CONCORD Rangers are hoping for a bumper crowd after offering free entry for tomorrow’s home clash with Tonbridge Angels.

Due to the Beach Boys’ extensive FA Trophy run resulting in all-ticket contests, chairman Ant Smith has chosen to ignore the usual ticket prices and asks those in attendance to make a donation to the Indee Rose Trust instead.

Concord boss Danny Scopes has hailed Smith’s generosity.

“It’s brilliant for there to be free entry on offer and it’s a great opportunity for the local community to come and watch some football,” said Scopes.

“Ant has been looking at the amount of money supporters are having to pay in recent weeks because of our run in the FA Trophy and them being all-ticket games.

“It’s a nice touch and hopefully we can get a good crowd in, like we did in the FA Trophy quarter-final against Royston Town last time.

“I think you would struggle to find a chairman who gives more back to the football club than Ant.

“His values and honesty reflect on the whole football club and he makes it a welcoming atmosphere.”

Concord are preparing themselves for a huge contest as they look to put more distance between themselves and the National League South drop zone.

Despite the Beach Boys’ record-breaking exploits in the FA Trophy, they find themselves just two points clear of the bottom two.

Tonbridge are one point worse off in 17th spot and Scopes is aware of the magnitude of this fixture.

“It’s a big game and the next two weeks are big for us because our league status is important,” added Scopes.

“We have lots of games left but we don’t want to be scrapping for points towards the end of the season because we are still not safe.

“The quicker we can get over that 40 point mark and secure our National League South status, the better.

“Staying up is our main aim and we are better than our league position suggests, but we have to get points to show that.”

And Scopes has called on the Beach Boys to maintain their concentration levels for the entire encounter.

“Tonbridge are fighting for their lives and they will be looking to leave the Aspect Arena with a positive result,” admitted Scopes.

“We are starting games well but then get lax.

“I don’t think we keep our concentration levels for the full 45 minutes of each half.

“We need to improve in that area and also take our chances when they come because we have been wasting a lot of opportunities in recent weeks.”