08:00PM, Thursday 13 April 2017
Concord Rangers manager Adam Flanagan expects there to be electricity in the air when the Beach Boys visit York Road tomorrow afternoon (Good Friday).
Flanagan, whose side probably need one more win to be sure of survival in National League South, is expecting a tough afternoon against the league leaders, but says his is a side that likes to upset the odds.
He also says the players owe their supporters a decent performance after last weekend’s 5-0 capitulation against Bath City left them with work to do to beat the drop.
Flanagan said: “With regards to the game itself we’re looking forward to it. Maidenhead are well supported and there should be a good atmosphere.
“It’s good to play in games when there’s a team chasing the championship because they’re a little bit more exciting. There’s a bit more electricity in the air.
“It will be a tough task for us. Maidenhead are top of the league and have the best home record and are also the league’s top scorers. It all makes it a very, very tough game for us but Concord are a side that likes to upset the odds.”
Harry Pritchard netted in a narrow 1-0 win for the Magpies at Concord back in August, but it was the Beach Boys first defeat in seven matches against Maidenhead.
“Last season I think we won one and drew one against them on the last day of the season,” said Flanagan.
“I thought that the game at our place earlier this season was very even. Obviously Maidenhead have gone on to do really well and although things have picked up for us lately, it’s been a difficult season for us.
“If you were to look at the form table you would say it looks like it should be a comfortable day for Maidenhead. But every team in this league can cause a shock with respects to us. We need the points and will be looking to pick them up. They’re expected to win but we’ll come to try and get something from the game.”
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