Last gasp strike secures point for Town
By Ciaran Glennon
Another late goal gives Town a share of the spoils against the league leaders.
It was to be a frustrating afternoon at Donkey Lane for Billericay despite a promising first half. Enfield Town started brightly, determined to get something from the game but for all their efforts, Billericay looked the more threatening in front of goal. The breakthrough for the visitors came when a Ricky Modeste cross from the right was well met at the back post by Adam Cunnington. Town keeper Joe Wright was unable to smother the big strikers header as Billericay took the lead. Town fought back but as the half wore on it was Billericay who looked more in control.
The second half continued in much the same vein. Town more than held their own but without creating enough of a threat to beat Alan Julian in the Billericay goal. They came closest early in the second half when Sam Youngs header beat the Billericay keeper, but the ball was cleared off the line. It was a rare moment as Julian was busy but comfortable with the task being asked of him. At the other end Billericay looked weary and struggled to get a much needed second goal. Liam Hughes and Ricky Modeste both came close but couldn’t control good balls into the box from Jamie O’Hara. Adam Cunnington also had chances to increase his tally, but Town held on and created chances of their own. The warning signs were there for Billericay though as Julian was again called on to deny first Youngs, then Aaron Greene.
A throw in to Youngs at the back post nearly paid off late on as Town reminded Billericay it was not over yet. And with five minutes to go the Essex side had a glorious chance to put the result beyond doubt. O’Hara picked out Cunnington from a free kick but this time his header was kept out by a great save from Wright. The loose ball fell to the normally prolific Billy Bricknell but he could only strike the post from close range. The miss was to prove costly. With time up, O’Hara was dispossessed in mid field by Town’s Dernell Wynter and they surged forward. Tyler Campbell’s ball into the box picked out Ryan Blake, who whose first effort was blocked by Julian, but there was no stopping Blake’s follow up as the ball was swept into the Billericay net. There was only time left for O’Hara’s frustrations to cost him a red card for dissent to sum up the afternoon for Billericay.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Sami Bhimoutine, Dan Rumens, Mat Mitchell-King, Mathew Johnson, Ryan Blackman, Sam Youngs (Dernell Wynter 79), Aaron Greene (Simon Thomas 76), Brad Wadkins (Ryan Blake 75), Tyler Campbell.
Subs Not Used: Junior Mubiayi, Adam Martin.