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Hampton & Richmond Borough
Concord Rangers
Sat 16 Mar 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Full time Attendance 391

Beach Boys blow away Beavers

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A clinical second half performance saw Concord take the spoils in blustery conditions at the Jezzards Beveree.

By Ben Morton

The visitors acclimatised to the conditions best in the opening exchanges of the match and a needless trip on the edge of the Hampton area awarded them a penalty, that was calmly dispatched by Jack Midson.

The Beach Boys nearly doubled their lead moments later when Alex Wall controlled a raking pass and sent an audacious chip goal bound, only for the fingertips of Tom Lovelock to divert the ball to safety.

With the wind behind their backs Hampton dominated the remainder of the half, with Sam Beasant called into action twice to deny Barrington and Ruddick’s snap shots on the turn.

Zak Joseph was pulling the strings in midfield, and it was he who wriggled free in the box, forcing Tyrone Sterling to tug him down. Chris Dickson stepped up and whipped the penalty into the corner for his 15th goal of the campaign.

After half-time Concord had the strong wind in their favour, and asserted dominance in possession early on. They retook the lead on the hour mark, when Danny Green was allowed far too much space twenty yards out to pick his spot and slot the ball past Lovelock.

This appeared to knock the stuffing out the Beavers, and soon after the away side had some breathing space in the game. Beasant sent one long ball across the length of the pitch and over the top of the defence to find Midson through on goal, finishing precisely into the corner for his second of the day.

The game was becoming more and more one sided as time passed, with gloss finally added to the score line in added time when Juan Luque fired home after a quick break to the delight of the travelling fans.

Gary later expressed his disappointment at the second half display, citing how many of the goals came from individual errors and that it looked a “tired performance “off the back of a long trip on Tuesday to Bath. With a week off until Dartford next up, it gives the opportunity for the squad to regroup and work together to gain the required points to ensure league safety is grasped.

Team selection

Concord Rangers
  • 1. Sam Beasant
  • 2. Tosan Popo
  • 3. Jed Smith
  • 4. Taylor Maloney
  • 5. Connor Essam
  • 6. Tyrone Sterling
  • 7. Danny Green
  • 8. Sam Blackman
  • 9. Alex Wall
  • 10. Jack Midson
  • 11. Sam Ashford
  • 12. Lee Minshull
  • 13. Aron Pollock
  • 14. Juan Luque
  • 15. Ahmed Abdullah
  • 16. Joe Gardner

League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
13. Chippenham Town 42 55
14. Dulwich Hamlet 42 49
15. Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 49
16. Hemel Hempstead Town 42 48
17. Gloucester City 42 47
18. Eastbourne Borough 42 42
19. Hungerford Town 42 42

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