Slough Town v Concord Rangers, Arbour Park, Slough, Berkshire, Saturday 3rd November K.O. 15h00
It seems a long time since Rebels played a home league fixture (Hungerford Town, 29 Sep).
Today's visitors have been playing at this level for the last six seasons, following a rapid rise up the leagues (in 2007/8 they were still in the Essex league) and they started this season 'running' - winning four and drawing just once in the opening five fixtures. Then, following a heavy home defeat against Welling United, they went seven matches recording only two victories, both these against basement opponents. However in mid-week they appear to have got their 'mojo' back, recording a comfortable home success against Chelmsford City to climb into 7th place. A tough game can be anticipated.
Concord Rangers, the Beach Boys, league record is :P 14 Home W5 D1 L1 Away W2 D2 L3 GF21 GA17 - Points 24
Their full record is:
Home: W 2 - 0 Gloucester City, W 2 - 0 Dartford, W 4 - 0 Hungerford Town, L 0 - 5 Welling United, D 1 - 1 Woking, W 3 - 0 Truro City, W 3 - 0 Chelmsford City
Away: D 1 - 1 Billericay Town, W 0 - 1 Dulwich Hamlet, D 1 - 1 Wealdstone, L 4 - 1 Chippenham Town, L 2 - 0 St. Albans City, L 2 - 0 Oxford City, W 1 - 2 Weston-s-Mare,
Recent match highlights:
Chelmsford City (home): 2m14s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614897 video courtesy Jack McInnes
Weston-s-Mare (away): 3m34s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614893 video courtesy Liam Byrne
Oxford City (away): 2m37s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614866 video courtesy Daniel Smith
Truro City (home):2m53s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614853 video courtesy Ryan Herrick
In the F.A. Cup 2nd Qualifying Round they played Margate (level 7) winning 2 - 0 (at home), in the next round they played Rebels neighbours Beaconsfield Town (level 8) winning 2 - 1 (at home); and in the 4th Qualifying Round they played at home, once again, against National League (level 5) Dover Athletic, losing 0 - 1.
Their leading goal scorers are ex. Dartford striker Alex Wall with 9 goals (all league) and assistant-manager Jack Midson with 8 goals (including 2 F.A. Cup strikes).
Their most recent signing Liam Nash, on loan from Gillingham, has scored in both his opening games, against Weston and Chelmsford. Defender Sammy Knott, ex Aveley and East Thurrock, brother of midfielder Billy Knott, is another newish signing. Beach Boy regulars this season are defenders Frazer Shaw, Lee Minshull, Tyrone Sterling; midfielders Sam Blackman, Danny Green, Billy Knott and Adam Topley; strikers Jack Midson, Alex Wall, Jed Smith and Tosam Popo.
Last season Concord Rangers finished in 17th position with 46 points - on their travels they won 3, drew 5 and lost 13 times.
Rebels have only played Beach Boys once before, in the 2009/10 F. A. Cup, winning their 2nd Round Qualifying tie 2 - 0 at home.
Current betting odds: Slough Town win 3/4; the draw 31/11; Concord Rangers Win 39/11
Prediction: It is a close call, but home advantage should swing the game Slough's way.
Slough Town 2 - 1 Concord Rangers