Town run Billericay close in hard fought game
Town will be disappointed to have taken nothing from this game having led Billericay at half time. In the end tiredness paid a price as they conceded a late Sam Deering winner.
Billericay Town (0) 2 Bricknell 72(p), Deering 84
Enfield Town (1) 1 McKenzie 35
Town started slowly but coped well with an initial onslaught from the home side. The blustery conditions helped no one, but Joe Wright was confident in dealing with a number of early efforts for the Billericay front line. Sam Deering was on form and set up Adam Cunnington who saw his early shot cleared for a Billericay corner. With Town finding their feet they began to push up and it paid off. Following an attack, Ryan Blake intercepted a poor ball out from keeper Alan Julian and as he scampered into the box, Rob Swaine had no option but to bring him down. Unfortunately for Town, the Billericay keeper made amends getting down well to save Simon Thomas’ spot kick.
Blake was taking on Paul Konchesky repeatedly, causing the ex-pro a few problems with his pace. Town, more settled now were bringing the game more and more. Indeed Montell Moore was popping up everywhere happy to play the ball out of defence. He set free Thomas in a quick break out and the tall Town striker cut back for Jon Kyriacou to fire over. But Billericay were also having a say in proceedings. A break down the right ended with a shot by Jake Robinson being tipped wide by Wright. From the resulting corner a goalmouth melee saw repeated clearances before the ball bubbled up only to be fired wide. Repeated Billericay high balls into the box failed to pose a problem despite the swirling winds as Wright repeatedly claimed under pressure or punched clear. But despite the chances for the home side Town were definitely in this game. Rob Bartley held the ball up well before setting Blake who curled a shot across the face of the goal. On the half hour mark, McKenzie cleared from Louis Theophanous at the near post and yet another lofted ball from Jermaine Pennant was punched clear. Then Town struck, McKenzie heading home from a corner to give them the lead. They continued to press for a second pushing Billreicay back again and again until the half time break.
Town started the second half in the same spirit bringing the game to their hosts. But with early efforts from both sides coming to nothing Billericay introduced Billy Bricknell to liven things up. He made an immediate impression. Challenging strongly in midfield he urged his team forward while battling with the impressive Ryan Blackman. Joe Wright continued his good form holding the ball well under a strong challenge from Robinson. At the other end Moore fired over from a corner, but Billericay were starting to take control more. With Moore, then Blackman being replaced for Town, the latter through injury, Town were struggling to relieve the pressure. Billericay’s Danny Walker then replaced the tiring Pennant helping Bricknell to dominate the flagging Town defence who started to fall back deeper in their own half. A Bricknell drive into the box was scrambled clear during a spell of pressure on the Town defence. But Wright was everywhere, even getting to a deflected Bricknell shot.
Town chances were getting fewer and fewer as the half wore on but they were thwarting the Billericay front men at the same time. An unfortunate challenge from Dan Rumens wide on the left was penalised with a spot kick and Bricknell made no mistake leveling from the spot. Firing high to the right of Town’s keeper, the pace of the shot gave Wright no chance. Town had a couple of chances to restore their lead, Thomas shot on the turn being tipped wide by Julian. But in the end they paid the price when a lapse of concentration late on allowed Sam Deering to slide the ball past Wright into the far corner for the lead. It was over for Town at this point, they had run out of options and indeed energy as they defended the final stages of the game. But they can take encouragement from some great performances in a tough week.
Billericay Town: Alan Julian, Leo Chambers, Paul Konchesky, Robbie Evans, Rob Swaine, Sam Deering,
Jermaine Pennant (Danny Walker 67), Danny Waldren, Louie Theophanous, Jake Robinson (Joe Ellul 86), Adam Cunnington (Billy Bricknell 56). Unused subs: Josh Urquhart, Matt Paine. Booked: Deering.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, John Kyriacou, Danny Rumens, Taylor McKenzie, Rob Bartley, Adam Martin, Ryan Blackman (Mario Noto 81), Montell Moore (Sam Youngs 68), Ryan Blake, Simon Thomas, Aaron Greene. Unused: Ben Ward-Cochrane, Drew Roberts, George Beattie.