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The Season Draws To A Close

With just one game left in the regular season, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on how the whole thing has gone, and look towards our impending playoff journey.
Coming into our 3rd season in the Ryman Isthmian Premier League, the main priority was survival, it’s no secret that we as a club are punching above our weight, and the focus was keeping Concord Rangers established at this level. The months that have passed since the season kicked off back in August has seen the Beachboys do just that and much more. We’ve had heartache, joy, tragedy and more bumps & bruises that you could care to count.
The start of the season saw some poor results come our way, including 1-3, 1-4 & 0-3 defeats from 3 of our first 4 games in August. Only 2 league games in September thanks to cup commitments, both of which produced 2-2 draws. The cups however provided a bit of welcome relief after victories at home to Needham Market & away to Kettering Town. It was possibly the first gam…

Bit of a Mixed Bag

Lately the fortunes of Concord Rangers have been as mixed as the weather! Since the end of March it really has been a rollercoaster for the Beachboys & their fans, and it’s not hard to see why given the fact that the team are running on empty (as most teams with hectic schedules are right now).
The topsy turvy run of form began on the 28th March with a tough away trip to fellow playoff (and possibly title) hopefuls Wealdstone. An early sending off for Leon McKenzie made the job difficult for Concord on the night, however some exceptional defending and determined play kept the game scoreless through the first half. John Easterford rose above all others midway through the second half to give the Beachboys the lead they deserved after being the better side even with 10 men. However 2 quick goals in the last 5 minutes gave Wealdstone the victory. There were some ugly scenes at the final whistle from the Wealdstone “fans” invading the pitch, but highlighting the details would give them…

Cup Final Fever

I am writing this with a little over 24 hours to go until kickoff of the Ryman League Cup Final between Concord Rangers & Dulwich Hamlet, and I have to admit, I am buzzing!
I’ve seen finals before, watched West Ham in the FA Cup final against Liverpool, and went to Wembley to see West Ham beat Blackpool in the Championship Playoff Final last season, but this is different. I tend to approach watching Concord & watching West Ham as following two different sports, although it’s the same game, it’s a different atmosphere, different set up etc. And I know that tomorrow, when I’m on the coach down to Maidstone for the game, it’ll be an experience like no other.
Ok so I’ve followed the Beachboys for 3 years, I’m open when it comes to that, and I’ve not been here through the Essex Senior League days of yesteryear. But it shows the type of club this is, and the effect it has on people, that in these 3 years I’ve become a passionate supporter, a regular contributor to the club (by these…