ARON Pollock is pleased to be playing a key role for Concord Rangers after finding himself out of the side at regular stages of last season.

Pollock was one of just four first team players to remain at the Aspect Arena following a squad overhaul in the summer.

And the central defender is satisfied with the Beach Boys’ start to the National League South campaign.

Pollock, who was born in Basildon, said: “The season has been going well and, obviously, it’s good to be playing in every game.

“We’re picking up points where we can and I think we started the season really well.

“We then had a little bit of a dip but we’re just getting back into the swing of things now.”

The vast majority of Concord’s squad departed at the end of last term, with only Pollock, Danny Green, Joe Gardner and player-assistant manager Lee Minshull remaining.

Despite a summer of change, the Beach Boys have made a decent start to the campaign and recorded a midweek 2-2 draw against Braintree Town.

Braintree, who suffered relegation from the top tier of non-league football, went in front eight minutes before the interval as Jason Banton’s long range strike sailed past Concord goalkeeper Chris Haigh.

Matters got worse for the hosts as Jack Cawley was dismissed following a reckless challenge on ex-East Thurrock United frontman Tom Richardson.

Minshull, who was in the dugout assisting boss Danny Scopes, was also shown red in the ensuing melee.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Concord levelled matters soon before the hour mark as Decarrey Sheriff headed a Lamar Reynolds cross home.

But the visitors restored their lead 15 minutes later as former Canvey Island midfielder Ade Cole converted from close range.

However, the Beach Boys refused to be defeated and found a deserved leveller with three minutes remaining as Pollock added his name to the scoresheet.

And Pollock felt Concord deserved a share of the spoils thanks to the character they showed after central defensive partner Cawley was given his marching orders.

“I think it was a good result,” added Pollock.

“After going down to 10 men in the first half, the boys dug deep in the second half and got a good point.

“It was always going to be difficult after the red card but we kept a good shape and our discipline.

“It’s always good to score and we’re pleased with a point.”