BILLERICAY TOWN v WELLING UNITED
Billericay will host its first mid-week match of the season this week as Welling United make the 26.5-mile journey from South-East London.
The clubs first met as members of the Athenian League on 11 November 1978. Welling were newcomers to the Athenian League, having had a good start to the season, and were sitting comfortably in the top ten when they visited New Lodge for the first meeting between the two clubs.
The match took some time to settle down and progress beyond a scrappy midfield battle. Town mustered the first effort at goal but put that effort wide.
This was followed by a goal keeping blunder. A cross from Tony Wakefield was dropped by Kevin Everett in the Welling goal as he was put under pressure from Charlie Knott. The ball bounced to Doug Young but his effort was blocked and put out for a corner.
Two minutes later and The Blues pressure paid off. Fred Clayden took possession of the ball out on the left wing and crossed in to the centre for Doug Young to power a header past Everett.
The pressure was ramped up by Town as a Phil Whettell free-kick was headed back across goal to Fred Clayden who could only volley over the bar.
Charlie Knott had two good chances for Billericay, putting one just wide and having a header well saved by the busy Everett.
As the first half ended Welling had their only meaningful effort on Town’s goal. Lax Blues defending gave Welling’s Malcom Spratt a shot on goal with Blues keeper Paul Norris off of his line. Thankfully Steve Bone got back in time to protect Billericay’s first half lead.
The second half saw Welling take control of the match as The Blues couldn’t replicate their first half dominance.
As the match neared the hour mark a Welling free-kick was headed at goal but Town managed to clear their lines. Within a couple of minutes, the visitors were level.
A corner was put in to the area and Malcolm Spratt evaded the attentions of Steve Bone to head Welling level.
It wasn’t until 5 minutes from the end of the match that The Blues had a chance to snatch the win. A scramble in the Welling area fell to Tony Wakefield but his effort went safely over the bar.
|11-Nov-78||Billericay Town||1-1||Welling United||Athenian League|
|03-May-79||Welling United||0-3||Billericay Town||Athenian League|
|03-Oct-81||Billericay Town||3-1||Welling United||FA Cup 1Q|
|27-Nov-12||Welling United||5-2||Billericay Town||Conference South|
|16-Mar-13||Billericay Town||1-2||Welling United||Conference South|
|14-Aug-18||Welling United||0-3||Billericay Town||National League South|
|26-Jan-19||Billericay Town||2-0||Welling United||National League South|
03 Aug: W1-0 v Eastbourne Borough (Home)
06 Aug: W3-2 v Braintree Town (Away)
10 Aug: L0-2 v Chippenham Town (Away)
03 Aug: D1-1 v Havant & Waterlooville (Away)
06 Aug: W1-0 v Maidstone United (Home)
10 Aug: L0-3 v Bath City (Home)
There are some familiar faces amongst the Welling team.
Defender Joe Anderson joined The Wings from Chelmsford City during the summer. He had played for The Blues under Craig Edwards.
Welling’s club captain is Town legend Rob Swaine. Swainey scored the goal that secured Billericay’s first promotion to the Conference South in 2012. He was also a member of the team that gained promotion again a few years later. Rob was inducted in to the Billericay Town Hall of Fame when it was created in 2017.
Nathan Green joined Welling from Dulwich Hamlet. He helped Billericay to promotion to the Conference South and was a regular in the side the following season until he moved to Tonbridge Angels.
There are two ex-Blues in the United attack.
Paul Pogba look-alike Josh Oyinsan joined Billericay for the 2016-17 season. He scored on his debut in the 1-1 home draw with Merstham. He made 14 appearances (8 starts, 6 sub) and scored 1 goal.
Adam Coombes left Town in the summer and returned to Welling United. He had a slow start with The Blues so went out on loan, returning having found his goal-scoring form. He ended the season with 17 goals.
Billericay Town F.C.
The Steel Team Stadium
Blunts Wall Road
National League South
Tuesday 13 August 2019
£3 Under 18’s
£1 Under 11’s
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