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BILLERICAY TOWN 3 BARKING 1

Pre-Season Match

Saturday 22 August 2020

The Blues

1. Trialist
2. Lawrie Wilson
3. Paul Konchesky
5. Louis Knight
6. Trialist
7. Trialist
8. Trialist
9. Trialist
10. Trialist
11. Trialist
14. Trialist

Substitutes
4. Jamie O’Trialist
13. Trialist
14. Trialist
15. Trialist
16. Trialist
18. Trialist
19. Trialist

Goal Scorers

42′ – Trialist 14
50′ – Trialist 14
70′ – Trialist 9

Attendance

0

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QPR XI
Pre-Season Match
New Lodge, Billericay
Saturday 29 August 2020
3:00pm
Behind Closed Doors

Cricket

Essex League Premier Tier
Gooch Division
Saturday 22 August 2020
Billericay – 164-7 (40)
Chelmsford – 167-7 (38.1)

Chelmsford win by 3 wickets.

Coming Up
Saturday 29 August 2020
Colchester 1st v Billericay 1st
Billericay 2nd v Leigh-on-Sea
Billericay 3rd v Leigh-on-Sea

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Blues Start Pre-Season with Win versus Barking
Written by Leigh Bailey

The Blues kicked off the pre-season campaign against Barking FC at a near deserted New Lodge due to COVID-19 restrictions. After falling behind, the home side, largely comprised of trialist hopefuls, struck back with three goals to ensure a winning start was made.

Among those already signed, Blues used the match to ensure that Lawrie Wilson and Lewis Knight, accumulated 45 minutes each at right-back and centre-half, respectively. Paul Konchesky, a picture of fitness, played for a full 90 minutes.

With so many seeking to establish their futures as part of Jamie O’Hara’s squad, it was ironic that a name from the past, Junior Luke, once a home player, was first to prominence. The visiting right-winger struck, curling a shot from 25 yards wide in the opening exchanges.

Showing good pace down the right side, but willing to work across the pitch, Reuben Suarez responded for the home side, curling a shot inches off target. A clever run from the forward earnt a corner that brought a near miss as Billericay’s Trialist No.7 headed too high. Next, a centre from Norman Wabo evaded a despairing Suarez lunge in the six yard box.

Barking were slick and moved the ball around well, suggesting that they may go better this time than the 9th place achieved last year in the Isthmian South Central. Taking the lead on the half-hour, Trialist No.3 found sufficient space to head home unmarked from close range.

In rapid response, a neat combination with Wabo saw Suarez’s effort draw a fine save from the out-stretched foot of Manny Agboola. A shot from Barking’s Billy Jones, pushed wide for a corner, was evidence of Barking intent. Wabo immediately fired just over for Billericay ensuring that the goal-mouth action during the first half never waned.

It would take two interventions either side of half-time from home Trialist No.14 to turn the match on its head. Equalising with a curling free kick, his precise effort evaded the Barking wall and nestled in the far corner to restore parity on 43 minutes.

Six minutes later, No.14 was on hand to profit from Agboola’s punched clearance from a Suarez drive. Collecting the rebound, he drilled his finish past the goalkeeper.

Blues started to exert more control in the second half after O’Hara’s entry on the hour. Two close calls saw free kicks, in near succession, awarded centimetres short of the Barking penalty box. The manager, who settled into midfield, then set up Wabo who shot wide.

With the entry of striker, Dumebi GB-Dumaka, the visitors posed an increased attacking threat. Shooting on the turn, the ex-Dulwich man saw a fierce shot pushed over the bar. Moments later, Dorrell Anderson headed over at the back post when well placed.

Billericay would have the last word with Wabo finally getting the goal his persistence deserved. Robbing Trialist No.6, the ex-Southend Utd striker sped through to fire home the third and final strike for the home side.

As a sighter for the management team of potential new recruits, matches such as these are vital and about more than just the result. If O’Hara’s post-match interview comments are to be taken at face value, he was impressed by contributions from a number of hopefuls.

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