Two men in search of the beautiful game.
Billericay Town were fortunate enough to be visited by The Beautiful Game. Two avid football fans travelling the country watching football at all levels and sharing their story with fellow football fans.
Please have a lok at their blog from the South Park game. They can also be followed on Twitter - @BeautifulGame15.
Thank you for your visit fellas and we hope to see you again soon.
Tuesday 28 February 2017 – Ryman Premier League
Enfield Town 2 - Billericay Town 2
Billericay took a hard-earned point away from Enfield Town’s Queen Elizabeth II Stadium but will once again consider that the rub of the green didn’t go their way at key points in the game.
Town boss Craig Edwards made two changes to the side that had beaten Hendon with Alex Stephenson, who had been recalled from a loan spell at Bishops Stortford, replacing the suspended Joe Ellul and new signing Mekhi McLeod replacing Lewis Taaffe who was suffering from a heavy cold.
Billericay made a fast start to the game as Johnson drew a good save from Nathan McDonald after some impressive wing play from McLeod. Cunnington then burst through the heart of the hosts’ defence but his shot was blocked for a corner. They took the lead in the fourth minute as CUNNINGTON latched on to an excellent cross from Seymour to score his fifth goal in only his sixth start for the Club. McLeod was proving to be a tricky customer for the Towners’ back-line as he fired a shot over the bar following a jinking run.
The Blues’ fans hoped that the game’s key moment had arrived in the 17th minute after the impressive Ottaway had hammered a shot against Julian’s post for Enfield Town, Billericay immediately countered and MCLEOD outstripped the home side’s defence before blasting an unstoppable shot beyond McDonald. In fact, the game changed three minutes later – Oliyide was brought down by Stephenson who was dismissed by the referee, considering that Oliyide had been denied a goal-scoring opportunity despite the winger appearing to have lost control of the ball. In a repeat of the Cup game against South Park, Billericay conceded from the resulting free-kick with Joseph converting Ottaway’s cross although this time the goal was far more contentious as Joseph was clearly in an off-side position as he side-footed the ball home.
Billericay looked rattled as they struggled to adapt to being a man down and Enfield Town fashioned a few chances before they equalised on 33 minutes. Kiangebeni swung in a cross from the left-hand side and Oliyide was unmarked in the penalty area to comfortably head past Julian. The remainder of the half belonged to the home side although Matt Johnson did send a pile driver of an effort just over the bar.
Billericay replaced the unfortunate Bricknell with Krasniqi at half time and this gave the visitors a much more compact shape to work from but Enfield Town continued to put The Blues under pressure as they cleverly used the whole width of the pitch to make the most of their man advantage. Swaine and Seymour made excellent challenges to deny Oliyide and Muleba respectively but it did seem as if Julian’s goal was living a charmed life as chances came and went for the hosts. Julian himself was in fine form and he made several good saves to maintain parity and as the half went on it appeared that Billericay’s stoic defending had seen off the hosts as both sides tired on the heavy surface.
Billericay had a golden opportunity to snatch an unlikely win deep into stoppage time as the tireless Cunnington fed substitute Chris Assombalonga in the inside right channel but he smashed his shot into the side-netting.
Blues: Julian, Diallo, Fitzsimons, Eyong (Assombalonga), Swaine, Stephenson, McLeod (Layne), Johnson, Bricknell (Krasniqi), Cunnington, Seymour. SNU: Giddens.
Town Crier MoTM: Adam Cunnington
Isthmian League Premier Division. Tuesday 28 February 2017.
For the first 20 minutes it looked like Billericay Town would dominate and go on to take all three points as they continued to attack with pace and purpose.
Adam Cunnington opened the scoring with only 4 minutes gone. New signing Mekhi McLeod make an immediate impact constantly going passed his marker and causing problems. Mekhi doubled the scoring in the 17th minute going passed one of the hosts defenders who appeared to give up. McLeod shot at goal as the sprawling keeper watched the ball go over him and in.
Only a few minutes later Enfield had an attack on goal. Alex Stephenson, recalled from his loan at Bishop’s Stortford, was judged to have taken down the player and also of being the last man. He was shown the red card. The resulting free-kick resulted in Enfield’s first goal.
The hosts pulled the score level just after the half hour mark.
Enfield Town continued to pile pressure on Billericay who held firm, with Enfield reduced to a few chances without being able to score. Alan Julian pulled off 4 or 5 great saves.
Town, playing in orange, started to threaten the hosts goal for the last 10-15 minutes and could have scored the winner when Chris Assombalonga found himself unmarked in the area, only to see his shot skim the outside of the post.
Julian, Diallo, Fitzsimons, Eyong (Assombalonga), Swaine, Johnson, McLeod 1 (Layne), Stephenson, Bricknell (Krasniqi), Cunnington 1, Seymour
MOTM: Alan Julian
Harlow Town v Billericay Town
Isthmian League Premier Division. Saturday 4 March 2017, 3:00pm
Blues fans will be looking forward to another Essex Derby this weekend. Travelling support should be aware that there are no trains between Billericay and London Liverpool Street over the weekend.
Billericay Town v AFC Sudbury
Isthmian Development League North Division
Town’s Under 21’s are currently top of the North Division whilst AFC Sudbury have plenty of games in hand, which, if they win them all means they can win the league.
The Blues are happy to have signed Mekhi McLeod from Eastleigh.
The pacey winger has played at youth level for Fulham, Wolves and in Scotland for Rangers before joining Ware, VCD Athletic and Eastleigh.
Mekhi will hopefully be available for the trip to Enfield Town.
Isthmian League Premier Division. Tuesday 28 February 2017.
The Blues make a midweek trip in to London to visit Enfield Town on Tuesday night.
Enfield Town F.C. was formed in 2001 and joined the Essex Senior League. Their first competitive match was at nearby Gardiners Lane, home of Basildon United. Enfield Town won the match, which I witnessed (and wrote the matchday programme).
They were promoted to Isthmian League Premier Division at the end of the 2011-12 season by beating Grays Athletic and Needham Market in the Division 1 North play-offs. This was the season that Billericay Town won the Isthmian Premier and were promoted to the Conference South.
Enfield have won 2 of their last 5 matches, 3 in the last 10. The most recent victory was a 3-1 away win at Worthing. On Saturday they made the long journey in to Suffolk only to be beaten by Lowestoft Town.
The Towners are currently sitting 8th, two places and three points ahead of The Blues.
The two clubs haven’t met yet this season. The first meeting between the two was at New Lodge in the Third Qualifying Round of the 2012-13 FA Trophy. Jay May, Glenn Poole and Rob Swaine all scored for The Blues as they progressed with a 3-2 win.
2012-13: BTFC 3 ETFC 2
2013-14: ETFC 1 BTFC 2, BTFC 0 ETFC 2
2014-15: BTFC 5 ETFC 0, ETFC 4 BTFC 0
2015-16: BTFC 3 ETFC 0, BTFC 1 ETFC 1, ETFC 2 BTFC 0, ETFC 2 BTFC 2
Head to Head
The two clubs have met 9 times with The Blues winning four, Enfield winning three and two draws. Billericay have scored 16 times against Enfield whilst conceding 14.
Joe Ellul is serving a ban having been sent off against South Park whilst Rob Swaine’s fitness is in doubt. As such Alex Stephenson has been recalled from his loan at Bishop’s Stortford.
Tambeson Eyong is suffering with the flu so is also doubtful
Donkey Lane, Enfield, Greater London, EN1 3PL
www.enfieldtownfootballclub.co.uk | @ETFCUnofficial
The Met Office are forecasting rain in Enfield for much of Monday and again during Tuesday afternoon.
Can’t Make It?
As always Blues fans that use Twitter can keep up with the action by following @BTFCNews and/or @IndyBlues2016.
We are pleased to announce that there will be a coach available for supporters for our Trophy Final appearance on 12th April 2017.
The details are as follows:
Date: Wednesday 12th April 2017.
Time leaving New Lodge: (tba)
Time leaving venue: (tba)
Costs: Adults £15
Children (u16’s): £8
When booking your seat(s), please leave your name, contact details (e mail address and/or mobile phone number) and the number of seats you wish to book.
When we have more details regarding the venue, we will then have more of an idea regarding departure times. These will be published on our website, twitter account and Facebook account as well as notification of confirmation of your booking.
Eastern Regional Premier League. Sunday 26 February 2017.
The Ladies Team carried on their good run of form as they beat Writtle 4-0 this afternoon, ending a largely victorious weekend for the club.
Everyone linked to Billericay Town Football Club would like to wish Kim Coster a happy birthday.
Billericay Town v Writtle
Eastern Regional Premier League. Sunday 5 March 2017, 2:00pm.
It’s Writtle’s turn to be visitors next weekend and Billericay welcome them to New Lodge.
Congratulations to Jack Giddens, voted February 2017 Player of the Month by Blues fans.
Jack was presented the award by his sponsor, and club legend, Ron Symes. Thanks to Gary Clark for the photo.
Saturday 25 February 2017 – Ryman Premier League
Billericay Town 4 – Hendon 1
Billericay made it seven wins from their last eight games as they powered past Hendon in front of a bumper New Lodge crowd.
The Blues made a couple of changes from the side that had reached the final of the Alan Turvey Trophy in midweek with Captain Rob Swaine returning from injury and the industrious Abs Seymour coming back into midfield.
Hendon made a bright start which belied their league position and forced Alan Julian into some early action. Firstly, the big ‘keeper did well to block Charles’ shot after he had cut inside Diallo and then he dived full length to push Barrington’s drive from the edge of the box behind for a corner.
Billericay punished Hendon for their profligacy in front of goal in the 12th minute. Taaffe sent a free-kick into the box, which the Hendon defence failed to clear and SWAINE reacted first as the ball bounced around and he drilled his shot home from ten yards. Billericay were now on their way and Greens’ keeper Tom Lovelock made a good save from Bricknell’s shot after Seymour’s lung-busting run and cross had set him up.
BRICKNELL did get his goal after 21 minutes and again Seymour was at the heart of the action. His deep cross from the left flank was headed back across goal by Taaffe and Bricknell was on the spot to head home from six yards. Hendon almost pulled one back straight away but McLeod-Urquhart’s shot was brilliantly saved by Julian. Hendon did bundle the ball into the net from the resulting corner but it was disallowed as Lee had fouled The Blues’ stopper.
Billericay added a third after 28 minutes as Abs Seymour’s corner from the right-hand side caused panic in the Hendon penalty area. Again, it was a Billericay player who reacted first to the loose ball, this time it was BRICKNELL who finished emphatically from close range.
The Blues made a strong start to the second half and Bricknell almost completed his hat-trick but he scuffed his effort and Lovelock was able to make the save. Lewis Taaffe then got on the end of a Johnson long throw but his powerful shot was blocked behind for a corner. Billericay scored a fourth after 66 minutes as Tambeson Eyong collected the ball from a Bricknell header and drove into the box before squaring to CUNNINGTON who was left with a simple tap-in.
To their credit, Hendon kept going and they got on the scoresheet two minutes later. Julian did well to push away a strong shot from Stanislaus but it fell nicely for Barrington who was on hand to side foot home the rebound.
Billericay were content to manage the game out now although Julian made another good save when Hendon sub Kezie Ibe was put through. The last chance of the game was Billericay’s as Eyong played the ball into the Hendon box and Rumens badly sliced his attempted clearance but Lovelock saved his blushes as he managed to back pedal and tip the ball over the bar.
Blues: Julian, Diallo, Fitzsimons, Eyong, Swaine (Moore), Ellul, Taaffe, Johnson, Bricknell (Layne), Cunnington, Seymour. SNU: Krasniqi, Assombalonga, Giddens.
Attendance: 561 Town Crier MoTM: Billy Bricknell
Isthmian League Premier Division. Saturday 25 February 2017.
Town are now the form team in the division with a comfortable 4-1 home victory against Hendon.
Rob Swaine opened the scoring with great control and finish in a crowded penalty area.
A Billy Bricknell double ended a dominant first half for The Blues and this continued when Adam Cunnington stretched out a leg to make it 4-0 in the second half.
Hendon’s possession improved and they attempted to put the pressure on the home side. They did squeeze a header past Alan Julian to pull a goal back but their pressure was not enough to score again.
Julian, Diallo, Fitzsimons, Eyong, Swaine 1 (Moore), Ellul, Taaffe, Johnson, Bricknell 2 (Layne), Cunnington 1, Seymour
SNU: Krasniqi, Assombalonga, Giddens
Enfield Town v Billericay Town
Isthmian League Premier Division. Tuesday 28 February 2017, 7:45pm.
Town travel in to London as the two clubs meet for the first time this season.