Match report by Ryan Connell. Photos by Amanda Protheroe.
BILLERICAY eased their relegation worries with a comfortable 3-1 victory at fellow strugglers Margate.
The Blues went into this vital league clash on the back of three straight defeats and with just a single win in their last six games. Manager Brian Statham was forced into a solitary change to his side from the one that started Saturday’s defeat at Kingstonian. Influential midfielder Russell Pond was out injured meaning Jacob Cleaver was handed his full league debut as the Blues opted for a more conventional 4-4-2 formation.
Cambridge City U16s 3-1 Billericay Town U16s Eastern Junior Alliance Challenge Cup Quarter Final Sunday 14th February 2010
Match report by Rob Hardy.
Billericay took a weakened squad to an in-form Cambridge City. The conditions of the ground were like our gracious hosts hospitality, excellent. The immaculate playing surface suited Billericay and the visitors started to pile on the pressure dominating Cambridge in the first ten minutes. Against the run of play Cambridge broke from a Billericay attack, one pass out of their box was greeted by a long ball played deep into Billericay’s half. A make-shift defence failed to deal with the first ball. Cambridge’s striker latched onto the second ball and lobbed over Billericay’s goalkeeper Reece Powell. To add injury to insult, stand-in centre back Chris Hankin had to leave the field after colliding with the post trying to clear the ball off the line. This saw the introduction of a man-of-the-match performance from Sandy Chaggar, who was unbeatable in the air and made countless interceptions and challenges.
The Blues head to the coast on Tuesday evening to take on Margate. Victory could lift Billericay out of the bottom four and give them some breathing space over their Kent opponents in the battle to beat the drop. Town have not won on the road since their victory at Tonbridge Angels on 5th December and boss Brian Statham will been keen to complete the run of recent away games with a moral boosting 3 points.
20th placed Margate are currently without a Manager and capped a miserable week with a 1-0 defeat at AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.
Billericay boss Brian Statham goes into Saturday’s game at Kingstonian (1pm kick off) asking his team to play without fear and with the consistency that will enable them to once again pull away from the relegation zone.
Brian Statham explains why he has released Ashley and Danny:
"I have today released Danny Slatter & Ashley Dumas. Ashley came to see me a week or so ago, asking if he could leave as he wanted to be playing regular first team football. I explained that I wanted him to stay as he was an important part of the squad, but he felt it was in his best interests to leave. I fully understand his reasoning and reluctantly agreed to allow him to do so.
I have also released Danny Slatter, in the main to release funds that will allow me to bolster the squad. Generally I don’t like to keep changing players, but needs must, and we must start scoring goals and this is an area that I will continue to focus on.
We are now 23 games into the season and the table does not lie and neither do the statistics. We are a very strong team defensively, however we have lacked goals, not just from the forwards but from all over the pitch. As expected, it is a very tight league and going on a good run puts you into a good position, that is what we need and will be aiming for. Myself, staff and players are really looking forward to the rest of the season and will be doing everything in our power to improve our league position, starting Saturday at Kingstonian.
I would place on record my thanks to both Ashley and Danny and wish them luck."