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BILLERICAY TOWN 3 HASHTAG UNITED 4

F.A. Women’s National League
South-East Division 1

Wednesday 30 September 2020

The Blues

23. Amy Mullett
14. Esme Lancaster
6. Courtney Lumley
5. Danica Dougal (C)
3. Hannah Porter
21. Kerry Stimson
7. Jay Blackie
16. Teni Charles
22. George Morton
17. Connie Forman

Substitutions
1. Alex Baker
10. Robyn Moody
11. Karissa Rodney (Forman)
12. Millie Stacey
16. Megan Harley (Addison)

Goal Scorers

22′ – Connie Forman
72′ – Jay Blackie
87′ – Hannah Porter

Goal Scorers

231

Player of the Match

Teni Charles

F.A. Women’s National League
South-East Division 1

Tuesday 29 September 2020
Cambridge City 3-3 Cambridge United
Stevenage 0-3 Enfield Town

Wednesday 30 September 2020
AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Kent Football United

Ladies Team

Cambridge United
FAWNL South-East 1
Rowley Park, St Neots, PE19 6SL
Sunday 4 October 2020
2:00pm

Norwich City
FAWNL South-East 1
New Lodge, Billericay
Sunday 11 October 2020
2:00pm

TBA
Women’s FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
TBC
Sunday 18 October 2020
2:00pm

Men’s Team

Brackley Town
F.A. Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
St. James Park, Brackley
Saturday 3 October 2020
Behind Closed Doors

Tonbridge Angels
National League South
New Lodge, Billericay
Tuesday 6 October 2020
Behind Closed Doors

Bath City
National League South
Twerton Park, Bath
Saturday 10 October 2020
Behind Closed Doors

Billericay Women Come Up Short Against Ipswich
By Leigh Bailey for Phoenix FM.

Billericay Women were well beaten in their first home match of the season against a strong Ipswich Women side. A strike from Paige Peake direct from a corner just before the break opened the scoring. Goals from Sophie Peskett and Maddie Biggs completed the score-line.

A keenly awaited match, Ipswich had set the pace in the division last season, topping the table before the pandemic intervened to force an early close. Billericay, marooned in 4th, but with sufficient games in hand to close the gap, had tracked the Tractor Girls all the way.

Having met only once in last season’s tightly contested 2-1 win for Ipswich in East Anglia, each side knew from previous acquaintance that a tough test lay ahead. Both, buoyed by victories on the opening day, had brought in new faces over the summer but, for the main part, have relied on a core of players that had served their respective clubs well to date.

A notable change was the presence of a new manager in the dugout. Billericay’s, Scott Chickelday, having taken up the baton during lockdown, faced the first big test of his tenure.

Switching to a back four, from the wing-back system employed in the win away at Cambridge City, Chickelday went for experience. Making two changes to the line-up, Courtney Lumley and Esme Lancaster came in for Robyn Moody and Freya Fuller.

Ipswich pressed forward from the start but foundered on several timely interventions from Billericay centre-back, Hannah Porter. The home side countered with an early break as a clever through ball from Kerry Stimson brought striker Zoe Rushen into the game. Out bravely, Ipswich goalkeeper, Lucy Williamson was able to smother the danger in time.

The home side’s tactical set-up was working well with the presence in central midfield of Stimson and Jay Blackie ensuring that Billericay more than held their own in an even first half. Winning a number of free kicks at around the thirty yards mark, home midfielder Therese Addison failed to capitalise with several efforts flying well over the bar.

Peake, who can deliver a ball with pinpoint accuracy, was needed to bypass the home stranglehold with a searching pass through to the lively right winger, Peskett. A player, who caught the eye, especially in the second half, a shot at Alex Baker from an angle was saved. On a rare concession of possession in midfield, Ipswich’s Abbie Lafayette smashed high over the bar.

With the match often resembling a tight, cagey contest between two well-matched sides, the lack of goalmouth excitement became a notable feature of the first half. Any entertainment had to be provided by referee, Tony Bickley, who pulled up clutching a hamstring. After a brief interruption to play, a spot of magic spray, and an encouraging word from the home physio, seemed to steady his resolve and he made it through the game.

SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER 2020 AT NEW LODGE

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