2016-17 Fixtures Released
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Town went down 1-0 to title favourites Lowestoft in a very forgetable game last night at New Lodge. Lowestoft started the brighter and dominated the first 10 minutes without troubling Giddens. After this the home side settled and looked the more likely in the first half and Luke and Monville brought out good saves from keeper Jessup. The Blues rearguard with the returning central partnership of Stephenson and Adelowo coped comfortably with anything the visitors had to offer in a quiet first half.
Lowestoft opened the second half well and were soon in the lead when an unmarked Reid headed home Hendersons cross. The blues lost their way and resorted to long aimless balls that were easily dealt with. In the one bright piece of play Cross and Sappleton combined with a clever back heel giving Luke a great chance, Jessup pulled out a good save but it should have been the equaliser. Jarvis then saw a thumping header rebound off of the bar for Lowestoft. The introduction of Gaurilovas, Sarpong and Byrne -Hewitt coincided with Billericay finally playing some good football and Sarpong missed a great chance to equaliser.
Billericay Town: Giddens, Young, Cross, Hazet, Adelowo, Stephenson (Gaurilovas 75), Monville, Hubble, Sappleton (Byrne-Hewitt 67) Oyinsan, Luke (Sarpong 67) Unused subs: Janilionis, Diallo
M.O.T.M. Gabby Adelowo, shored up the defence in a strong performance
Kreshnic Kreshnici serves the first of his three match suspension tonight for his controverial sending off last week at Wingate. Keiran Asumadu-Sakyi is away for a week and unavailable today and Ssaturday. Better news is that Alex Stephenson is fit after missing the opening three games of the season and in contention to start. It will be a good test for the Blues against the early favourites for the title. The clubhouse is open from 6pm for a pre match drink with kick off at 7.45pm.
Our opponents in the 1st qualifying round will be Brightlingsea Regent who saw off Great Wakering 2-1 with a last minute goal yesterday. The tie will take place at Brightlingsea on Saturday September 3rd at 3pm.
Billericay will wonder how they managed to lose a thrilling game at Wheatsheaf Park. Staines started brightly and the dangerous Miller-Rodney struck the post with Giddens beaten. The visitors then got a foothold in the game and started to dominate proceedings. The goal of the game when Sappleton held the ball up well before sweeping the ball out to Monville who in turn whipped in a great far post cross that was met by a bullet header from the fast arriving LUKE to give the visitors the lead.
A second goal looked likely and from a Cross corner Gaurilovas saw his header thump against the crossbar. Very much against the run of play a Miller-Rodney shot was beaten out by Giddens but straight into the path of Haysmen who tapped home to equalise. Two minutes later and Staines took a very fortuitous lead when a mishit hit shot that was going yards wide took a deflection off of Miller-Rodney to give the home side an undeserved half time lead.
The Blues came out full of intention in the second half and it seemed a matter of time before they equalised and the goal duly arrived with a Hubble thunderbolt in the 58th minute. At this stage an away win would have been clear favourite but the visitors shot themselves in the foot by gifting a needless penalty after a rash Janilionis challenge just a minute later. Louis sent Giddens the wrong way to restore the home sides lead. Billericay poured forward looking for the equaliser and Turner made great saves from firstly Monville and then another powerful header from Luke from a wonderful Kesniqi cross. With only a minute remaining Billericay had a great opportunity to take a point when Turner brought down impressive substitute Byrne-Hewitt and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Sappleton stepped up and hit the ball well to Turners right but at a nice height for the keeper to turn it around the post. From the resultant corner Janilionis beat Turner with a header but the ball was cleared off the line, the ball came out to Byrne-Hewitt 10 yards out who's shot once again beat Turner but yet again the shot got cleared off the line. Shortly after the referee blew the final whistle and the three points went to Staines.
Billericay Town: Giddens, Young, Cross, Kresniqi, Janilionis, Gaurilovas, Monville, Hubble, Sappleton, Oyinsan (Byrne-Hewitt 69), Luke. Unused subs Adelowo, Asumadu-Sakyi, Hazet, Diallo
M.O.T.M. Conor Hubble another box to box performance capped with a cracking goal.
Billericay travel to Staines tomorrow looking to keep their unbeaten start to the season. Staines have had an up and down start with a thumping 6-1 win at the Met Police before a 2-0 home reverse to promoted Folkestone Invicta. The Blues will be smarting from their 10 man victory at Wingate.
We have signed 18yo striker Lewis Byrne-Hewitt from Norwich City. Lewis was a youngster with Arsenal before signing for the Canaries at 16. Lewis scored 2 in the win against Chelmsford City in the U/21's last week and was denied a hatrick by the width of the post. Lewis goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's game. Alex Stephenson is still out but Keiran Asumadu-Sakyi is back in the squad after fracturing his arm.
Tyler Brampton has moved to Maldon Town after a 7 day approach from the div 1 side. Also leaving is Abdeen Abdul who has mutually agreed to cancel his contract. Both lads wanted regular first team football which we were unable to offer. We wish the boys well and thank them for their efforts.
Ten men Town put on an heroic show to grab the three points in a game marred by a broken leg injury to Wingate's left back Tommy Cummings. Wingate have unfortunately been involved in broken leg incidents in both their games to date with the same injury happening to Tonbridge's Andre McCollin in their defeat Saturday.
The visitors looked the more likely to break the deadlock in an end to end opening 15 minutes and it was Billericay who deservedly took the lead in the 23rd minute when Sappleton flicked on a Luke cross for MONVILLE to tap in at the far post. As on Saturday the Blues were made to pay by not pressing home their advantage and in injury time of the first half Wingate were gifted an equaliser. Gaurilovas needlessly gave away a corner from which the unmarked Smith headed home.
From the kick off a loose ball ended with wholehearted challenges from Town's Krasniqi and Wingate's Cummings. Krasniqi got their first and clearly won the ball. The was a sickening collision as the Wingate lad got there a little late. The referee Mr.Cartmel who was just yards away with a perfect view instantly gave a Billericay free kick. In the commotion he was surrounded by angry Wingate players who were obviously upset by the injury sustained by their colleague. After 5 or so minutes Mr.Cartmel blew for half time with the stricken Cummings laying prone on the pitch awaiting an ambulance. Incredibly he then produced a red card for Krasniqi despite giving him the free kick. A clearly distraught Krasniqi who had already signalled that he would be unable to continue was made the guilty party for an innocent challenge.
The visitors sacrificed Oyinsan to bring on midfielder Pierre Hazet at the start of the 2nd half. Within minutes a long Giddens clearance found Monville clear but his shot was saved by Gore in the Wingate goal. Hubble then jinked past a couple of challenges and slid the ball past Gore only to see the ball rebound off the post. Although playing with 10 men it was Billericay who looked the more likely winners and they got their noses in front in the 83rd minute when good work from Monville set up a composed finish from HUBBLE. In the final minute Healey had a good chance for Wingate but was thwarted by an excellent Giddens save and the points were safe.
Our best wishes go out to Tommy Cummings and hope he has a full and speedy recovery.
Billericay Town: Giddens, Young, Cross, Krasniqi, Janilionis, Gaurilovas, Monville, Hubble, Sappleton, Oyinsan (Hazet 46), Luke. Unused subs: Adelowo, Brampton, Abdul, Diallo
M.O.T.M. Ricky Sappleton, led the line superbly on his own in a backs to the wall second half.
We have been drawn away to the winners of the tie between Brightlingsea Regent and Great Wakering Rovers in the 1st qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup. The tie will take place on Saturday September 3rd 3pm kick off.
Back row, Kevin Head, Ricky Sappleton, Josh Oyinsan, Kreshnic Krasniqi, Alex Stephenson, Jack Giddens, Rokas Janilionis, Edvardas Gaurilovas, Gabby Adelowo, Abdeen Abdul, Sam Cross, Kevin Shrimpton
Front row, Junior Luke, Alistair Gordon, Conor Hubble, Pierre Hazet, Kevin Ramsay, Craig Edwards, Alex Fiddes, Tyler Brampton, Matt Young, Ibrahima Diallo, Quentin Monville
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Town will be disappointed only picking up a point in a game they dominated against an expensively assembled Merstham side.
The first half started evenly but contoversy came as early as the 15th minute with Merstham striker Cox clearly punching Janlionis in the stomach off the ball with the officials seemingly choosing to ignore it. The next debatable decision came after another rampaging Junior Luke run led to a cross into Monville who was wiped out as he went to shoot but the referee gave a goal kick. The Billericay backline looked solid considering it was there first game together.
Merstham had sporadic breaks but rarely tested Giddens in the home goal.
At the break the Blues replaced Hazet with Kresniqi who was to have a big impact on the game. A cross from Cross left Sappleton with a great chance to open the scoring but Wilson in the Merstham goal smothered his shot. Luke then went on a powerful run and found Monville who was in turn found overlapping debutant Matt Young. Young took the ball into the box and his composed pass picked out OYINSAN who passed the ball into the net. It was a fine team goal that gave the Blues the lead and it looked as though it would be enough to give the home side a deserved three points but in the 82nd minute from a rare Merstham break sub Hector theatrically threw himself to the ground as Janilionis shouldered arms to avoid contact. The referee who had up to this point had a fine game bought the dive and pointed to the spot. Cox sent Giddens the wrong way and it was all square.
There was still time for Monville and Luke to go close but Mertham held out for a point. There were plenty of positives for the Blues going forward in a difficult month of fixtures.
Billericay Town: Jack Giddens (c), Matt Young, Sam Cross, Pierre Hazet (Kreshnic Krasniqi 46), Rokas Janilionis, Edvardas Gaurilovas, Quinten Monville, Conor Hubble, Ricky Sappleton (Abdeen Abdul 85), Josh Oyinsan, Junior Luke (Tyler Brampton 80) Unused subs, Ibrahima Diallo, Gabby Adelowo
M.O.T.M Josh Oyinsan, tireless display and a well deserved goal.
Prior to our opening game of the season tomorrow at home to Merstham we have added four quality new signings. Centre back pairing from Lithuania Rokas Janilionis and Edvardas Gaurilovas who played professionally back home have shown their qualities in recent pre-season friendlies. Matt Young a 22yo right back who was a professional for two years with Premiership giants Southampton. Lastly 18yo central midfielder Lartey Sarpong joins from Notts County. All are likely to figure tomorrow. Welcome to the club boys.
Less good news are injuries to Alex Stephenson, Will Putt, Jose Figura and Kieran Asumadu-Sakyi which are likely to keep them out for a few weeks. Today we received international clearance for Kresh Kresniqi but are still waiting on the same for Lloyd Ross.
Kick off is at 3pm and the bar opens at 12pm for pre-match refreshments.