SMART STEVENS SAVES CITY

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Ryan Brat­ley

CON­CORD RANGERS made a late rally to res­cue a point against Ox­ford City, the hosts hav­ing goal­keeper Jack Stevens to thank for a string of tremen­dous sec­ond half saves.

A drab open­ing 45 min­utes was punc­tu­ated by half chances, Ky­ron Farrell’s pow­er­ful ef­fort from range the best of a bad bunch, forc­ing a smart save from Stevens.

City fought back af­ter the break and they took the lead on the hour mark when Rob Sin­clair rode a chal­lenge in the mid­dle of the park, play­ing a one-two with Zac McEachran be­fore fin­ish­ing from six yards.

Rangers con­tin­ued try­ing their luck from range with Femi Ak­in­wande see­ing his low, drilled ef­fort tipped around the post.

Sub­sti­tute Adam To­p­ley pro­duced an even bet­ter ef­fort on the vol­ley that Stevens spec­tac­u­larly tipped over.

The Beach Boys lev­elled with five min­utes left when Amos Nasha pounced on a loose ball for an easy tap in.

Con­cord should have gone on to win the game an ex­cep­tion Stevens stop de­nied Ben Green­halgh in stop­page time. STAR MAN: Jack Stevens (Ox­ford City) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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