Billericay Town v Leiston
Isthmian League Premier Division. Saturday 2 December 2017, 3:00pm.</u
This Saturday The AGP Arena will host a league match for the first time since The Blues beat Enfield Town 2-1 on Saturday 21 October.
Leiston had a poor start to November losing league matches at Burgess Hill Town and Harlow Town followed by elimination from the F.A. Trophy at Dorking Wanderers. These were followed with a draw at Worthing before beating Mildenhall Town in the Suffolk County Cup and a 2-0 home win against Tooting & Mitcham United.
Saturday’s home victory was Leiston’s first league victory since they won 2-0 at Dorking on Saturday 14 October.
Despite this blip Leiston find themselves in eighth place and the Town management will know that Glenn Driver’s team will be organised and hard to beat.
Well respected manager, Driver, is expected to lead his team to a promotion challenge this season, having finished seventh last season.
Billericay Town are in home league action again on Tuesday night as Merstham visit south Essex.
Established in 1880 Leiston played in local leagues before settling in the Ipswich & District League in 1953. They joined the Eastern Counties League in 2001 finishing fourth, seventh and then third earning promotion to the Eastern Counties Premier Division.
Leiston spent seven seasons in the Eastern Counties Premier, never finishing lower than tenth. They ended the 2010-11 season as champions and were promoted to the Isthmian League Division One North, which they won at the first attempt and took their place as members of the Premier Division.
Since 2012-13 their lowest finish was in that first season at this level, in twelfth.
Billericay Town and Leiston first met in the Isthmian League cup on Wednesday 16 November 2011 at Lesiton’s Victory Road ground. The hosts, then in Isthmian League One North, won the match.
The two clubs wouldn’t meet again until Tuesday 10 September 2013 when Leiston came to Essex in the Isthmian Premier. Two goals from Callum Dunne and a goal each from Rich Halle and Junior Luke saw Town win 4-1 in front of 163 people.
Leiston returned to New Lodge four days later for an F.A. Cup 1st Qualifying Round match. James Robinson and Ricky Sappleton struck that afternoon as Town won 2-0.
Billericay travelled to Leiston again on 16 November and left with a point and a 2-2 draw thanks to Sean Bonnett-Johnson and Ricky Sappleton.
Head to Head
A quick browse through the history book reveals that these teams have met ten times since that first match in 2013.
Billericay Town have won five of the meetings, with Leiston winning three.
Town have scored 21 goals, whilst Leiston have struck 11 times.
Visiting fans travelling by train will find two taxi ranks outside the station. A Cab journey to the ground should cost around £5.00.
Alternatively the High Street is a short walk from the train station and is home to several pubs, restaurants and café’s. The High Street is 10-15 minute walk from the ground.
For those driving to the match there is secure parking available for £5.00, or street parking is limited along Tye Common Road.
The clubs address is AGP Arena, Blunts Wall Road, Billericay, Essex CM12 9SA.
Fans are asked to get to the ground in plenty of time, as tickets will need to be purchased from the ticket office prior to entering the ground.
Tickets can also be bought from the club between 9 and 5 or via the online tickets site.
2017-18 Admission prices to New Lodge are:
· Adults £11.00
· Concessions (Over 65’s and Student card holders) £8.00
· Under 18s £4
The ‘Town Crier’, the official matchday magazine, is available inside the ground for £3.00.