Concord Rangers v Slough Town, National South, Aspect Arena, Thames Rd; Canvey Island, Essex. Saturday 10th August kick-off 15h00
Last season the 'Beach Boys' completed their sixth season at this level, gaining their highest ever league placement.
They were denied a place in the play-offs owing to ground size regulations, enabling Wealdstone to take their place.
They finished in 6th position in the table, although they would have been placed 4th had they not been deducted three points for infringing league regulations. Their league record being P42 Home W11 D7 L3 : Away W9 D6 L6 GF69 GA48
Their top scorers were Alex Wall (21 goals) and Jack Midson (16 goals), both of whom moved to Hemel Hempstead Town during the off-season.
In the F.A. Cup they reached the 4th qualifying round where they were beaten by Dover Athletic 0 - 1 (H), having beaten Margate (2 - 0, H) and Beaconsfield Town (2 - 1, H) in the earlier rounds.
They were knocked out of the F. A. Trophy in their opening, 3rd round qualifying, tie by Wealdstone (2 - 3, H).
In last season's league encounters between the teams Slough Town won their home fixture, in November, 1 - 0 thanks to a 5th minute penalty scored by James Dobson. In the return fixture, in March, ten-man Rebels - Guy Hollis being sent off in the 35th minute - recovered from a two goal deficit to draw the game 2 - 2 with Francis Amartey (79m) and Lee Togwell (90+2m) scoring.
This season, Concord Rangers have got off to flying start and currently head the table on goal difference, having beaten Oxford City 0 - 3 away on the opening day with goals from Joel Nouble, Kreshnic Krasniqi and Joe Gardner. This last mid-week, in front of 1,173 spectators, they recorded a 2 - 1 home success over Chelmsford City with Decarrey Sheriff netting a brace.
Bookies Odds: Concord Rangers Win 13/10: the Draw 23/13: Slough Town Win 21/10.
Prediction: Given squad availability a tough test will ,no doubt, be made even harder. A draw is possibly the best outcome achievable.
Concord Rangers 1 - 1 Slough Town