BILLERICAY TOWN 1 PORTSMOUTH 0
Sunday 6 September 2020
1. Alex Baker (C)
4. Lucy Jones
5. Danica Dougal
6. Courtney Lumley
7. Jay Blackie
9. Therese Addison
10. Robyn Moody
12. Sam Pittuck
13. Zoe Rushen
21. Kerry Stimson
3. Esme Lancaster (Pittuck)
15. Paige Clemenson (Trialist)
17. Millie Stacey (Moody)
20. Amy Mullett (Baker)
10. Robyn Moody (Lumley)
24′ – Therese Addison (Penalty)
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The Women’s first team played a quickly arranged fixture against Portsmouth Women at the Basildon Sports & Leisure Club, home of Basildon Town. The match gave the team a reminder that football used to played on grass.
Pompey, who play their home games at Havant, compete in the FA Women’s National League South, the level above Billericay.
Changes were made to give playing time to players and for manager Scott Chickleday to see how they fit in to the team, and his plans.
Kerry Stimson made a return to the side having been side lined through injury whilst Paige Clemenson was promoted to the senior squad having impressed for the reserves.
Town started the livelier of the two sides with Therese Addison recording the first shot on target with just 4 minutes on the clock. A ball to the edge of the box was headed on by Zoe Rushen and collected by Addison, who in turn flicked it back to Zoe, but her shot was harmless enough for the keeper to gather up easily.
Five minutes later and The Blues wing play curved out another half chance. Lucy Jones, playing in a more defensive role than usual, sent a low cross through the Pompey area only to see if missed by nearly everyone, except a defender. Her touch was enough to send the ball out for a corner.
Over the next few minutes Zoe would find enough space to take a shot at the goal a couple more times. One shot went wide of the goal whilst another was well saved by the visitors keeper and slowly rolled out for a corner.
A couple of minutes later and Portsmouth started causing a threat to Alex Baker’s goal. Lucy Jones, under pressure, stretched to pass the ball but couldn’t make clean contact. This gave Pompey a chance to move in to the box, but an attacking pass was snubbed out by Zoe Pittuck, playing in midfield, intercepted and safely got the ball away.
Portsmouth kept the pressure coming, winning a corner and putting a free header over the bar. This was followed by a shot from outside the area going wide of the goal. Pompey found Lucy Jones, Kerry Stimson and Danica Dougal in combative form. Lucy was constantly breaking up the attacking play whilst Danica’s marking, closing down and passing were a highlight of the first half.
With 23 minutes played Zoe Rushen was tripped in Portsmouth’s box and a penalty was awarded. Therese Addison stepped up and thundered the ball in to the net, with Pompey’s keeper not moving as it flashed past her right-hand side.
A few minutes later and Portsmouth pushed forward looking for an equaliser. Town’s defence reduced the visitors to finding shooting chances from outside the area. Portsmouth’s best effort was fired at goal but Alex Baker got across and, at full stretch, touched the ball on to the post.
Amy Mullett came on for Alex Baker in goal at half time, with Jay Blackie taking the captains armband.
The second half started with Billericay on the attack again. Two minutes after the restart a Zoe Rushen’s cross from the right found Therese Addison at the far post but her diving header went wide of the goal.
Portsmouth controlled possession for at least ten minutes after this, often only leaving a couple of outfield players in their own. Robyn Moody and Jay Blackie were well involved in the midfield battle whilst Lucy Jones continued her solid defensive performance, constantly frustrating Pompey’s attack.
An hour had passed when Zoe flicked the ball through to Therese whose drilled cross was just too far away for Esme Lancaster to reach. Esme had replaced Sam Pittuck.
Esme’s work rate on the left wing was a nuisance for Portsmouth. Her play out wide gave her space to pass to Zoe, who dropped a shoulder, lost her marker and gave herself enough space to shoot. Her effort was gathered up by the keeper.
The trialist amongst the Blues team gave solid performance and was replaced by Paige Clemenson, who was given 20 minutes to impress. Five minutes later and her pace left the Portsmouth defence in her wake. As she was about to have a shot a last-ditch tackle took the ball away from her.
Paige’s pace kept causing the visitors problems. As the defence gathered the ball they were instantly put under pressure.
Portsmouth continued to push for a goal. A couple of minutes after Clemenson came close to doubling The Blues lead a cross over Town’s area curled wide of the goal with an on-coming attacker unable to reach the ball.
Moments before the whistle was blown to end the game Portsmouth had the final shot, which safely found its way to Amy Mullett.
It was a good squad performance from Billericay Town’s Women, with everyone putting in a strong performance, but those that made the trip to see the match agreed that Lucy Jones was the Player of the Match.
The Ladies will host MK Dons, who also compete in the FA Women’s National League South, at New Lodge next Sunday. The match will kick-off at 1:30pm.