DANNY Scopes is pleased to see Kreshnic Krasniqi flourishing in his new role within the Concord Rangers side.

Krasniqi, who joined the Beach Boys from Isthmian North outfit Heybridge Swifts in the summer, has switched from his usual central midfield role to a place on the wing.

And the alteration paid off as the former Billericay Town man grabbed two goals, including a last-gasp winner, in Concord’s 3-2 FA Trophy third qualifying round replay triumph at Slough Town.

“Kresh is a wonderful lad who has an abundance of energy,” said Beach Boys chief Scopes.

“He has unbelievable desire to get around the pitch but he is working hard to control his enthusiasm and we are managing it carefully because he can be guilty of picking up cheap yellow cards.

“We have moved him into a wider position in recent weeks and that paid off at Slough because both of his goals came because of arriving late into the penalty area and scoring at the back post.

“He was excellent in the game and is a driving force in the side.

“Kresh demands high standards and it’s important that he keeps to those high standards as well.”

Although Krasniqi put Concord ahead against National League South rivals Slough, the hosts turned the tie on its head as Warren Harris claimed a brace of goals.

Matt Lench had the opportunity to put daylight between the two sides as Slough were awarded a penalty, but the frontman fired over the crossbar.

The miss proved to be a turning point as Concord substitute Danny Green was successful from the spot soon after and Krasniqi sparked wild celebrations by slotting home in the fourth minute of injury time.

The Beach Boys will now visit Maidstone United in the first round of the competition and Scopes believes Lench’s penalty miss was a wake-up call for his side.

“It was a rollercoaster of emotions and we went into the replay knowing we had come so close to winning the initial tie,” added Scopes.

“Before the game, we described it as we had baked the cake and not put the cherry on top, so we wanted to get through.

“Slough had only lost once at home all season, so it was fantastic to go there and win.

“Being in the first round, in those circumstances, is great for the club.

“When we were 2-1 down, I feared the worst but their penalty miss was a trigger for us.”