- Parent Category: Other Teams
- Category: Under 21s
- Published: Tuesday, 01 December 2015 11:43
Tonight our U/21's travel to Harlow Town for a league fixture.
Tonight our U/21's travel to Harlow Town for a league fixture.
Title favourites Tonbridge Angels were fortunate to be leaving New Lodge with a point after another positive performance from Billericay Town.
It was a good game played in very difficult conditions. The pitch was boggy and heavy and made it difficult to pass the ball and added to a swirling, strong wind both sides should be commended for producing such an entertaining game.
It was the home side that started the better. They were sharper to the ball and considering the elements moved the ball very well. Full back Diallo broke clear after three minutes and delivered a good cross to Fondop-Talom but the big front man could only manage to shoot wide from 10 yards but the Blues only had to wait a couple of minutes to open the scoring. Hubble delivered a pinpoint cross and MONSVILLE arrived at the far post to thump his header home.
The visitors ploy of playing long balls into big striker Elder was food and drink for centre backs Ellul and Beavan and the high flying visitors rarely threatened. After some bright interplay between Hubble, Monville and Diallo set Monville free, from his cross Fondop-Talum had an open goal but headed over. Two minutes before half time they were left to rue the miss when a long ball into the box caused some pinball before Parkinson fired home.
Billericay started the 2nd half the better playing into a strong wind. Fondop-Talom hit a half volley into the side netting as the blues went in search of regaining the lead. Tonbridge withdrew Elder replacing him with Whitnall. After this they began to pass the ball better and were always looking to get their dangerous winger Wheeler on the ball. His duel with Diallo was to be a feature of the game and in many ways mirroring the game, with Diallo in control but Wheeler always a threat. Giddens made a routine stop from Wheeler but was largely untroubled in the home goal.
Ten minutes from time Billericay were awarded a free kick 20 yards from goal. Hubble's free kick beat the keeper all ends up but slammed against the crossbar. Shortly after a wonderful through ball from Williams found an equally good run from Nesbitt but he couldn't make a good enough contact and Di Bernardo made an easy save. The last chance of the game fell to Fondop-Talom who headed Monsville's cross just past the post.
Although it's two points dropped Billericay can take many positives from outplaying such a strong and experienced outfit who will no doubt be in the mix for the title come the end of the season.
The Tonbridge manager Steve Mckimm's take on the game. http://www.footballwebpages.co.uk/isthprem/match/7983
Billericay Town: Giddens, Diallo, Williams, Hubble, Ellul, Beavan, Monsville, Curley (c) Derry, (Sodje 68) Fondop-Talom, Nesbitt. Unused subs Akurang, Seyer, Cojocarel, Maitrepierre
M.O.T.M. Teddy Nesbitt
Title favourites Tonbridge Angels are tomorrow's visitors to New Lodge in what promises to be an exciting fixture. Tonbridge are on a three match winning run and top the current form guide (last 8 games) with Billericay in 6th, themselves only losing one of their last nine. Tonbridge have a couple of prominent ex Town players in captain Jerome Sobers and former favourite, striker Nathan Elder.
Last season saw The Blues come away from Tonbridge with all three points with Jacob Cleaver scoring the solitary goal. The New Lodge return was a memorable game with a dominant Tonbridge making it 3-0 with ten minutes remaining and seemingly cruising to a comfortable win. However goals from Halle, Liburd and Farrell drew the home side level who then even managed to miss a sitter in injury time that would have sealed an incredible comeback.
Billericay welcome back top scorer Mike Fondop-Talum from suspension to give themselves plenty of attacking options. Alex Stephenson and Loui Hazlewood are still at least a week away from fitness but have everyone else available. Shane Cojocarel finishes his three month loan period and returns to Barnet after the game. Shane has been a quick, skilful, exciting and very entertaining addition and we wish him the best of luck in his future career.
Tonight our young guns are at home to Tilbury in the league.
Come and watch some of the exciting young stars of tomorrow.
Kick off 7.45pm. Admission is just £3
Although Billericay made it just one league defeat in nine with an away point they will feel it was a case of two points dropped rather than one gained in their first trip to Burgess Hill.
From the outset it was the visitors who looked the stronger side. Derry was causing all sorts of problems for the hosts but just lacked the killer touch as he had three good opportunities in the first half. Billericay were camped in the Burgess Hill half with Giddens a virtual spectator. After a fine passing move the ball was shifted to very impressive debutant Quentin Monville on the edge of the box and his first time shot crashed against the underside of the bar but unfortunately not over the line.
The Blues went into the break all square but no doubt disapponted not to have been at least a couple to the good.
The second half was a more even affair with the hosts finding more space in attack. Blues brought on the returning Sodje for Akurang. Monville whipped a couple of dangerous crosses in that Just evaded the heads of onrushing forwards, he was then set up nicely but his shot was charged down. Against the run of play Smith scored after some penalty area pinball.
Within minutes Billericay were level when Nesbitt's fierce cross shot was cleverly flicked home by ONOME SODJE. Shortly after this Sodje expertly controlled on the edge of the box and beat his opponent leaving only the keeper to beat but he went for power and scuffed the chance wide.
In the 75th minute from a fine Diallo cross Derry rose to head home but was unceremoniuosly flattened in mid air. Players and supporters went up for the obvious penalty and the whistle blew but incredibly it was given as a free kick for the home side.
The home side then almost took the three points as a shot cannoned against the bar and Giddens superbly turned a shot around the post.
The final whistle went with the Blues still pushing for the win but it was not to be.
Billericay Town: Giddens, Diallo, Williams, Hubble, Ellul, Beavan, Monville (Cojocarel 79) Hubble, Curley (c) Nesbitt, Derry, Akurang (Sodje 46) Unused subs, Edwards, Maitepierre, Sayer
The Blues travel for a first ever league game at Burgess Hill tomorrow. Burgess Hill won Ryman Division One South last season and have made a steady start in this years Premier division. The game will be played in testing conditions with high winds and heavy rain forecast. Burgess Hill sit five points behind the Blues as we near the halfway mark of the season.
The Blues will look to continue their good form which has seen only one defeat in the last eight league games.
It looks as though the Blues will take a somewhat depleted squad tomorrow with Hazlewood (ankle) and Stephenson (hamstring) definitely out having not recovered from injuries. Beavan, Ellul and Akurang are major doubts with knocks picked up last week. Fondop-Talum is also an absentee serving a one match suspension.
International clearance has come through for Alex Maitrepierre and he may well figure as will exciting new addition Quintin Monville. Onome Sodje has returned from his successful loan spell and is available.
Billericay came out on top in a hard fought, end to end, entertaining game at New Lodge.
Harrow started well and had a chance early on when the dangerous Okenabirhie broke clear but Giddens was his match and pulled out a smart save. After this the hosts took the ascendency and put Harrow under a lot of pressure with several dangerous corners and it looked as though the pressure had paid off after some neat one touch play set Derry clear on the right and from his pinpoint cross Fondop-Talum powered home his header but sadly the assistant raised his flag. This was to become a frustration for the home side when several promising attacks were ended with unnecessary offsides.
The next chance for the Blues came when Akurang outpaced his marker but with only Hudnott to beat the keeper did well to send his shot agonisingly past the far post but Billericay didn't have to wait much longer when a screamer of a shot from CONOR HUBBLE from fully 25 yards rocketed into the top corner.
The Blues picked up where they left off and soon had the Harrow rearguard under pressure. A sharp break found Fondop-Talum free and he in turn played a beautiful through ball into the path of Derry who played a cross for CLIFF AKURANG who slid the ball home.
Billericay were now in control but Harrow still carried a threat on the break. Fondop-Talum had a great chance to make the game safe but with virtually the whole goal to hit blazed his shot over the bar. This could have proved costly as Okenabirhie broke clear and slid home in the 87th minute. Soon after Stephenson was carried off with a pulled hamstring and the home defence were all at sea for what seemed an eternity of time added on. Okenabirhie broke clear deep into injury but Jack Giddens pulled out a stunning stop and the last kick of the game brought out another good save from Giddens and the points were safe.
Billericay Town: Giddens, Diallo, Stephenson (Edwards 90) Curley (c) Ellul, Williams, Akurang, Hubble, Derry, Fondop-Talum (Sodje 90) Nesbitt. Unused Subs Monville, Cojocarel, Seyer.
M.O.T.M. Tom Derry
The Blues welcome Harrow Borough tomorrow in a rearranged game with original opponents Grays Athletic still involved in the FA Trophy. Harrow come over on the back of a four match unbeaten run with the last being a victory over National South side Wealdstone.
Billericay are also in a rich vein of form with only 2 defeats in their last 11 league games. It promises to be an exciting game with both teams scoring freely.
George Beavan hasn't recovered from the knock he received at Enfield last week. Louis Hazlewood is still out and Dymon Labonne has returned to Bishops Stortford. We have signed Quentin Monsville who was highly impressive for Clapton in their win over the U/21's in the week. Quentin is a hardworking, very pacy wide player who is equally at home on either side at full back or on the wing.
Welcome to New Lodge Quentin.
Our U/21's were well beaten last night by Essex Senior Side Clapton. Clapton were bigger,stronger and quicker than our young guns. However it was a good experience for the boys on a poor, bobbly pitch and in front of a large, noisy home support.
Tonight we are taking an U/21 squad to Clapton for a friendly match. The game will kick off at 7.45pm Address: The Old Spotted Dog Ground, 212 Upton Lane, Forest Gate, London E7 9NP