, as we lost 3-1 in the end to a team lucky to be in the league (Hayes & Yeading were reprieved after Hereford had financial issues).
It?s still early though, there?s plenty of games still to play and more than enough points to be won, the lads have it in them to make a big impact on this league, and I for one have the belief that they will do so on a bigger scale than last season!
You Are My Concord!
Concord Supporters Association Chairman/Programme Editor