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Billericay Town
Enfield Town
Full time
H Joseph (2'), B Crook (90'), D Wynter (75'), H Ottaway (56')
Sat 8 Apr 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 1,251

Town in control of their own destiny

Billericay Town 2 Enfield Town 4 - match report by Nigel Howard

Town moved into the Ryman Premier play-off positions with a hard-fought victory at New Lodge in the Essex sunshine on Saturday.

The Towners got off to the perfect start when, in the second minute, a Scott Shulton shot was only parried by Alan Julian in the Billericay goal, and Harold Joseph swooped to head home the rebound from close range. On 11 minutes, the visitors missed a glorious chance to extend their lead, when Shulton shot straight at the keeper when well placed. The hosts levelled the score on 13 minutes when a right wing cross by Jake Robinson was met powerfully at the far post by former Towner Joe Ellul and, despite Nathan McDonald getting his finger tips to the ball, he could not stop it from crossing the line. A couple of minutes later, Billericay had the ball in the net again, but Robinson’s close range effort was chalked off as the assistant referee had raised his flag for offside.

The Blues started to take control in midfield, and pushed the Towners further and further back, creating numerous chances during the remainder of first half, but failing to convert their pressure into goals. Ellul headed over on 20 minutes, Robsinson’s looping shot in the 25th minute was saved by McDonald, Adam Cunnington headed goalwards on 37 minutes but McDonald gathered relatively comfortably and then, a minute later, McDonald flung out his leg to block a low shot by Billy Bricknell.

Billericay Town 2 Enfield Town 4 (08.04.2017) - Part 1
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Five minutes before the break, Bricknell went down in the box, but the referee waved away Billericay’s appeals for a penalty and, shortly afterwards, Robinson curled a shot from just outside the area over the bar.

Half-time: Billericay Town 1 Enfield Town 1

The first chance of the second period fell to the hosts. On 48 minutes, a cross from the left was met by Cunnington but the tall forward, despite using all the inches of his giant frame, could not get a good enough contact with his diving header and the ball went wide. The Towners upped their game at this point and became more competitive in midfield. On 56 minutes Oliyide broke free and his surging run took him into the box, where his cross was turned behind by Rob Swaine. From the corner, a mad scramble in the box ensued, and eventually the ball ended up at the feet of Harry Ottaway who fired home to put the Towners back in front amidst jubilant scenes behind the goal.

Around the 70-minute mark, both teams had long range efforts, but in both cases the ball cleared the crossbar without troubling the keepers. On 73 minutes, Billericay levelled for the second time with a stunning over-head kick by O’Hara from the edge of the area which beat the airborne McDonald. However, the hosts’ joy was short lived when, within two minutes, the Towners had re-taken the lead; Ricky Gabriel attacking down the left, his deep cross appearing to be too long and clearing all the players gathered in the centre, but Ottaway reacted quickest and retrieved the ball on the right side of the area and played a low cross back to half-time substitute Dernell Wynter to fire home.

As Billericay pressed forward for another equaliser, the Towners were happy to sit back and defend, launching occasional counter-attacks. On 80 minutes, a long ball from the back to Ottaway was well controlled and the forward fed Wynter some forty yards out. He bore down on goal but was eventually outmuscled away from the ball by Swaine. But in stoppage time, the Towners killed the game off with a fourth goal; Samir Bihmoutine galloping down the left and centring to Billy Crook who went for placement over power, and his shot eluded Julian’s out-stretched hand and nestled in the bottom corner.

This was a tremendous result, following up last week’s victory over league leaders Bognor Regis Town and, barring a goal difference swing of over 21 in favour of Wingate & Finchley over the final three games, reaching the play-offs is under Town’s own control, although the remaining matches are, needless to say, all tough fixtures.

Billericay Town: Alan Julian, Tambesong Eyong, Oliver Sprague (Lewis Taafe 46), Paul Konchesky, Rob Swaine, Joe Ellul, Byron Lawrence, Matt Johnson, Billy Bricknell (Jamie O’Hara 46), Adam Cunnington (Chris Assombalonga 62), Jake Robinson. Unused subs: Danny Fitzsimons, Kreshnic Krasniqi. Booked: Johnson, Cunnington, Swaine.

Enfield Town: Nathan McDonald, Jonathan Muleba, Ricky Gabriel, Harold Joseph, Mark Kirby, Scott Shulton, Tyler Campbell, Billy Crook, Percy Kiangebeni (Dernell Wynter 46), Harry Ottaway (Bobby Devyne 90), Karl Oliyide (Samir Bihmoutine 78), Unused subs: Nathan Livings, Trey Williams.

Attendance: 1,251.

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Player of the Match

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Key moments

2:00
Goal Harold Joseph scores for Enfield Town
56:00
Goal Harry Ottaway scores for Enfield Town
75:00
Goal Dernell Wynter scores for Enfield Town
90:00
Goal Billy Crook scores for Enfield Town

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Highlights

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90:00 Goal 0 - 4
Billy Crook scores for Enfield Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Harry Ottaway is awarded player of the match for Enfield Town
90:00 Assist
Scott Shulton makes an assist for Enfield Town
90:00 Assist
Samir Bihmoutine makes an assist for Enfield Town
89:00 Sub Off
Harry Ottaway is substituted off for Enfield Town
89:00 Sub On
Bobby Devyne is substituted on for Enfield Town
79:00 Sub Off
Karl Oliyide is substituted off for Enfield Town
79:00 Sub On
Samir Bihmoutine is substituted on for Enfield Town
75:00 Goal 0 - 3
Dernell Wynter scores for Enfield Town
75:00 Assist
Karl Oliyide makes an assist for Enfield Town
75:00 Assist
Harry Ottaway makes an assist for Enfield Town
56:00 Assist
Harold Joseph makes an assist for Enfield Town
56:00 Assist
Ricky Gabriel makes an assist for Enfield Town
56:00 Goal 0 - 2
Harry Ottaway scores for Enfield Town
45:00 Sub On
Dernell Wynter is substituted on for Enfield Town
45:00 Sub Off
Percy Kiangebeni is substituted off for Enfield Town
End of period 1
2:00 Goal 0 - 1
Harold Joseph scores for Enfield Town
2:00 Assist
Scott Shulton makes an assist for Enfield Town
2:00 Assist
Karl Oliyide makes an assist for Enfield Town
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As it happened

  • Billericay Town
  • Enfield Town
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  • Harold Joseph Goal 2:00'
  • Scott Shulton Assist 2:00'
  • Karl Oliyide Assist 2:00'
  • Percy Kiangebeni Sub Off 45:00'
  • Dernell Wynter Sub On 45:00'
  • Harold Joseph Assist 56:00'
  • Ricky Gabriel Assist 56:00'
  • Harry Ottaway Goal 56:00'
  • Dernell Wynter Goal 75:00'
  • Karl Oliyide Assist 75:00'
  • Harry Ottaway Assist 75:00'
  • Karl Oliyide Sub Off 79:00'
  • Samir Bihmoutine Sub On 79:00'
  • Harry Ottaway Sub Off 89:00'
  • Bobby Devyne Sub On 89:00'
  • Scott Shulton Assist 90:00'
  • Billy Crook Goal 90:00'
  • Samir Bihmoutine Assist 90:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Havant & Waterlooville 46 94
2. Bognor Regis Town 46 92
3. Dulwich Hamlet 46 80
4. Enfield Town 46 76
5. Wingate & Finchley 46 75
6. Tonbridge Angels 46 74
7. Leiston 46 73

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