Unfortunately, and not for the first time, the hosts found themselves on the wrong side of a score line, against a team and in a competition that really matters? Billericay Town F.C. and the County Cup. This well fancied BSS (Blue Square Side) did little to dent our very own abbreviation of BBS meaning (Billericay Blue Steel).
Match report by Ryan Connell. Photos by Amanda Protheroe.
THE BLUES returned to league action for the first time since the Boxing Day victory over Canvey Island with a well earned point at play-off chasing Tooting & Mitcham United.
A special mention must go to the Tooting & Mitcham groundstaff for not only beating the recent heavy snow and then persistent rain, but also for producing an excellent playing surface given the extreme weather conditions.
In consultation with the Ryman League and the other clubs concerned, we are continuing to look at two options for tomorrow in an effort to return to action.
Tooting have advised that they are clearing their pitch of the remaining snow today and the ground is not frozen. They are optimistic of the match being played in normal circumstances. The main concern however is with the level of overnight rain forecast and an inspection will be made tomorrow morning before a final decision is made.
In the event the game is called off, a second option of visiting Concord Rangers to play the outstanding League Cup tie may be available. Concord's league game tomorrow has already been postponed and, if an alternative League match is not re-arranged and the Concord pitch is playable, Manager Brian Statham has agreed to the team travelling to Concord at short notice to play this fixture.
Updates will be posted through the usual channels tomorrow morning. Club Secretary Ian Ansell can be contacted after 11am on 07958 978154 for those unable to access these sources.
All eyes and ears will be pointing towards Morden during the next 24 hours monitoring the weather as management, players and fans desperately seek a return to action after a 21 day snow and ice enforced break.
Although temperatures are due to increase dramatically, the main concern now will centre on how well the Imperial Fields pitch drains the water.
Centre forward Luca Frankis has today joined Waltham Forest on loan (initially for one month).
Speaking on the move, Brian Statham said:
"Having spent most of this season with me and appearing from the bench on a couple of occasions, Luca is now at the stage where he needs a taste regular football at Ryman level, this is an important part of any young player's progress and I’m sure Luca will come back an improved player for the experience.
Billericay has an excellent history of producing good young players, in the main due to the fantastic work done by John Mifsud and Paul Moody, who continue to work very hard at recognising and procuring young talent from the surrounding areas. Long may it continue!"