Essex Women’s Cup, Semi-Final. Sunday 19 February 2017.
Congratulations to Billericay Town Ladies who today beat Little Thurrock Dynamoes 4-1 in the semi-final of the BBC Essex Women’s Cup at New Lodge.
They will play holders C&K Basildon who beat Writtle 8-0 in the other semi-final.
The final will be played at AFC Hornchurch, London on Thursday 13 April 2017, 7:30pm.
Saturday 18 February 2017 – Ryman Premier League
Grays Athletic 1 – Billericay Town 0
Billericay were brought back down to earth with a bump as a last minute free-kick meant that Ryman Premier basement dwellers Grays Athletic ended their six-match unbeaten run.
The Blues had signed vastly experienced goalkeeper Alan Julian from Bromley in the week and he was the only change from the side that had dismantled Needham Market. The game was to be Billericay’s last fixture at Aveley’s Mill Field ground with the host’s landlords set to relocate in the summer.
Grays made the early running and Joe Ellul had to be alive as he blocked Bishop’s left foot shot. Play soon became increasingly scrappy with Grays content to take plenty of time over each restart meaning the game struggled to get any real flow to it. Cunnington found Taaffe after some good hold-up play and his right-wing cross was deflected behind for a corner. Fitzsimons met Seymour’s set-piece powerfully but his header was acrobatically pushed on to the bar by Tangara. Grays almost took the lead when Baxter broke clear but Julian managed to deny the striker twice, firstly from his initial effort and then smothering the rebound. Billericay were relying on long balls up to Cunnington and set-pieces for their main attacking threats and they almost took the lead after 35 minutes when Williams-Agunabor inadvertently flicked Krasniqi’s long throw towards his own goal but fortunately for the central defender it passed just wide of the post.
Billericay started the second half a little brighter as Bricknell headed a Taaffe free-kick over and Taaffe himself drove a shot wide. Grays were unlucky not to score after 58 minutes when Baxter’s 25-yard thunderbolt crashed back off Julian’s crossbar. Town introduced Layne and Assombalonga into the action and this seemed to liven things up for The Blues as they began to take more of a foothold in the game. Billericay came close midway through the half when Cunnington glanced Taaffe’s cross on to the post with Layne’s follow-up effort deflected over the bar for a corner. Ellul then had a header cleared off the line by Payne and Eyong had a decent penalty shout turned down after he appeared to be fouled just inside the area. Ellul saw another effort shave the post as Billericay upped the pressure on the home defence.
As the game entered the final minute Grays were awarded a free-kick for handball 20 yards out after Johnson had rushed out to block a shot. Kwabena Osei stepped up and hit it superbly over the wall and into the corner giving Julian no chance. Billericay kept going until the end but it was not to be and they will look to make amends in their Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
Blues: Julian, Eyong, Fitzsimons, Seymour, Swaine, Ellul, Taaffe, Johnson, Bricknell (Assombalonga), Cunnington, Krasniqi (Layne). SNU: Diallo, Moore, Giddens.
Attendance: 277 Blues MoTM: Joe Ellul
Isthmian League, Premier Division. Saturday 18 February 2017.
It has now been 16 years since Town had an away win against Grays Athletic. Despite Town hitting the woodwork twice and Grays having a shot hit the bar neither team could break the deadlock until the 90th minute when a great free-kick gave the hosts the win and all three points.
Julian, Tambeson, Fitzsimons, Seymour, Swaine, Ellul, Taafe, Johnson, Bricknell (Assombalonga), Cunnington, Krasniqi (Layne).
Subs: Diallo, Moore, Giddens
Billericay Town v South Park
Isthmian League Cup, Semi-Final. Tuesday 21 February 2017, 7:45pm.
The Blues host Isthmian League South One club South Park in the semi-final of the league cup. Tonbridge Angels host Dulwich Hamlet in the other semi-final.
Billericay Town v Little Thurrock Dynamoes
Essex Senior Cup, Semi-Final. Sunday 22 February 2017, 1:30pm
The Ladies team are also hosting a cup semi-final as nearby neighbours Little Thurrock Dynamoes. Writtle are facing canvey-based C&K Basildon in the other semi-final.
Isthmian League Premier Division. Saturday 18 February 2017, 3:00pm.
The Blues make the short trip in to Aveley this weekend to make what could be their last appearance and Mill Field before Grays’ landlords move to their new home.
Town head in to the match as one of the form teams in the division, unbeaten in their last five league matches, winning the last four.
Grays currently sit bottom of the league table having won two matches in the last ten, both very respectable away victories. The first was at Folkestone, and the last at league leaders Bognor Regis Town.
The two clubs last met at New Lodge in November. Town won 2-0 thanks to a brace from Goldy Capela.
Town’s last two league matches away to Grays have ended in 2-0 wins for the hosts.
It appears that Billericay Town and Grays Athletic first faced each other in a competitive fixture during the 1977-78 season. Town had stepped up to the Athenian League from the Essex Senior League that season whilst Grays had been members since 1958.
The two clubs met four times that season, the first was in Thurrock on 6 September where a Billy Bingham goal was enough for Town to record a 1-0 victory.
The next was an F.A. Vase match in January when a crowd of 1,791 packed New Lodge to see Billericay Town win 2-1 thanks to goals from Ricky McQueen and Doug Young.
The home league fixture ended in a 1-1 draw. Freddie Clayden scored Town’s goal in front of 1,001 fans.
The last meeting, and penultimate match of Town’s season, was the Athenian League Cup Final. Geoff Aslett and Freddie Clayden scored Billericay’s goals in a 2-1 victory.
Grays ended the season in third place with Billericay Town being crowned as champions, a feat they would repeat the following season. They also ended the 1977-78 with the Essex Senior Trophy and Essex Floodlight Cup Champions.
Blues legend, and Hall of Famer, Freddie Clayden ended as top scorer with 45 goals in all competitions.
Head to Head
A very quick look at the records suggests that the two teams have met competitively on 39 occasions with Town winning 19, Grays 14 and 6 draws.
Sapps and Quentin are still out. Luke Moore and Olly Sprague will have fitness tests prior to the match. Rob Swaine is doubtful but, new signing. Alan Julian is in the squad.
Grays play at Field Mill, Mill Road, Aveley RM15 4SR.
Billericay Town are pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Alan Julian from Bromley.
Alan progressed through the ranks at Brentford to play in the first team there before moving to Stevenage where he played nearly 150 matches. He went on to play for Gillingham, Newport County, Dartford, Sutton United and then Bromley.
Wednesday 15 February 2017 – Ryman Premier League
Billericay Town 6 – Needham Market 0
Billericay’s resurgence continued apace as they swept aside title-chasing Suffolk side Needham Market with an imperious performance.
Danny Fitzsimons replaced the injured Ollie Sprague in the only change to the weekend’s starting line-up as Billericay sought to make it five straight wins in a fixture that was rearranged from December after the original game fell victim to fog.
Billericay made another rapid start and they nearly scored within a minute as Krasniqi cut inside from the left flank and found Bricknell whose left foot shot was scrambled away by veteran Needham ‘keeper Danny Gay down by his post. It was the briefest of respites for the visitors as they failed to properly clear a corner and Abs SEYMOUR took full advantage as the ball game back to him, rifling home from 12 yards. Taaffe was unlucky not to add to The Blues lead when a defender somehow managed to get his effort over the bar following a quick counter-attack. Needham had a brief spell of pressure and Eyong covered across well from full-back to deny Dobson a sight of goal and they saw another cross-shot fizz across the face of Giddens’ goal.
It was a case of déjà vu for The Marketmen’s defence on 34 minutes as they again couldn’t deal with a Billericay corner and after a spell of head-tennis the ball fell to Rob SWAINE who volleyed powerfully into the back of the net. Bricknell had a header deflected on to the post before Billericay added to their advantage with CUNNINGTON stealing in between two Needham defenders six yards out to head home Taaffe’s right-wing cross to score his first Billericay goal.
The Blues’ domination was almost total by now and they added a fourth just before half time. Seymour’s slide-rule pass found BRICKNELL and the in-form striker crashed the ball past Gay from the edge of the box.
Billericay started the second half well with Swaine having a header blocked from a corner, and Taaffe and Johnson both having attempts at goal. Krasniqi had a fierce shot blocked by Gay and Bricknell uncharacteristically rolled the rebound wide of the post. There were a couple of other near misses as both Krasniqi and Cunnington were narrowly off-target with the visitors by now struggling to get out of their own half.
A fifth Billericay goal seemed inevitable and it arrived after 72 minutes when Taaffe lofted a free-kick into the box and CUNNINGTON rose highest to head home. ‘Ricay added a sixth as Isaac LAYNE, who put in an impressive cameo performance, danced through The Marketmen’s defence before shooting past the helpless Gay. There was still time for Cunnington to shoot narrowly wide and it was somewhat ironic that the last chance of the game fell to Needham’s Reece Dobson but Giddens made a comfortable save.
Blues: Giddens, Eyong, Fitzsimons, Seymour, Swaine, Ellul, Taaffe (Diallo), Johnson, Bricknell (Assombalonga), Cunnington, Krasniqi (Layne). SNU: Farquharson
Attendance: 401 Blues MoTM: Abs Seymour
Isthmian League, Premier Division. Wednesday 15 February 2017.
A crowd of 401 turned out to see Town take on second place Needham Market tonight. Most were expecting a close match and didn’t see the scoreline coming even after Abs Seymour opened the scoring with only 4 minutes gone, a low drive beating the visiting keeper.
Rob Swaine doubled the score half an hour later to cap the pressure the Blues had been putting on the Needham defence. Five minutes later Adam Cunnington scored his first goal for the club, a header to cap Lewis Taaffe’s cross.
Billy Bricknell made it four just before half time and the Blues were comfortable.
The second half continued in very much the same way, Town attacking with pace and style. Some great passing moves were on display as more and more chances were presented to the attacking side.
With 72 minutes gone Adam Cunnington scored another headed goal to make it 5-0.
With three minutes left substitute Isaac Layne picked the ball up and run past four defenders before shooting back across goal to make it 6-0.
Hopefully a full, and far more detailed, report will follow.
Giddens, Eyong, Fitzsimons, Seymour, Swaine 1, Ellul, Taaffe (Diallo), Johnson, Dunnington 2, Bricknell 1 (Assombalonga), Krasniqi (Layne 1)
Grays Athletic v Billericay Town
Isthmian League, Premier Division. Saturday 18 February 2017, 3:00pm
Isthmian League, Development League North Division, Tuesday 14 February 2017.
The Under 21's ran out 5-1 victors in Hertfordshire tonight. This leaves them 10 points clear at the top of the table with four matches left to play. Goals came from Cani 3, Layne and Elsom.
Isthmian League, Premier Division. Wednesday 15 February 2017, 7:45pm.
This Wednesday evening Billericay Town will face promotion chasing Needham Market.
This fixture was originally scheduled for the Friday evening prior to New Year but the fog, which had sat over the area all that day, was too heavy for the match to go ahead.
Second placed Needham sit three points behind Bognor Regis. On Saturday they were beaten 4-3 at Worthing, this was preceeded by a 2-1 home win against Kingstonian and an excellent 3-1 away victory at fellow promotion hopefuls Havant & Waterlooville.
Needham Market have been members of the Isthmian League for 7 years now, they are currently in their second season at this level. Billericay and Needham first met last season, on Tuesday 11 August 2015, at New Lodge where a crowd of 248 saw Tom Derry score his first goal for the club in what ended as a 1-1 draw.
The return leg, in October 2015, finished in a marvellous 3-1 victory for The Blues thanks to a hat-trick scored by Teddy Nesbitt.
The clubhouse will be open from 6:00pm
Both Ricky Sappleton and Quentin Monville are still out with knee injuries. Luke Moore will also miss out.
With the match being played the evening after Valentine’s Day Billericay Town don’t want to separate fans from their loved ones so soon. Any fan paying to get in to the match will be able to take their partner in to the match for free.
Can’t Make It?
Twitter users can keep up with the action by following @BTFCNews, @IndyBlues2016 and @BTFCUnofficial. Mobile coverage in Billericay has been intermittent since the power cuts this weekend so updates may not be consistent.
There are also Twitter feeds on both the Official and Unofficial sites.
As ever you can purchase you’re 50/50 tickets from Keith who will be standing just by the turnstiles.
Tickets cost £1.00 each with the winner getting half the money taken. The other half goes to the club.
The Met Office is forecasting some rain in the early hours and a shower in the afternoon of tomorrow. Apart from that it should just be overcast.