Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from New Lodge
Billericay Town were on top form on Wednesday night as they demolished promotion-chasing Needham Market, who currently lie 2nd in the Ryman Premier League.
Craig Edwards’ men dominated the match pretty much from the kick off, and the Suffolk side’s shellshocked manager Mark Morsley admitted after the match that the Blues could easily have taken the scoreline into double figures.
Abs Seymour set the tone for the evening when he opened the scoring for Billericay after just 3 minutes, his left foot strike from the edge of the penalty area beating the Marketmen’s goalkeeper Danny Gay. Lewis Taafe, one of many outstanding performers on the night came close to scoring a couple of times, but it was not until the 34th minute that the home side found the net again, captain Rob Swaine firing a right footed drive into the left corner of the goal to make it 2-0.
The floodgates opened from that point. In the 39th minute, just after Billy Bricknell headed just wide of the post his strike partner Adam Cunnington headed in his first goal for the club from a cross to make it 3-0. Morsley was becoming visibly frustrated and was spoken to by referee Stephen Bates, following an inappropriate touchline comment.
As half time approached the prolific Bricknell made it 4-0, firing a right foot shot into the left corner of the net after being set up by the excellent Seymour.
Following the restart, Billericay were fully in command and goalkeeper Jack Giddens was a virtual spectator as Needham Market were unable to break down the home team. Bricknell came close to adding to his tally a couple of times but it was Cunnington who made it 5-0 with 72 minutes on the clock, heading home from a free kick to leave Gay stranded once more. With 3 minutes of normal time left Needham Market’s misery was complete as substitute Isaac Layne made it 6-0, beating four outfield players in the process before slotting the ball past Gay.
A magnificent win then for the Blues, who received a well earned standing ovation from the home supporters at the final whistle and following 4 league wins on the bounce, they are now just 8 points away from the play-off spots. Billericay fans must now be thinking that a late season surge for the top 5 is a realistic possibility.
Billericay: Giddens, Eyong, Fitzsimons, Seymour, Swaine, Ellul, Taaffe (Diallo 82), Johnson, Cunnington, Bricknell (Assombalonga 73), Krasniqi (Layne 73).
Needham Market: Gay, Dye, Wight, Fenn, Miller, Morphew, Ingram, Holland, Dobson, Clarke, Coakley (Sands 60).