Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Home Game Hoodoo!

There’s clearly something about the Aspect Arena at the moment, the home of Concord Rangers. Whether it’s the pressure of having the (although small) home crowd watching every move you make, or the fact that teams are coming to Thames Road & playing very differently, something is severely affecting the Beachboys results at home.

First off let’s look at our away form in the league, admittedly the seasons travels started badly with a 4-1 thumping at Lowestoft. But following that the first win of the season came with a 2-1 victory to at Carshalton Athletic, with goals coming from Jason Hallett and Danny Spendlove. One week later Concord picked up a 2-2 draw at Hendon, even after losing Danny Glozier to a late red card. Goals in that match came from James White and Tony Stokes. Tuesday 9th October was the next league away day, this one to high-flyers Margate who were sitting in 2nd place at the time. The Beachboys were 4th from bottom but still ran out deserved 2-0 winners, with both goals being scored by the captain Tony Stokes. Just over a week ago Concord Rangers travelled to Wingate & Finchley, coming away disappointed after squandering a number of chances and only getting a 0-0 draw for their efforts.

So that’s an away league record of 2 wins, 2 draws & a loss. At home we’ve had one less league game due to the various cup competitions, but even so the record does not make for easy reading. The season began with a 3-1 loss at the Aspect Arena to league new boys Bognor Regis Town on a sunny afternoon in August! Not a bright start though I’m sure you’ll agree. Next up at Thames Road was a Monday night game vs. Kingstonian, who are a consistently tough side in the Ryman Premier League. This continued through that Monday night as they won 3-0 against the Beachboys. A draw has been our best result at home in the league this season, which came in heartbreaking circumstances against Wealdstone on 15th September. Harry Elmes gave Concord the lead midway through the first half, before Wealdstone favourite Richard Jolly equalised just after the break. The game was flowing the way of Rangers, and the pressure paid off when Tony Stokes put the Beachboys back in front on 79 minutes. However on the next Wealdstone attack their shot took a massive deflection which sent the ball past Michael Jordan into the Concord net, evening the game up. That’s how it finished, and it felt absolutely gutting at the time, to be honest it still does now, we should have won that game. The most recent home game was against Cray this past weekend; a silly mistake gave Cray the lead in the first half, then Steve King was sent off (wrongly in my unbiased & fair opinion) on the hour before Cray ran out 4-0 winners.

The form at home in the leagues reads as 0 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses (all of the losses saw at least 3 goals conceded). It’s worrying stuff really, especially as away from home we’ve been playing well and getting results. Cup games at home have been different as well, with a win vs. Needham Market & a draw against Conference South club Welling. It’s frustrating for the fans, and I know after speaking to the players & coaches that it’s frustrating for them as well. We’re not playing badly at home, but little mistakes are costing us goals and that needs to be corrected if we’re to make the Aspect Arena a place that teams don’t want to come to!

Concord Rangers have a chance to get back to winning ways at home on Tuesday 6th November as Hampton & Richmond make the journey down to Thames Road. There are 2 cup games (1 home, 1 away) and 1 league game to get through first though, facing Romford, Enfield Town and Harrow Borough. There are no easy games in the Ryman League this season, the calibre of the teams is getting better and the difference between them smaller. It’s tough to call who will finish where this year, and of course there’s a lot of football still to be played. I just hope and look forward to our next home game in the league when we pick up the win we need to get a run going.

You Are My Concord!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Movember Is Coming!

November is only round the corner, and for me normally that means its time to look forward to getting another year older (birthday is the 3rd November for those that should be getting me gifts!). However this year that isn’t my focus heading up to the month. This year I have decided to do something worthwhile and raise money for charity by taking part in Movember.

Now for those of you that haven’t heard of this before, Movember is a charity initiative which has been responsible for thousands of men growing moustaches during the month of November and raising awareness for men’s health issues, specifically testicular and prostate cancer. How it works is simple, us gents sign up to take part at uk.movember.com, and on November 1st we go completely clean shaven. Sounds easy so far right? Well it doesn’t get any tougher! As the month progresses the Mo Bros (as we will be affectionately known) will grow and groom a moustache, and just a moustache. No beards at all, the ‘tache cannot connect with sideburns (as that is classed as a beard too).  

And essentially that’s it, throughout the month of November the Mo Bros will be walking around advertising the Movember movement. Of course, the key to this being a success is being sponsored and getting people to donate to the cause! Over the next weeks approaching Movember and throughout the month I will be hassling people for sponsorship online through Twitter & Facebook, and of course I will have a sponsor form with me at all times hoping to siphon cash from your pockets for a worthy cause.

There is obviously a reason for me taking part in this, and it’s mainly down to losing family and friends over the past year to different forms of cancer. These were the first times really where I have lost people I really cared about and I could understand what happened, as I guess I (and my family) have been very lucky over the years. I lost my great Nan, an aunt, and my granddad whilst I was very young, so although emotional at the time, you tend to process things differently as a kid. So in a way I plan to do my bit to help, and taking part in Movember is my way of doing that. It also is a bit of a step for me as well, as I have not been clean shaven in 7 years. So the people that I work with, and a fair few friends as well (including my ex) have not really seen me without a beard except for maybe in a couple of old photos. I’m looking forward to it though, should be fun!

There’s no denying that the Movember movement is a successful one, just last year over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising GBP 79.3 million. For the record a Mo Sista isn’t a woman growing a moustache (although we all know some that can), the following is taken from the Movember site:
A Mo Sista is essentially a woman who loves a Mo. An individual that is dedicated to supporting the Mo Bros in her life through their moustache growing journey; whether it be a friend, colleague, family member or partner. These inspirational women are committed to raising awareness of men's health issues and much needed funds for men's health along the way.

Thank you for reading this, I will appreciate any and all support that I get for taking part! So before I sign off this blog entry, a few promos! I will be on Twitter as normal going on about this; my account can be found at twitter.com/BullJet. I have also signed up to Instagram, a picture-based network which I will be using to provide daily Mo updates, search for BullJet on there and that’s where you will find me.

Most importantly, if you wish to donate and help me out, my Mo Page can be found at http://mobro.co/alanjessuppeacock

Thanks again, and see you in Movember!

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