Spot-kick heartbreak for brave Beach Boys

Stevenage 2-2 Concord Rangers
(Stevenage won 5-4 on penalties)

Concord Rangers came agonisingly close to providing an Emirates FA Cup upset against Sky Bet League Two outfit, Stevenage, at the Lamex Stadium.

“Everyone involved can be very proud of their efforts.” boss Danny Scopes told Yellow Sport after the Beach Boys slipped out via a penalty shootout after the sides had shared four goals in what was a compelling cup tie.

A deflected effort from former Southend United man, Ben Coker, gave Stevenage the lead just before the half-hour mark. However, the Beach Boys responded instantly with Alex Wall picking up the pieces to level after Sam Blackman had helped on Jason Raad’s pass.

Danny Newton scrambled home in extra-time to reestablish Stevenage’s earlier lead, but once again, Scopes’ charges displayed their battling qualities – Odei Martin nodding in Lamar Reynolds’ centre to ensure penalties.

But it was the EFL side who held their nerve from the spot.
“We must use the disappointment to push on – bottle up all the good bits and use them to drive us on in the league,” Scopes added.

Stevenage: Cumming, Wildin, Cuthbert (Marshall 53’), Prosser, Coker, Carter, Read, Pett (Osborne 110’), Dinanga (Oteh 77’), Effiong (Newton 66’), List Subs not used: Osborne, Newton, Hutton, Johnson, Akinwande, Marshall, Oteh

Concord Rangers: Haigh, Popo, Scott, Sterling (Hanfrey 100’), Pollock, Babalola (Reynolds 90+4′), Martin Sorondo, Shabani, Blackman, Raad (Bridge 81′), Wall (Hughes 73′) Subs not used: Remfry, Green, Roast


Brian Jeeves

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