Harris goal not enough at Concord

Concord Rangers

Concord Rangers

Jobe (74)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Harris (65)
League Attendance: 239
Slough Town were denied a crucial victory in their bid to gate-crash the playoffs, after being pegged back in the second half by Concord Rangers, writes Sam Pryke.

Rangers defender Mamadou Jobe rose highest after a deep cross came in from the left hand side, leaving North rooted to the spot and unable to scramble a save.

Not long before on 65 minutes, the Rebels took a deserved lead on the balance of play through the pestering Ben Harris. He cut inside on the right and whipped a teasing cross in with his left foot, evading everyone.

Slough pushed for a winner late on, with substitute Imran Kayani having his point-blank shot superbly saved by Myles Roberts in goal for the hosts.

George Hunt also went close on multiple occasions, having his ferocious strike desperately blocked before flashing a cross just beyond the rushing Alfonso Tenconi.

Prior to the late action, the game was frantic and lacked the cutting edge required despite Slough’s dominant performance.

Eitel Goueth saw his speculative strike go high and wide when finding space on the edge of the penalty area.

However, a minute after half time, the hosts had a wonderful opportunity to open the scoring.

Good work down the left saw an inch perfect cross find Rangers striker Temi Babalola at the back post but he managed to steer the ball wide when it looked easier to score.

The opening exchanges didn’t see much goalmouth action, but the impressive Aaron Kuhl tried his luck from distance without troubling the keeper.

On 12 minutes, Goueth almost capitalised on poor communication between the hosts’ keeper and defence, but he couldn’t find the open pass to Tenconi who would have had an empty net to shoot at.

Concord managed to get in behind the Rebels defence on a couple of occasions down the right, with Louis Ramsay sending in searching crosses without being able to find a teammate.

The most entertaining action of the first half came courtesy of a melee after Goueth was fouled by Ryley Scott, both players reacted angrily sparking others to get involved. Both Goueth and Scott went into the referee’s notebook.

The draw means it is an almost impossible task for Slough to reach the playoffs. We are next in action on Saturday April 30th at home to high flying Dartford in our last home game of the campaign, with all ticket prices reduced.

Concord Rangers Lineup

Roberts, Scott (Reynolds 72), Ramsay (Popo 86), Blackman, Blanchfield, Babalola, Green (c), Jobe, Randell, Kazeem (Payne 72), Kyei. Unused substitutes: Search, Hernandez.


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