Match Preview; Blues v Bognor Regis Town

Blues welcome Bognor to New Lodge for National Non League day

Rodgers & Benjamin re-sign for Blues

Edwards reviews first 6 games

Billericay Town welcome Bognor Regis Town to New Lodge on Saturday looking for their first win in 3 weeks as they attempt to climb up the Ryman League table.

The Blues are now 4 weeks into life back in the Ryman League and boss Craig Edwards took time to reflect on the first month of the season.

‘The game on Sunday at Grays magnified our season so far. We’ve not been consistent from game to game or even during games, but that’s to be expected with a new squad. We’ve lost 2 games by the odd goal, but have dominated in those games for long periods’

‘During pre season we thought that the midfield looked the most stable part of our new squad, but to be honest that has been the poorest part so far’

He continued ‘If you take the Hornchurch game as an example we just didn’t look strong enough both mentally and physically. We have a very talented group of players who are improving game by game, but we need to be stronger so we are looking to address that’

Edwards has strengthened his squad this week and is delighted to re-sign former players Paul Rodgers and Joe Benjamin following their release from St Neots Town.

‘I’m so delighted that we have Paul and Joe back at the club. Paul was without doubt the most talented right back in the Conference South last season and will undoubtedly improve us. Joe loves the club to bits and it’s great to get him back too. It wasn’t until he had gone that we realised what a big loss he was in and around the club. He is a player who I trust both on and off the pitch and always gives his best so I’m really pleased to have him back’

The Blues boss also took time to explain his recent decision to change Goalkeepers.

‘Releasing Andy Young was the toughest decision I’ve had to make since I’ve been at the club. He’s been brilliant for us since he joined and I just wish we would have had him last season as we were crying out for some stability in goal. But when I got a call from Billy Lumley saying that he was leaving Maidenhead it was just too good an opportunity to turn down. He’s a quality Keeper with a proven track record at Conference level and it was the right decision for the team and the club to bring him in place of Andy’

Billericay welcome Junior Luke back into the squad for the visit of Bognor after the winger completed 60 minutes in Tuesday evening’s friendly victory at Romford. Ricky Sappleton is expected to continue up front ahead of his upcoming one game suspension.

Saturday is National Non League day. This annual event co-incides with the Premier League’s break for international games with great emphasis placed on attracting Premier League attendees to taste the action at their local Non League club. As an incentive the Blues are offering reduced admission for all Premier League season ticket holders.

Bognor currently stand above the Blues in 14th place in the league. They recorded a thumping 5-0 victory over the local rivals Canvey Island last Saturday.

Kick off is at 15.00

Admission is £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for under 16’s

Premier League season ticket holders can gain entry for just £5 (by showing their season ticket at the turnstiles) with accompanying under 16’s getting in for free.

Last time v Bognor

17/04/10; Blues 1 (Danny Charge) Bognor Regis Town 0

Blues last 6 games                                               

01/09/13; Grays Athletic 2 Blues 2

26/08/13; Blues 2 Hornchurch 2

20/08/13; Maidstone Utd 2 Blues 1

17/08/13; Blues 3 Thamsemead 2

13/08/13; Blues 0 East Thurrock Utd 1

10/08/13; Harrow Borough 1 Blues 1        

 

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