CONCORD Rangers could secure National League South safety by condemning Poole Town to the drop this weekend.

The Beach Boys secured a vital 2-1 win over already relegated Bognor Regis Town at the Aspect Arena on Tuesday night.

Steve Cawley netted what proved to be the winner, but boss Adam Flanagan was particularly pleased to see Emmanuel Ighorae grab his first goal for the club.

However, Flanagan is hopeful that a hamstring strain suffered during the encounter does not rule him out for the remainder of the season.

Flanagan said: “On signing for the club, Manny ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and so it has been a long, slow journey back to fitness for him.

“He showed what a good player he is against Bognor Regis Town and also what he will be able to offer the team.

“Unfortunately, however, he strained his hamstring and had to be substituted, so at this stage we are hoping that it doesn’t rule him out for the remainder of the season.

“It was a vital win, especially considering we only had 11 fit players available.

“We got off to a good start - scoring early - and while it wasn’t one of our better performances, we did enough to win the game.”

Concord took the lead with their first attack of the clash.

Femi Akinwande drove forward before playing in Ighorae.

The winger, who was rewarded with a place in the starting line-up following a handful of promising substitute appearances, beat a defender before slamming the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

The Beach Boys doubled their advantage in the second half as Cawley converted after Akinwande had been denied.

Bognor halved the deficit late on, but the hosts were able to hold on and claim a valuable three points.

As a result, Flanagan’s charges could ensure that they are playing National League South football next season if they beat Poole, who currently occupy the final relegation spot, on Saturday.

And Flanagan insists his side will fight for points until the end of term despite a number of injury problems.

The Beach Boys chief added: “We will need to get something from our remaining home games against Poole and Hungerford.

“It will be hard as, with a further two injuries against Bognor, the squad has been decimated to the point it is actually laughable.

“But we will put the best available team out and work hard to get the points we need to secure our position in the league.”