Blues back in league action

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Concord NewBlues will look to start to move up the Vanarama Conference South table when they host Concord Rangers at the ProKit (UK) Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Having only played four league games since the start of November, Rod Stringer’s side have slipped down the table and are now only place above the relegation zone with 18 points from as many games.

Thirteenth placed Concord have games in hand over most sides in the league, and have 23 points from 16 matched. They will arrive in good form for Saturday’s game having taken 11 points from their last six games, with their most recent league outing seeing a 7-0 home victory against Farnborough. They had a good run in the FA Cup, reaching the first round where they drew 1-1 at League 2 side Mansfield Town before going down 1-0 at home in the replay. They’ve also had some success in the FA Trophy, holding Vanarama Conference leaders Barnet to a goalless draw on Saturday despite finishing with ten men, before winning 6-2 at the Hive on Tuesday, although on both occasions the London side fielded their second string.SheldonS

When they teams met in Canvey Island three months ago the fans were treated to a six goal thriller before the sides settled for a point each. An excellent display from Sheldon Sellears as he won a second minute penalty converted by George Sykes and then hit a screamer helped Blues into a 2-0 lead before the home side hit back to take a 3-2 lead.

But it was Stringer’s side who had the final say as a well taken effort from Rod Young gave Blues their seventh point from four away games.

In 2012/13, one of Blues’ best performances of the season saw them 2-0 at Thames Road despite having keeper Joe Wright sent off early in the game. , Cliff Akurang went between the sticks and anyone would have taken a draw at that stage, but Sean Francis gave us a 20th minute lead with a volley before a peach of an own goal from former Blues’ skipper Paul Goodacre sealed the most unlikely of wins.

The return proved to be a night to forget as our play-off hopes effectively came to an end in a stormy game that saw both managers sent to the stand – though it’s still something of a mystery why Rod went after Concord manager Danny Cowley stormed into his technical area – as Rangers scored a late winner.

Soccer-SantaSaturday’s game is the first of five over the Festive Period, with Blues travelling to league leaders on Boxing Day before play-off contenders Havant & Waterlooville visit the ProKit (UK) Stadium on Sunday December 28.

Blues then host Wood on New Year’s Day before travelling to another promotion chasing club, Whitehawk on Sunday January 4. All five games kick off at 3pm.

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Author: Dave Ryan