DANNY Cowley says Concord Rangers will have to think of another objective after they reached the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

Cowley’s men beat St Albans City 1-0 thanks to Joe Gardner’s outstanding volley, when he swept home a winner in the second half against the side who were promoted to the Conference South last season.

And Cowley said he has seen his team win promotions and cup competitions in his eight years as manager but reaching the first round was a new high for himself and the club.

“We did really well and it was a superb win,” said Cowley. “The boys gave it their all as I knew they would and I am so pleased for them. They give everything for the team and that makes me very proud as a manager.”

On-loan Bishop’s Stortford goalkeeper Joe Wright made his debut in between the sticks for the Beachboys and he impressed, making a number of impressive saves to keep out the hosts.

“Joe was excellent,” said Cowley. “He made important saves when he was called upon and we hope he makes a big contribution for our season.

“We can’t wait for the draw now. I don’t know where I will be watching it but I will be watching it that’s for certain.”

St Albans, fresh from a first round appearance in the FA Cup last year, started well and Steve Wales was only denied by the reactions of Wright.

Charlie Gorman shot wide before Steve Cawley and Lewis Taaffe sending efforts narrowly off target.

James Kaloczi forced Wright into action once again before the break with the first chance of the second half falling to Taaffe, who shot just the wrong side of the post. And the decisive goal came soon after. A deep cross saw the ball drop to Gardner and he fired home a terrific strike from a tight angle.

Gardner struck a similar effort wide soon after before Walker lashed narrowly wide when well placed as the Beachboys booked their place in tonight’s draw.

Concord Rangers: Wright, Walker, Glozier, Woodyard, Lampe, Fry, Gardner (King), White, Taaffe (Stokes), Collins, Cawley (Ogilvie)