BILLERICAY TOWN v ST ALBANS CITY

This Saturday The Blue welcome familiar opponents St Albans City to Blunts Wall Road for what will be the 25th meeting between the two clubs.

City’s first visit was almost exactly 40 years ago, on 27 August 1979. Billericay had only just become members of the Isthmian League, whilst City had joined the league in 1922 and were competing in Division 1.

A crowd of 822 saw a Paul Scott penalty help Town to a 1-1 draw.

A week later the reply was played at Clarence Park, and the hosts won 1-0.

St Albans last visited on Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August 2018. Ben Gerring made his first appearance for Town with Tristan Lewis and Danny Hazle taking charge for the match.

Billericay started brightly with an attack down the right wing but a clash of heads seconds in to the match appeared to have knocked Joe Kizzi unconscientious. He was carried from the pitch and in to the changing rooms as an ambulance was called. Alfie Potter came on from the bench.

St Albans took the lead with 22 minutes gone. The half was drawing to a close when a City player was given time and space in the box to beat Julian at his near post and St Albans were two ahead.

Two minutes later and St Albans physicality got the better of them as a free kick was award. The cross in to the box was headed in by Scott Doe. Several players ended up in the back of the net and Harold Joseph was seen to punch Ben Gerring. He was called over by the referee, shown a second yellow card and sent off, rather than being given a straight red. The injury to Gerring’s eye meant he was taken off and Ricky Modeste returned from injury.

Seven minutes were added on to the first half and City gave away another free-kick. The tackle was rewarded with a booking and then another City player was booked for arguing with the referee.

Jake Robinson stepped up and drilled the ball low and hard in to the far post to draw The Blues drew level in the 50th minute of the first half.

Before the interval Joe Kizzi walked past the Blues fans behind the goal and was greeted with singing. The injury was nowhere near as bad as first thought.

Even with St Albans down to ten men The Blues didn’t have it all their own way. A shot from the edge of the area beat Alan Julian but hit the post.

With over an hour gone another free kick was awarded outside the City area. Callum Kennedy stepped up to have a shot. His effort curled over the wall and in to the top right corner to put The Blues ahead. With time nearly gone a St Albans cross was headed just wide of the goal. Town held on for the victory.

Of the 24 meetings Town have won 10, City have won 6 and 8 draws. The Blues have scored 35 goals with The Saints scoring 33.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

27-Aug-79 Billericay Town 1-1 St Albans City Isthmian League Cup
04-Sep-79 St Albans City 1-0 Billericay Town Isthmian League Cup
20-Jan-81 Billericay Town 1-0 St Albans City Isthmian 1
10-Feb-81 St Albans City 1-2 Billericay Town Isthmian 1
09-Oct-84 St Albans City 2-4 Billericay Town Isthmian League Cup
26-Oct-98 St Albans City 1-0 Billericay Town Isthmian Prem
20-Mar-99 Billericay Town 3-3 St Albans City Isthmian Prem
26-Oct-99 Billericay Town 3-0 St Albans City Isthmian Prem
14-Dec-99 Billericay Town 1-2 St Albans City Isthmian League Cup
01-Apr-00 St Albans City 1-2 Billericay Town Isthmian Prem
19-Sep-00 Billericay Town 2-1 St Albans City Isthmian Prem
10-Mar-01 St Albans City 0-0 Billericay Town Isthmian Prem
29-Sep-01 St Albans City 0-1 Billericay Town FA Cup 2Q
08-Dec-01 Billericay Town 1-5 St Albans City Isthmian Prem
05-Mar-02 St Albans City 0-0 Billericay Town Isthmian Prem
19-Oct-02 St Albans City 1-1 Billericay Town Isthmian Prem
28-Jan-03 Billericay Town 1-0 St Albans City Isthmian Prem
25-Oct-03 Billericay Town 1-1 St Albans City Isthmian Prem
07-Feb-04 St Albans City 1-2 Billericay Town Isthmian Prem
23-Sep-13 St Albans City 2-0 Billericay Town FA Cup 2Q
02-Nov-13 St Albans City 3-3 Billericay Town FA Trophy 2Q
05-Nov-13 Billericay Town 2-2 St Albans City FA Trophy 2Q
27-Aug-18 Billericay Town 3-2 St Albans City National League South
29-Dec-18 St Albans City 2-1 Billericay Town National League South

FORM

Billericay Town
03 Aug: W1-0 v Eastbourne Borough (Home)
06 Aug: W3-2 v Braintree Town (Away)
10 Aug: L0-2 v Chippenham Town (Away)
13 Aug: W2-1 v Welling United (Home)
17 Aug: D1-1 Hampton & Richmond Borough (Away)

St. Albans City
03 Aug: D0-0 v Chippenham Town (Home)
06 Aug: D1-1 v Dartford (Away)
10 Aug: L1-2 v Dulwich Hamlet (Away)
13 Aug: L0-3 v Braintree Town (Home)
17 Aug: D1-1 Dorking Wanderers (Home)

FAMILIAR FACES

Olly Sprague joined The Blues in December 2016 from Hendon. He would make 18 starts and 1 sub appearance for Town, scoring 1 goal, a great finish against Lesiton. He joined St Albans City in the summer.

Winger Rhys Murrell-Williams came to Billericay from Hampton & Richmond Borough in December 2018. He made just 3 sub appearances but soon moved to Woking without really get a chance to show The Blues fans what he could do.

Billericay Town F.C.
The Steel Team Stadium
New Lodge
Blunts Wall Road
Billericay
Essex
CM12 9SA

National League South

Saturday 24 August 2019
3:00pm

Admission

£13 Adults
£9 Concessions
£3 Under 18’s
£1 Under 11’s

Online Tickets

Coming Up

Cheltenham Town (Home)
Women’s National League Cup
Sunday 25 August 2019
2:00pm

Hemel Hempstead Town (Away)
National League South
Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 2019
3:00pm
BTSS Away Travel

Hungerford Town (Home)
National League South
Saturday 31 August 2019
3:00pm

Chelmsford City (Away)
National League South
Monday 2 September 2019
7:45pm
BTSS Away Travel

League Fixtures

Chelmsford City v Welling United
Chippenham Town v Weymouth
Concord Rangers v Maidstone United
Dartford v Braintree Town
Dorking Wanderers v Hampton & Richmond Boro
Eastbourne Borough v Dulwich Hamlet
Oxford City v Hemel Hempstead Town
Slough Town v Bath City
Tonbridge Angels v Havant & Waterlooville
Wealdstone v Hungerford Town

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