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Tomorrow the Blues travel to Merstham for our return fixture after a 1-1 draw here at New Lodge on the opening day of the season.
It's been a memorable week for Merstham with a giant killing victory over National League South giants Ebbsfleet in the F.A.Cup. This was followed up with being drawn in a glamorous 1st Round tie at home to Oxford United and the fantastic news that it will be televised live on BT Sport. Sandwiched inbetween was a 3-1 home win against Folkestone in the league.
Our ten match undeated run was ended by Maidstone United last week in the FA Cup in an impressive but ultimately losing performance. The Blues will be hoping to get back to winning ways in an exciting looking match.
The Blues have a fully fit squad available for tomorrows game.
Billericay Town 4-1 Brightlingsea Regent
Our development squad strengthened their grip at the top of the division with a 4-1 victory in a scrappy game that probably flattered the Blues slightly. However the game had some wonderful goals none more so than the opener, a rocket shot from 25 yards from LLOYD ROSS. Brightlingsea equalised just after the break with another fine goal but the Blues soon regained the lead after the best bit of football of the night saw ERNEST OKOH score. Brightlingsea then missed a penalty before the game was wrapped up with late goals from the returning LEWIS BYRNE-HEWITT and BRANDON DIAU.
Billericay Town: Amande, Luke, Putt, Sarpong, Adelowo, Hazet, Ross, Campbell (Byrne-Hewitt 71), Diau, Critchell (Lubona 55), Okoh (George 85)
Maidstone United 3-1 Billericay Town
The Blues bowed out of the FA Cup on Saturday but with their heads held high after matching their National League opponents for much of the game. The Blues were cheered on in great numbers by a loud and passionate following.
It was Maidstone who started the stronger and twice Jack Giddens had to be on his toes to thwart early chances for the home side. The visitors grew into the game and except for the enormous throws of Flischer Maidstone posed little threat. The Blues were looking more and more dangerous with their breaks. A barnstorming run from Sappleton ended when his attempted 1-2 with Cundle would have set him free but Cundle had an extra touch and the chance was gone. Krasniqi had a shot whistle past the upright in the 30th minute as a giant killing began to look more likely. Against the run of play Maidstone took a 39th minute lead. Flischer broke free but was thwarted by a Giddens who smothered his shot, with the danger looking to be over Flischer turned the ball in from what looked an impossible angle.
The visitors started the second half much the better and there followed a 10 minute period of sustained pressure that saw Gaurilovas blast over when well placed and several goalmouth scrambles that had the Maidstone rearguard looking shaky. Once again though it was Maidstone who scored when the visitors looked the more likely. From a missed chance keeper Worgan hoisted the ball clear, Sappleton and Sweeney competed but the ball ran loose to Flischer with the Blues lacking cover, Flischer finished with aplomb and it was 2-0. The goal unsettled Billericay and within minutes it was 3-0 when a long throw bounce across the area and Murphy scored with a spectacular overhead kick. To their credit the valient Blues kept coming and five minutes later Lokku flattened Cundle and the referee pointed to the spot. SAPPLETON confidently stroked the ball home and it was game on again. The final twenty minutes saw the Blues camped in the Maidstone half but despite several goalmouth scrambles the ball just didnt run kindly for Town. The closest the visitors came was from a wicked Cross cross Sappleton just couldnt connect when any contact would surely have brought the second. From a Krasniqi throw the ball ran along the six yard box with no one on hand to poke home. Krasniqi then rounded the keeper but ran out of pitch as he looked certain to score. From another quality Sam Cross ball, Monville had two attempts that were blocked before substitute Capela had a goalbound shot blocked. For their part Maidstone were looking dangerous on the break as the visitors threw more and more bodies forward trying to get back into the game.
At the end of the game the Blues players sank to their knees but were soon lifted by their magnificent support who definitely won the battle of the terrace singing. It was on the day a great victory for the club although a defeat for the team.
Billericay Town: Giddens, Diallo, Cross, Gaurilovas, Sappleton, Stephenson (Diau 64), Monville, Hubble, Cundle (Capela 77), Krasniqi, Luke (Guthny 77) Unused Subs; Adelowo, Hazet, Banya, Putt
M.O.T.M. Sam Cross, fautless defensively and a number of quality crosses into the box
Tomorrow sees us embark on our first FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round tie in nine years when we travel to National League side Maidstone United. Although massive underdogs we go into the game high on confidence after going ten games unbeaten, including nine wins. Maidstone however come into the game on the back of three defeats having conceded ten goals in the process. A bumper crowd is expected beefed up by a large and noisy Billericay contigent who will be hoping for a major giant killing.
There are no fresh injury worries or suspensions and the Blues have a full strength squad to pick from. Josh Oyinsan has gone on a months loan to Thamesmead Town to get some needed game time.
Harrow 0-0 Billericay Town
Harrow ended Towns nine match winning run in a scrappy game that neither side did enough to win. Chances were at a premium at either end as Jack Giddens did excellently pushing away the one clear chance for Harrow in the first half. Billericay's only on target effort was a Krasniqi snapshot effort that the keeper saved comfortably.
The second half followed suit. The Blues started brightly but didn't really test the Harrow keeper. Giddens was sharply off of his line to deny Leicester City target Meite and a Guthmy header off of the line were the only time the homesters threatened. Town almost won it in injury time when Cundle's header struck the bar.
The positives that the Blues can draw is extending the unbeaten run to ten games and also a third consecutive clean sheet in the league. Both sides can now focus on their lucrative FA Cup 4th Qualifying Rounds next week.
Billericay Town: Giddens, Diallo, Cross, Guarilovas, Sappleton, Stephenson, Monville (Banya 75th), Hubble, Cundle, Krasniqi, Guthmy (Luke) Subs, Adelowo, Hazet, Diao, Oyinsan
M.O.T.M. Ibrahim Diallo strong, solid performance and kept the Harrow danger man quiet.
Tomorrow we travel to Harrow Borough in search of an incredible tenth successive victory. Harrow like us have reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup. They currently sit in 21st position in the league table with three wins, two draws and five defeats in their ten games. They are a bit of a Jekyl and Hyde side as their last two games have shown, a 5-0 defeat at Merstham followed by a 4-1 win at Dulwich. Last season saw us win at home by 2-1 but lose by the same scoreline in the reverse fixture.
Other than the long term injury to Lewis Byrne-Hewitt the Blues only doubt is Ibrahim Diallo. New signings Brandon Diao and Charles Banya are both included in the squad.
Our young guns sealed a great week for the club by climbing to the top of the league with a fine 2-0 win over a spirited Thamesmead Town here at New Lodge last night.
Craig has won the September Ryman Manager of the Month award after the Blues recorded a perfect seven wins in seven games. He will be measured up for a new suit in the coming weeks thanks to the Ryman League's unique sponsorship deal with the Surrey-based bespoke tailors Nicholas Rowe.
Tilbury 1-1 Billericay Town (2-4 pens)
The Blues racked up their 9th consecutive win at Tilbury last night after a penalty shootout with four out of four immaculate spot kicks to progress into the last 16 of The Alan Turvey Trophy, the league cup. Billericay made six changes from Saturdays FA Cup win retaining only the back five.
It was a poor first half from Billericay who hardly troubled Butcher in the Tilbury goal at all. In the 43rd minute Jaggs gave the home side a well deserved interval lead. It was a different Billericay that reappeared after the break and one we have become accustomed to seeing in recent weeks. It was no surprise when in the 52nd minute Guthmy headed a trademark Monville cross in for his first goal for the club. Despite dominating the second half the closest the visitors came to a second was in injury time when a Sappleton header drew a fantastic full length save out of Butcher.
In the shootout Tilbury opened the scoring, Sappleton scored, Tilbury struck the bar with their second spot kick. Guthmy scored, Giddens pulled out a great save for Tilbury's third pen, Stephenson scored, Tilbury scored and Greg Cundle arrowed his penalty into the top corner to give Billericay the win 4-2.
Billericay Town: Giddens, Diallo, Cross, Hazet (Krasniqi 76), Sappleton, Stephenson, Bakare (Monville 46), Adelowo, Capela, Oyinsan (Cundle 46), Guthmy Subs Hubble, Luke
M.O.T.M. Sam Cross, one of the few that performed in the first half and delivered a host of quality crosses in the second.
Billericay Town Supporters Coach to
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
Saturday 15th October 3pm Kick-off
The BTSA are proud to announce we are running a Supporters Coach to this fixture
Coach Departs New Lodge 12:30pm - Maidstone United by 5:15pm
Fares Adults £10* - Seniors 65+ £6.50* - Under 18’s or Valid Student ID £6.50*
* STAFF Members £1 discount on above fares (so £9 or £5.50).
Please show your STAFmbership card to obtain the discount.
To book your place:
Call Andy Butt - 07913 913 774
See Emma Clark at our Tilbury or Harrow Borough Away games.
With your name(s), contact phone number, email address & category of seat required.
Please state names and category of seat for ALL passengers, not just Joe Blogs 4 seats
NB: If you book a place and don’t show on the day we may still charge you for your seat.