Scopes frustrated with wasteful Concord

Concord Rangers 3-3 Tonbridge Angels – Reaction

DANNY SCOPES was left frustrated after his relegation-threatened Concord Rangers side were pegged back in final seconds of an otherwise entertaining Vanarama National League South clash with Tonbridge Angels at the Aspect Arena.

A hugely entertaining opening period saw Ben Greenhalgh open the scoring for Tonbridge only for Temi Babalola to swiftly level for the Beach Boys.

Decarrey Sheriff neatly turned the game in Concord’s favour. However, the Kent visitors were back on terms two minutes before the break, through Tommy Wood.

But Concord headed in for the half-time cuppa with the lead – James Blanchfield on hand from close range and that was the way it stayed until stoppage-time when Rian Bray rose unchallenged in stoppage time to salvage a share of the spoils.

“When you’re near the bottom of the table, which we are – and you’ve got to say it how it is – three points would have been massive today,” the Concord chief told Yellow Sport.

“We got a good point at Chelmsford last week. I said to the boys, get three today, four points in a week, you can probably say that’s a good week and we are moving in the right direction.

“So to conceded those two points late on – I’m frustrated that we haven’t put the game to bed. I don’t think we were brilliant in all honesty, today. I think we’ve scored three good goals – worked well for our goals, but probably conceded two really bad goals in the first half.”

Scopes continued: “But we’ve had chances late on when the game opened up – we’ve weathered the storm – we got 2 v1’s and 3 v 2’s when attacking – but just not working a shot, getting the finishing product.

“We should have put the game to bed and been 4-2. If they do get a late goal, you still get your points. It’s more disappointing than the result itself is that we should have been out of sight.”

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Brian Jeeves

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