A GoFundMe page has been set up after player Jayden Randell is seriously injured at the Concord Rangers v Southend United friendly.
Jayden suffered a break of his tibia and fibula during Saturday’s friendly which ended in a 2-1 victory for the National League South side.
Concord say they are privileged to call him ‘one of our own’ and will do everything we can to help him back to a full recovery.
Randell had been contesting a challenge with Southend defender Luke Reeve at the Aspect Arena.
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Jayden suffered a break of his tibia and fibula during Saturday’s friendly.
We are privileged to call him one of our own at Concord and we will do everything we can to help him back to a full recovery.
— Concord Rangers FC (@ConcordRangers) July 31, 2022
Jayden suffered the unfortunate and horrific double leg break of his tibia and fibula during Saturdays friendly fixture vs Southend Utd.
Jayden works as a self employed bricklayer and will not be able to work until he is back on his feet, so we are asking for anyone who is able to kindly gift towards helping him in his time of need.
Jayden is a kind hearted young gentleman who we are privileged to call one of our own at Concord Rangers FC, and our club will do everything we can to help him back to a quick and full recovery, and this funding page is part of that effort.
Thank you to the kind hearted people who’ve helped Jayden in the past 24 hours, and hopefully we can help raise a healthy sum to help him whilst he is unable to earn an income.
Speaking immediately after the game, Blues boss Kevin Maher was keen to wish Randell well.
“First and foremost we hope Jayden is OK and we wish him our best as a club,” said Maher.
“They came together for the challenge and Reevesy feels bad but he shouldn’t do because it was a fair tackle.
“Unfortunately Jayden has come out of it in a bad way.
“Fingers crossed the break is not as bad as they can be and that he recovers as quickly as possible.”
— Chris Phillips (@CJPhillips1982) July 31, 2022
A youthful Blues side rounded off pre-season with a 2-1 defeat against Concord Rangers at Thames Road with 16-year-old Max Fiddes getting the goal for Kevin Maher’s side.
Less than 24 hours removed from last night’s friendly against Crystal Palace’s u21s, Kevin Maher made 11 changes to his side for the clash with Concord Rangers as the rest of his squad had the chance to impress ahead of next weekend’s league opener against Boreham Wood.
Jon Benton was the first to threaten with a long-range effort that was saved by Melvin Minter. Jake Wood then picked up the loose ball and crossed in towards Jaden Crowhurst who headed straight at the Beachboys goalkeeper.
Minter’s goal though was breached shortly after as youngster Max Fiddes puts the visitors in front after good work from Crowhurst down the right-hand side. The full-back played the ball across the face of goal for the teenager to tap in from close range.
Midway through the first half, the game was halted for almost 10 minutes after Jayden Randell came off worse in a challenge with Luke Reeve. Randell appeared to suffer a suspected broken leg after both went for a loose ball with the Concord man leaving the pitch on a stretcher.
Once the game resumed, Wood went close to a second for the visitors with a free-kick that narrowly went over the crossbar, while Benton forced a good save out of Minter after being played in by Fiddes as Blues went into the half-time interval 1-0 up.
Having made a smart save in first-half stoppage time from De-Sean Theobolds, Collin Andeng Ndi had to be at his very best to keep out Ben Search whose looping header looked destined for the back of the net only for Andeng Ndi to spring to his right and claw it away.
Up the other end and both Henry Sandat and Benton went close, but the home side were level on the hour after Reeve fouled Ricky Modeste inside the area. Danny Green stepped up to take the spot-kick and sent Andeng Ndi the wrong way to equalise.
The home side then won a second penalty and a chance to win the game when Benton brought down Green inside the area. This time Ben Williamson took the opportunity from 12-yards and smashed the ball in with 20 minutes remaining which is how it remained.
Concord Rangers XI: Minter, Randell (Trialist 29’), Popo (Knowlden 81’), Pollock (C), Perkins, Theobolds, Modeste, Blanchfield (Search 8’) (Thompson 75’), Williamson, Green, Kyei (Carter 75’). Subs Not Used: Hernandez
Blues XI: Andeng Ndi, Arrowsmith, Lomas (Amir 46’), Davis (C), Reeve, Benton, Coker, Fiddes (Bland 85′), Sandat, Wood. Subs Not Used: Purcell, Williams, Terry
Concord Rangers: Danny Green (p)60’, Ben Williamson (p)70′
Southend United: Max Fiddes 10’
Twitter users reacted with a GoFundMe page set up after player Jayden Randell is seriously injured during the Concord v Southend friendly…
@Buckby89: Wish you a speedy recovery mate
@stevecargo: Hope he’s ok. Jayden is a top lad
@Tracey_SUFC: Wishing you a speedy recovery, come back stronger than before ?⚽️?
@Wazdog1967: Speedy recovery Jayden.
@sjapresley: Sounded and looked awful. Wishing @JaydenRandell01 all the best
@YeattsMatthew: happened right in front of where we were sitting….he was obviously in a lot of pain….can only wish him a speedy recovery, and hope he comes back stronger ????⚽️
@RichBull64: Speedy recovery mate wishing you the best
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⚽️ Concord Rangers 2-1 Southend United pic.twitter.com/IEtyYd6zP9
— Scott Hatley (@scotthatley87) July 30, 2022