National League South: Wealdstone 1 Concord Rangers 1
PUBLISHED: 09:41 26 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:41 26 August 2018
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Wealdstone and Concord played out an absorbing and highly entertaining draw to keep both sides' early season momentum going at The Vale on Saturday.
In-form and second-in-the table Concord began the encounter well on top, pegging the home team into their own half.
But despite their early dominance they couldn’t capitalise, failing to create anything from a considerable number of early corners.
Bradley Bubb did have a half chance for Stones early on but couldn’t connect with David Pratt’s pass.
Wealdstone were then almost undone by a smart, quick free-kick, as the experienced Alex Wall had his shot brilliantly palmed away by Stones stalwart gloveman Jonathan North, making his 350th appearance for the home side.
But Stones hit back and scored against the run of overall play, when an excellent counter attack ended up at Danny Green’s feet, before he cleverly rifled home into the top corner
The tide of the match then swayed towards the resurgent home side, with tricky winger Jeffrey Monakana providing a real threat down the left.
However, they too conceded when on top, as a brilliant volley from Alex Wall on the edge of the box flew into the bottom corner of the net, following a knock down from Jack Midson.
The second half was a much more tense affair, as neither side carved out many opportunities.
Wealdstone did however have an effort cleared off the line when a curling cross found Bubb in the six-yard box and he seemed to have headed past Sam Beasant, only for Tyrone Sterling to clear.
The remainder of the match was somewhat scrappy but just as competitive, with a handful of yellow cards handed out to each side.
The away keeper made an important late save, ensuring both teams came away with a valuable and hard won point as Concord maintained their unbeaten start to the season with Wealdstone handily placed in fifth and preserving their unbeaten home record.
Stones now travel to Oxford City on Bank Holiday Monday in search of more league points.
Wealdstone: North, Tyler, Grant, Okimo, Mambo, Poku, Monakana (Mitchell 62), Ahmidi (Lench 83), Pratt, Green, Bubb (Hudson-Odoi 62). Unused Subs: Wilson, White
*The Executive Board of Wealdstone FC has announced a change to its structure following the decision of current vice-chairman Nick Archer to step down as a director of the club.
Executive director Rory Fitzgerald will replace Archer as vice-chairman with specific responsibility for football matters and ground development.
Chairman Peter Marsden said: “We are sorry that Nick has decided to step down as a director of the club. We would like to thank him for his unstinting work at Wealdstone over the last year and I have been particularly grateful for his personal support to me since my appointment as chairman.
“He is a great football man has been a real rock during some challenging times and we wish him all the very best. Rory will be an extremely able vice-chairman and I know that he will do a great job in the role.”
Fitzgerald added: “We are embarking on new and exciting times as we drive forward together to meet the many challenges at this level of football and I am very much looking forward to working towards achieving our progressive aims and ambitions for Wealdstone FC.”