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Concord Rangers 2-1 Halesowen Town
Adam Drew confessed Concord Rangers’ Buildbase FA Trophy achievement hadn’t yet sunk in after the Canvey-based side came from behind to record a memorable 2-1 semi-final success over a strong Halesowen Town outfit at the Aspect Arena.
After a lengthy wait to finally play the tie, Concord’s dream appeared to be drawing to a disappointing conclusion when Richard Gregory fired the Black Country side into a seventh-minute lead.
However, an unfortunate own-goal from Rob Evans brought the Beach Boys back into the contest before the interval. Then, Alex Wall’s delightful finish ten minutes from time turned the game on its head and booked the biggest day in Concord’s history with a showdown against either Notts County or Harrogate Town at the home of football late this month.
“This doesn’t seem real, I’ve not taken it all in yet,” the Beach Boys Head of Recruitment told Yellow Sport.
“It’s an amazing feeling. We were concerned that a weeks notice didn’t give us enough time to prepare, particularly against such a good side as Halesowen. But everyone has dug deep. I think we’ve played a part in helping local football see a glimmer of light at the end of a dark tunnel – it’s a phenomenal achievement.
Drew continued: “Obviously, we are thrilled to bits to be at Wembley and also understand the disappointment Halesowen must be feeling right now. But there were times when we didn’t think this game would be played and the 2019/20 competition would be scratched. I think it would have been worse, getting this far and then never knowing if we could have made it over the final hurdle.
“But we have made it. This isn’t just for Antony Smith, Danny Scopes, the staff, the players, the fans – this is for everyone on Canvey and local football fans who have been waiting for the game to return. We can’t wait for the big day.”
(More to follow…)