Blues midfielder Michael Shinn has left the club to join promotion favourites Dartford.
Brian Statham said: "To my disappointment Michael Shinn has decided to join Dartford. Once they made their interest known, I always felt that it would be difficult for Mike to turn down the opportunity. They are building for next season in the Conference South, and Michael was a target they wanted to have signed before the season finished."
Billericay Town have signed 26 year old, left back Mickey Haswell (below right) from Harlow Town.
Haswell began his career at Wimbledon F.C. before joining Southend United. Moving into non-league he spent time at Harlow Town, Grays Athletic and then three seasons at Wingate & Finchley. After joining Chelmsford City he won both the Supporters and Players Player of the Year Awards. Went on to play for AFC Wimbledon, and then started this season with Welling United before rejoining Chelmsford and then Harlow.
Speaking on the capture, Brian Statham said: "I was aware Mick had left Chelmsford and was very interested at the time, as I am when any player of Mick's calibre and quality is available. Unfortunately it wasn’t in my budget to consider signing him, however, with the departure of Dave McSweeney which left us a little short, I felt there was a conversation worth having and I am really pleased with the signing. Mick has a large amount of experience and is only 26 and gives us further competition for places."
Billericay will be looking for a repeat of arguably their finest performance of the season when they make the short trip to Canvey for the eagerly awaited derby on Tuesday evening. Town were in 21st place going into the game at New Lodge on Boxing Day. However, they upset the form book and registered a thumping 4-1 victory over their Essex rivals.
Brian Statham’s team go into the re-match on the Island in good form and good heart after registering a fine 2-0 victory at Horsham on Saturday. This win came off the back of a credible draw at Wealdstone last Tuesday.
Match report by Simon Williams. Photos by Amanda Protheroe.
Billericay braved the rain and mud in Horsham to pick up a vital three points on Saturday. In beating the Sussex side they gave themselves a cushion over the bottom four. Danny Charge hit a firs half brace to take the honours, but this was a team effort as the Blues battled throughout under difficult conditions.
Statham praises players commitment ahead of visit to Horsham
Match preview by Paul Jennings.
Ahead of Saturday’s visit to Horsham, Blues boss Brian Statham spoke passionately about his player’s commitment to the club and the fans as they continue their fight to climb away from the relegation zone.
Although Lee Kersey and Billy Bricknell may miss the game due to injury and Chris Wild is suspended, Statham gave an insight into the spirit that exists within his squad.
With the sudden departure of Dave McSweeney, Brian Statham has moved quickly to fill the void and today signed 20 year old central defender Bobby Aisien from Alfreton Town.
Aisien started his career with Peterborough United as a youth player moving to Wingate & Finchley in 2007. Bobby was on trial at Rushden & Diamonds during last summer. He has also played for the Nigerian Under 19s side.
In September 2009 he went out on loan to Kings Lynn in order to gain experience and first team football. He then moved to Kings Lynn on a permanent basis at the end of October 2009.
More recently he has played and been offered a contract by Alfreton but he found the travelling from his London home difficult. He has today signed for Billericay Town.
Blues fans travelling to Middlesex for this evening’s game against Wealdstone will do well to remember the same journey they made at a similar time last season. The Blues were then in danger of being pulled into a relegation dogfight, but gave a battling performance and came away with an impressive victory.