Billericay Town 3 Stourbridge 2
F.A. Trophy Second Round. Saturday 13 January 2018.
By James Wood
Billericay Town progressed into the third round of The Buildbase FA Trophy thanks to a late winner from in form striker Billy Bricknell.
The home side led at half time of this feisty encounter, after Jake Robinson scored his 38th goal of the season. The Blues leading scorer controlled expertly after being found by left back Josh Urquhart, firing past the Stourbridge keeper Sam Gold.
However, the hosts found themselves 2-1 down just 4 minutes after the interval.
Two headed goals from midfielder Leon Broadhurst, and then centre back Stuart Pierpont put the Glassboys into the lead against the run of play.
The blues responded perfectly however with a 65th minute equaliser from Ricky Modeste, who fired home his fifth goal of the season from 10 yards after a Sam Deering cross found its way to his feet.
Billericay went on to dominate Stourbridge in the last twenty minutes of action, who themselves had the post to thank after Daniel Waldren’s well stuck volley had the keeper beaten but somehow stayed out.
As the blues continued to press, it looked as though substitute Bricknell had squandered the chance to steal the tie, as the number 9 lashed over from 6 yards out in the last minute of normal time.
Despite this the home side continued to press and were rightfully rewarded, as Bricknell struck deep into injury time after keeper Matthew Gold fumbled a Sam Deering corner.
It was Bricknell’s third goal in his last two games and the sense of relief was felt all around the AGP Arena.
After the match, assistant manager Harry Wheeler praised the commitment of his players,
‘I’ve got to give credit to the lads for their mental ability, they kept faith in the system despite going 2-1 down and maintained our shape, and were rewarded with the goal at the end’
‘We’ve made it very clear to them there’s every chance we’ll be playing a team from the Conference Prem and we can’t afford to switch off again like we have at the start of the second half or we will be punished’.
It’s another home win for Billericay who find themselves unbeaten at the home since August 10th.
Their next game is on Tuesday the 16th January away to Wingate and Finchley in the Isthmian League Cup.
1. Alan Julian
2. Joe Kizzi
3. Josh Urquhart
4. Rob Swaine
5. Dean Inman (c)
6. Sam Deering
7. Dan Waldren
8. Matt Paine
11. Jake Robinson
14. Adam Cunnington
9. Billy Bricknell (Paine)
12. Rob Evans
15. Nick Wheeler
16. Sanchez Watt (Modeste)
17. Jamie O’Hara (Waldren)
19′ Jake Robinson
66′ Ricky Modeste
93′ Billy Bricknell
Wingate & Finchley v Billericay Town
Isthmian League Cup. Tuesday 16 January 2018, 7:45pm.