Blues look to down Concord

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The Blues make the trip to Canvey Island to face Concord Rangers on Tuesday evening looking to bounce back from Saturday’s loss against Basingstoke.

Six of the seven points Rod Stringer’s team have gained this season have come on the road with wins at Weston-super-Mare and Havant & Waterlooville, so they’ll be looking to continue that form against a Concord side who are three places about the Blues in 14th spot with eight points from seven games.

Joe Tabiri will again be available for selection after missing the loss against Basingstoke due to a wedding, but striker Mikel Suarez is a doubt after limping off on Saturday.

Concord’s two wins have come against strugglers Bath City – who we host on Saturday – and Hemel Hempstead, while on Saturday they gained a point at big-spending Sutton United in game that saw former Blues midfielder Glen Southam sent off his debut for the Surrey club.

The Beechboys strengthened their squad on Friday by signing former West Ham United and Port Vale defender Cheye Alexander.

Last season saw the first competitive meetings between the two sides, with the away team taking all three point on both occasions.

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.

Author: Dave Ryan