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Eastbourne Borough v Concord Rangers – Vanarama National League South – Priory Lane – Saturday 3pm – Preview
It can’t have gone unnoticed how divided opinion is amongst the Vanarama National League clubs over whether they should stick or twist as regards finishing the current campaign amidst spiralling costs sustained during the pandemic.
Concord Rangers is no different. Chairman, Antony Smith, has been most vocal and opinionated upon the subject, with safeguarding the future of the Canvey-based outfit the greatest priority during these troubled times.
Nevertheless, while the argument rages on, managers up and down the country continue to prepare for matches and a campaign which might, or might not conclude.
“I can’t lie, it hasn’t been easy,” Beach Boys boss, Danny Scopes told Yellow Sport ahead of Saturday’s return to National South action at high-flying Eastbourne Borough.
“We’ve had the squad furloughed since the break, and what with the weather closing in it is tough to organised any proper training of match practice.
“We’ve also had to respect that some players are not willing to commit under the increasing challenges we are facing.
“If we play Saturday then it will be all about heart and desire as individuals to see what we can do. It’s a tough ask for the players we have at our disposal, but I’m confident in the groups and know they will give everything they have.”
Hosts, Eastbourne currently occupy a place amongst the play-off contenders, having won their previous three, including a single-goal success over fellow promotion-hopefuls, Dartford on Tuesday evening.
“They are having a great season, backed up by the two wins over Hungerford and the win on the road during the week,” Scopes added.
“Of course, that makes it even tougher for us. The challenge is massive and we have nothing to lose. But the incentive is always to win and that is the mindset we will travel with.”