Concord Rangers in the Skrill Conference South, a sentence that still didn’t quite sound right when promotion was won last summer, but what is even more astounding is the fact we’ll be saying that for at least another season yet. Ok so maybe Concord Rangers are still not quite mathematically safe, but sitting in 8th (as I type) on 54 points I believe it’s safe to say we’re staying up.
At the start of the season I remember Danny Cowley saying he just wanted us to be competitive in the league, not be the whipping boys that everyone else expected us to be. He also set a target of 50 points which would probably be enough to ensure safety in this league, and with 32 games gone an away win at Farnborough got the lads to that magical number.
So what now? Our main objective for the season has been achieved, there is no longer any pressure on the lads to survive, and there’s a cup final to look to at the end of the season. But what of the remaining league games (8 as I type)? Now is a chance to play with a little more freedom, look at our position in the league and try to achieve something extra special, the playoffs. Now when promotion to this league was achieved last summer, would anyone have suggested we’d be chasing a playoff spot with 8 games to go? No chance, even knowing this team as I do there were no expectations in that respect!
The opportunity is within the teams grasp, no question about that, and with the way they keep surprising opponents with these results it is very possible. Whether we get there or not though I will be able to say I have been a part of one of the most enthralling and exciting seasons in Concord Rangers history.
You Are My Concord