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FA Trophy 2nd Round: BILLERICAY TOWN 3 STOURBRIDGE 2

By JOHN CHUBB

Billericay Town staged a superb comeback against Stourbridge of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division to seal a place in the last 16 of the FA Trophy, thanks to Billy Bricknell’s injury time winner.

After Matt Paine and Sam Deering had had early chances for the home side it was leading scorer Jake Robinson – back in Blues’ starting line up after sitting out two games with a hamstring injury – who put Glenn Tamplin’s men ahead after 19 minutes, finding Josh Urquhart’s cross and placing the ball into the corner of the net for his 38th goal of the season.

But although Ricay held on to this lead to have the upper hand at the break, their Midlands opponents had other ideas and it was the Glassboys who turned the game on its head in the first five minutes of the second half.

First of all Leon Broadhurst equalised in the 47th minute, then after Stourbridge goalkeeper Matt Gould saved a Joe Kizzi header at the opposite end, Stuart Pierpoint put the visitors in front on 50 minutes.

After Gould’s save from an overhead kick by Billericay’s Danny Waldren, the home side equalised in the 65th minute with Ricky Modeste finding the net from close range.

This set up a tense final quarter of the match as Blues began to push for a winner, home substitute Billy Bricknell forcing another save from Gold and Waldren going very close as he hit the post.

Then with four minutes of time added on by referee Carl Brook, Bricknell pounced in the dying seconds to put the home team through to the 3rd round of the Trophy, for the first time in 13 seasons.

Billericay Town: Alan Julian, Joe Kizzi, Josh Urquhart, Rob Swaine, Dean Inman, Sam Deering, Danny Waldren (Jamie O’Hara 89), Matt Paine (Billy Bricknell 59), Ricky Modeste (Sanchez Watt 79), Jake Robinson, Adam Cunnington.

Stourbridge: Matt Gould, Aris Christophorou (Aaron Forde 26), Darryl Westlake, Paul McCone, Stuart Pierpoint, Tom Tonks, Matt Dodd, Leon Broadhurst, Luke Benbow, Luke Shearer, Connor Gater (Jack Duggan 73).

Attendance: 1081


Bostik Premier League: BILLERICAY TOWN 1 MARGATE 1

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from the AGP Arena

In what proved to be a somewhat scrappy contest Billericay Town had to make do with salvaging a point against Margate, courtesy of a late Adam Cunnington equaliser.

Blues owner/manager Glenn Tamplin was boosted by the return to his squad of Jamie O’Hara, the former Tottenham midfielder having been missing from action since the end of last season due to a long term injury. He took one of the places on the home side’s substitutes’ bench, as did leading scorer Jake Robinson who had been nursing a minor injury.

In the first quarter of the match Ricay looked the stronger of the two sides, with Ricky Modeste and Sam Deering both having chances to score, but then the Gate started to seize a few opportunities and it was the visitors who went in front in added time at the end of the first half, David Martin firing a low shot into the corner of the net from close range to put the Kent side ahead.

Billericay rang the changes in preparation for the second period with a triple substitution, Robbie Evans Billy Bricknell and Louie Theophanous coming on to signal the home side’s attacking intentions.

After the restart Matt Paine had a couple of chances for Blues, one of which hit the post and captain Dean Inman had a header that went just wide, before Margate’s Frannie Collins had a shot pushed away by home goalkeeper Alan Julian on 65 minutes and 10 minutes later Collins’ strike partner, former Concord Rangers forward Jordan Chiedozie also had a chance to equalise, but Julian made another fine save.

Paine had another opportunity with 10 minutes remaining but young visiting keeper Sam Sargeant – making his debut for the Gate after signing on loan from Leyton Orient – managed to tip the ball over the crossbar, before Collins fired inches wide for the visitors a few minutes later.

In the 85th minute Billericay had a shout for a penalty, with Theophanous appearing to be tripped inside the box but referee Stephen Bates waved away the home side’s claims for a spot kick. Then with 3 minutes left, Blues striker Cunnington headed home from a corner to make it 1-1 and claim a point for his side.

So Billericay remain in 2nd place and five points behind table toppers Dulwich Hamlet, due to the South Londoners’ 4-3 home victory over Folkestone Invicta but the Blues have five games in hand, so the keen contest for first place continues.

Billericay Town: Alan Julian, Joe Kizzi, Josh Urquhart, Rob Swaine (Louie Theophanous 46), Dean Inman, Sam Deering, Danny Waldren (Robbie Evans 46), Matt Paine, Jermaine Pennant (Billy Bricknell 46),Ricky Modeste, Adam Cunnington.

Margate: Sam Sargeant, Jack Evans, Tom Wynter, James Rogers, Liam Friend, Ben Swift, Kane Haysman, Sam Blackman, Jordan Chiedozie, Frannie Collins, David Martin.

Attendance: 1570


Bostik Premier League BILLERICAY TOWN 1 THURROCK 0

By JOHN CHUBB

Billericay Town stayed top of the table and still unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the season, as they edged out fellow Essex side Thurrock in a Boxing Day local derby.

Glenn Tamplin’s men made a bright start to the match, Louie Theophanous and Matt Paine having early chances as visitors the Fleet struggled to keep possession for the first 10 minutes. Blues then went close just after the quarter of an hour mark, when a Josh Urquhart free kick went just wide of the post.

Ricay continued to push forward and leading scorer Jake Robinson almost broke the deadlock on 22 minutes, with a shot that smacked against the crossbar. Thurrock almost had a chance several minutes later, when the ball was crossed into the centre but midfielder Michael Pindy narrowly failed to connect.

After Danny Waldren had gone close for Billericay with 27 minutes on the clock, Sam Deering had a chance with a free kick six minutes later but this was saved by Fleet goalkeeper Ben McNamara.

Thurrock enjoyed a decent spell of possession as half time approached, but they were unable to create genuine goalscoring opportunities and it remained goalless at the break, after Robinson had almost broken the deadlock, beating McNamara but once again rattling the crossbar.

Blues added to their attack for the second half, with striker Billy Bricknell coming on in place of Nick Wheeler but it was Theophanous who had their first chance of the second half in the 49th minute, with a volley that just went wide.

Theophanous was then replaced by fellow striker Adam Cunnington, and this change was swiftly followed by a break of the deadlock on 57 minutes when a Dean Inman header was met at the back post by Robinson, who tapped home for his 37th goal of the season. This was seen as a fitting tribute to well known Billericay supporter Nigel Harris, who passed away suddenly at the age of 57 just before Christmas and whose life was being celebrated at the match.

The visitors then battled hard to get back into the game, Charlie Stimson (from a free kick) and Joel Nouble both having good chances before Deering nearly doubled Blues’ lead with a quarter of an hour left, his shot just going wide of McNamara’s goal.

Waldren missed a couple of late chances, but In the end one goal proved to be enough for Billericay to strengthen their league leadership ahead of rivals Dulwich Hamlet, who visit the AGP Arena this Saturday in what will be a crucial game.

Billericay Town: Alan Julian, Robbie Evans, Josh Urquhart, Matt Paine, Dean Inman, Sam Deering, Ricky Modeste (Sanchez Watt 73), Danny Waldren, Louie Theophanous (Adam Cunnington 55), Jake Robinson, Nick Wheeler (Billy Bricknell 46).

Thurrock: Ben McNamara, Reece Morgan, Remi Sutton, Perry Dunn (Morgan Seaman 80), Curtis Utah, Joe Christou, Michael Pindy (Joel Brown-Bampoe 82), Lewis Spence, Charlie Stimson (Timothy Ogunrinde 67), Ronnie Winn, Joel Nouble.

Referee: Elliott Kaye

Attendance: 1653


FA Trophy 1st Round: Billericay Town 3 Havant & Waterlooville 1

By JOHN CHUBB

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Billericay Town enjoyed cup success against opposition from a higher league – not for the first time this season – as they saw off National League South high fliers Havant & Waterlooville at the AGP Arena to progress to the 2nd round of the FA Trophy.

The visiting Hawks – currently lying fourth in the National League South- had the first chance of the match, a header from Jason Prior which was blocked by Billericay captain Dean Inman but The Blues took the lead after just four minutes, when midfielder Sam Deering seized an opportunity from a defensive error and set up prolific forward Jake Robinson who put the home side in front.

As the first half progressed Havant had a lot of possession, and put pressure on the home defence but Ricay coped well, and had chances to extend their lead via Ricky Modeste and Louie Theophanous in spite of being on the back foot at times.

The Hawks, managed by former Manchester City and Southend United striker Lee Bradbury came close to an equaliser seven minutes before half time, when Wes Fogdan rounded Blues goalkeeper Alan Julian but he was unable to find the corner of the net with his subsequent shot.

Then on 40 minutes, both sides were suddenly down to 10 men. Billericay’s Matt Paine received a straight red card from referee Jack Packman despite appearing to have won the ball. In the melee that followed Havant’s Jordan Rose was also given his marching orders.

The visitors had the first chances of the second half, both of which were stopped well by Julian but then Josh Urquhart had a strike saved by Havant keeper Ryan Young at the other end. Then in the 49th minute Robinson scored his and the home side’s second, latching onto a long through ball and superbly smashing it into the corner of the net for his 33rd goal of the season.

Another excellent Julian save from Prior prevented the Hawks from getting back into the game a few minutes later, but on 64 minutes Matt Tubbs – who had only come on as s substitute seven minutes previously – headed home to bring the score back to 2-1.

As the game went into the last 20 minutes the Billericay management team decided to add to their attacking options, with striker Adam Cunnington replacing Modeste. Shortly after the substitution Blues’ Robbie Evans fired over the bar from 20 yards, then a few minutes later at the other end Havant came very close to an equaliser, which was denied them due to a superb goal line clearance from defender Urquhart.

The Hawks continued to push for an equaliser as the game approached the 90 minute mark, Urquhart and Julian as well as Inman all denying the Hampshire side with some excellent defending. Four minutes of time added on followed, during which Cunnington and Danny Waldren had efforts stopped by Young.

Then with 94 minutes on the clock, Deering made sure that Billericay’s name went into the hat for the second round when he scored with virtually the last kick of the game to make it 3-1 to Glenn Tamplin’s side.

Billericay Town: Alan Julian, Robbie Evans, Josh Urquhart, Joe Kizzi, Dean Inman, Sam Deering, Danny Waldren, Matt Paine, Ricky Modeste (Adam Cunnington 71), Louie Theophanous (Rob Swaine 58), Jake Robinson (Jermaine Pennant 86).

Havant & Waterlooville: Ryan Young, Rory Williams, Ryan Woodward, Edward Harris, Wes Fogdan, Theo Lewis (Matt Tubbs 57), Jason Prior, Bradley Tarbuck, Mike Carter (Theo Widdrington 60), Andreas Robinson, Jordan Rose.

Attendance: 705


Sky Bet League One: SOUTHEND UNITED 2 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from Roots Hall

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Southend United moved up to ninth place in League One with a fine home victory over Oldham.

Blues manager Phil Brown was forced to make one change to his starting line up, former West Ham full back Stephen Hendrie replacing the suspended Michael Timlin but the side that took to the pitch at the start of the game was otherwise unaltered from the one that drew 1-1 with Oxford United last Saturday.

After an opening quarter of an hour which brought only a few half chances for each side – although Eoin Doyle had gone close for Oldham seconds into the match – Blues were awarded a penalty in the 17tn minute. Midfielder Josh Wright was adjudged to have been fouled by Latics defender Cameron Dummigan and referee Charles Breakspear immediately pointed to the spot.

Penalties have been a sore point for Southend lately – both Wright and Nile Ranger have missed spot kicks in recent weeks – but this time Jason Demetriou stepped up to take one and made no mistake, slotting the ball into the right hand corner of the net to make it 1-0 to the Shrimpers.

From this point Southend were having most of the chances the game had to offer as half time approached, but all of a sudden Oldham were awarded a penalty 5 minutes before the break as Rob Hunt was challenged just inside the box by Demetriou. Hunt fell to the floor and referee Breakspear once again pointed to the spot.

Latics number 9 Craig Davies stepped up to take the penalty, but his effort was superbly tipped over by Blues goalkeeper Mark Oxley who ensured his side went in 1-0 up at the break.

Unfortunately for Southend they lost winger Michael Kightly to injury just before half time, after the former Stoke and Burnley man had put in some good work on the left flank and created some decent chances so fellow midfielder Anthony Wordsworth took his place.

The Shrimpers doubled their lead 9 minutes into the second half, following a great move which started when striker Marc-Antoine Fortune played the ball out wide to Stephen McLaughlin. He just about managed to keep the ball in play before placing it perfectly into the box, from where Josh Wright volleyed home with a superb strike to make it 2-0.

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Southend continued to put pressure on the visitors and Demetriou nearly added a third 20 minutes from the end, the Cyprus international full back’s effort from the right flank sailing closely past the left post. Ryan Leonard had a similar effort a few minutes later, following good work from Fortune who put in a battling and hard working performance up front all afternoon.

Oldham’s leading scorer Doyle had a couple of late efforts including a header which hit the outside of the post, but Blues held on for a well deserved victory.

All in all this was a good afternoon’s work by Southend, and reminiscent of some of their more impressive performances of last season although the quality of the opposition was not the highest on this occasion. If they can continue to put in shifts like this, especially when facing some of League One’s top sides then they should achieve more victories rather than some of the indifferent results they have had at times lately.

Southend United: Mark Oxley, Jason Demetriou, Anton Ferdinand, Michael Turner, Stephen Hendrie, Michael Kightly (Anthony Wordsworth 45), Josh Wright, Ryan Leonard, Stephen McLoughlin, Simon Cox (Amadou Ba 83), Marc-Antoine Fortune

Oldham Athletic: Johny Placide, Cameron Dummigan, Jack Gardner, Craig Davies, Eoin Doyle, Queensy Menig (Genaro Nepomuceno 57), Rob Hunt, Ousmane Fane, Peter Clarke (Brian Wilson 60), Jack Byrne (Tope Obadeyi 72), Kean Bryan.

Attendance: 5841 (233 from Oldham)


Bostik Premier League: BILLERICAY TOWN 4 LEISTON 0

By JOHN CHUBB

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Billericay Town continued to put pressure on Bostik Premier leaders Dulwich Hamlet, Glenn Tamplin’s side enjoying another impressive victory at the expense of visitors Leiston.

As has often been the case this season the Blues took an early lead, striker Adam Cunnington finding the net after only four minutes of play as he towered to head home Josh Urquhart’s cross. But a largely uneventful first half followed, with Nicky Wheeler going closest for the home side when he missed the target from only five yards.

Leiston’s Jerome Trotter had a couple of efforts that went over Billericay goalkeeper Alan Julian’s crossbar, whilst Jermaine Pennant and Cunnington were both not far from adding to their team’s lead, but at half time only one goal separated the sides.

Four minutes into the second half Ricay thought they should have had a penalty when top scorer Jake Robinson went down inside the box, but the referee waved play on. But the former Brighton and Hove Albion striker opened his account for the afternoon on the hour mark, when substitute Louie Theophanous – on for Cunnington – set him up with a reverse pass which he put through visiting keeper Marcus Garnham’s legs to make it 2-0.

Leiston had a couple of chances to get back into the game. Former Ipswich Town defender Jack Ainsley fired over from 15 yards, and Dominic Docherty also went close for the Suffolk side, but Blues keeper Julian was largely a spectator as the home team gradually brushed aside their opponents.

Then with 15 minutes remaining, new Billericay captain and record signing Dean Inman headed the ball in the direction of the goal. His effort fell to Robinson, who found the net to make it 3-0.

In injury time, the rout was completed when Theophanous once again set up Robinson, this time with a cross to make it 4-0. Robinson has now found the net 29 times in a season not yet halfway through, an extraordinary tally which now includes five hat-tricks.

So Billericay ended the afternoon in second place in the league, three points behind leaders Dulwich but with five games in hand on the South Londoners. They have a chance to not only narrow the gap but also go top on goal difference this Tuesday evening, when they host Mertsham at the AGP Arena.

Billericay Town: Alan Julian, Joe Kizzi, Josh Urquhart, Rob Swaine, Dean Inman, Sam Deering, Jermaine Pennant (Ricky Modeste 61), Matt Paine (Danny Waldren 67), Nick Wheeler, Jake Robinson, Adam Cunnington (Louie Theophanous 52).

Leiston: Marcus Garnham, Joe Marsden, Seb Dunbar, Jack Ainsley, Joe Jefford, Dominic Docherty, Jerome Trotter (Joshua Cheetham 60), Chris Henderson, Matt Blake, Christy Finch, Patrick Brothers.

Attendance: 894


FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round: Billericay Town 6 Bury Town 2

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from the AGP Arena

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Billericay Town enjoyed cup success for the second time in 4 days, as Glenn Tamplin’s side progressed to the next stage of the FA Trophy at the expense of Bostik North side Bury Town.

Former Arsenal midfielder Sanchez Watt and record signing Dean Inman, both of whom enjoyed impressive Blues debuts by providing the goals in Wednesday night’s 3-0 Velocity Trophy win at Maldon & Tiptree were both included in the starting line-up along with fellow new arrival Nick Wheeler. Jack Giddens, who Tamplin said had provided him with ‘a selection headache’ ahead of this tie following an impressive display on Wednesday kept his place between the sticks, ahead of Alan Julian.

The home side took the lead with less than 3 minutes on the clock, striker Adam Cunnington cleverly lobbing Bury goalkeeper Luis Tibbles who could only look in, as the ball sailed over his head and into the net.

Then the visitors were awarded a penalty in the 8th minute, following a foul by home captain Paul Konchesky. Cemal Ramadan’s well struck spot kick went to the left of Giddens and into the goal, and the Suffolk side were now level.

All of a sudden Blues found themselves somewhat on the back foot as Bury attempted to press forward, and with 15 minutes on the clock a misplaced clearance by Konchesky bounced back into play, and Oliver Hughes managed to bundle the ball past Giddens to make it 2-1 to the Bostik North side.

Ricay responded by putting together some promising attacking moves, Danny Waldren having a chance from the edge of the area that was well stopped by Tibbles, then from the ensuing corner centre half Rob Swaine had a header tipped over the bar by the Bury keeper. Swaine then equalised for his side in the 23rd minute, picking up a Konchesky cross and nodding the ball out of Tibbles’ reach and inside the post to bring the scores level.

On the half hour mark Cunnington nearly put Billericay back in front with a close range effort, but this time Tibbles was able to reach the ball easily. Cunnington then had a close range header saved with a few minutes to go until half time, following a well placed inswinging cross from Jermaine Pennant.

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A half time double substitution saw Watt replaced by top scorer Jake Robinson, with Sam Deering coming on for Swaine as Blues reverted to 3 at the back. Pennant went close with.a free kick from outside the area early in the second period, which Tibbles stopped and the Bury keeper was wise to Robinson’s attempt to capitalise from close range.

Cunnington then went close a couple of times, hitting the bar on one occasion before Robinson put the home side back in front on 56 minutes, heading in Dan Walker’s excellent cross from a run down the right hand side to make it 3-2.

Following an effort from the lively Walker Ricay were awarded a penalty just the hour mark, following a push on Pennant inside the box but Cunnington’s spot kick was well stopped by Tibbles. Robinson then made it 4-2 from close range just after the hour mark, after being set up by Wheeler.

The home side were now in full command and substitute Deering fired just wide of the left post with 20 minutes remaining, just before Cunnington went close from another excellent Wheeler cross. Wheeler and fellow wide man Walker then combined to set up Robinson, the former Brighton and Hove Albion forward scoring his 2nd and his side’s 5th to put the tie beyond the reach of the visitors.

But Blues were not finished yet, as with 7 minutes remaining Deering sent an excellent left footed strike past Tibbles to make it 6-2. This completed another impressive cup performance, and one which will fill them with confidence ahead of Thursday’s FA Cup replay at home to Leatherhead.

Billericay Town: Jack Giddens, Leo Chambers, Paul Konchesky (Joe Kizzi 66), Dean Inman, Rob Swaine (Sam Deering 46), Jermaine Pennant, Dan Walker, Danny Waldren, Adam Cunnington, Sanchez Watt (Jake Robinson 46), Nick Wheeler.

Bury Town: Luis Tibbles, Tevan Allen, Ryan Yallop (Tommy Robinson 65), Oliver Fenn, Joe White, Kyran Clements, Oliver Hughes (David Cooper 90), Ryan Jolland, Cemal Ramadan, Bradley Barber (Joe Yaxley 87), Darren Mills.

Referee: George Warren

Attendance: 1376


Essex Senior Cup Third Round: BILLERICAY TOWN 7 SOUTHEND UNITED 3

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from the AGP Arena

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Billericay Town were clearly unfazed by the task of facing a Football League club in the Essex Senior Cup, as they fired 7 goals past an experimental Southend United team.

Town assistant managers Harry Wheeler and Danny Hazel, looking after the side in Glenn Tamplin’s absence rested several players who have been first team regulars in recent times. Among those coming into the side were goalkeeper Jack Giddens, who recently returned from a loan spell at Heybridge Swifts and the latest Ricay recruit, former Leicester City youngster Andre Olukanmi who was included in the home side’s midfield.

Shrimpers manager Phil Brown took the opportunity to give some of his under-23 players some experience, but also involved several of his first team squad. The most experienced professionals in the line up were midfield man Jermaine McGlashan, and strikers Nile Ranger and Theo Robinson but Dru Yearwood and Elvis Bwomono, both of whom have been involved in recent EFL League One fixtures for the Roots Hall club were also included.

The home side hit the ground running as early as the 4th minute, Jake Robinson firing the ball home at the back post following a Joe Ellul flick on, to make it 1-0. A couple of minutes later Theo Robinson went close for the Shrimpers but in the 9th minute Billy Bricknell met a corner at the other end, and capitalised on an error by the young visiting goalkeeper Nathan Bishop to make it 2-0 to Billericay.

Southend were back in it after a quarter of an hour thanks to Ranger firing the ball past Giddens and into the net, but on 23 minutes the home side were awarded a penalty after Bwomono was adjudged to have fouled Olukanmi. Bricknell made no mistake from the spot to make it 3-1 to Ricay.

Five minutes into the second half and it was Southend who got back into the tie when they were awarded a penalty. Amadou Ba, who had replaced the injured Ranger just over halfway through the first 45 minutes slotted the ball home. But it only took Billericay 3 minutes to reply, as Bricknell controlled a cross and fired a great effort past Bishop to seal his hat trick and make it 4-2 to the home side.

On 65 minutes Southend boss Brown made another change, sending on youngster Norman Wabo in place of Theo Robinson and he made almost an immediate impact, scoring to bring the scoreline back to 4-3 but 5 minutes later Jake Robinson had added another to make it 5 goals for the home side. A couple of minutes later it was 6 as Dan Walker rifled the ball past Bishop from 10 yards out, then Robinson completed the rout 10 minutes from time when he found the net from a Jermaine Pennant corner to make it 7-3, and in doing so became the Billericay supporters’ second 3-goal hero of an extraordinary evening.

So Billericay now go through to the next stage of the Essex Senior Cup, and certainly left their professional visitors with something to think about.

Billericay Town: Jack Giddens, Joshua Urquhart, Paul Konchesky, Joe Ellul, Matt Paine, Sam Deering (Louie Theophanous 56), Dan Walker, Jermaine Pennant, Andre Olukanmi, Jake Robinson, Billy Bricknell (Leo Chambers 65).

Southend United : Nathan Bishop, Elvis Bwomono, Dan Matsuzaka, Zak Pianim, Nico Cotton, Jermaine McGlashan (Harry Phillips 75), Dru Yearwood, Michael Klass, Jack Bridge, Theo Robinson (Norman Wabo 65), Nile Ranger (Amadou Ba 25).

Attendance: 1210


Bostik Premier League: BILLERICAY TOWN 2 ENFIELD TOWN 1

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from the AGP Arena

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Billericay Town followed their victorious FA Cup exploits by continuing their excellent run of league wins, as they came back from behind to claim all three points against Enfield Town.

Blues were once again without the injured Ricky Modeste, and there was one personnel change from the side that beat Brackley Town 2-1 on Tuesday night to gain the club a place in the FA Cup 1st round proper for only the second time ever. Robbie Evans, who had been controversially sent off in Tuesday’s replay moved to the back four in place of Kevin Foley, and Jermaine Pennant returned to the team to replace Evans in midfield.

The game started slowly, with neither side having many chances in the early stages as they battled with the blustery conditions. Then with 14 minutes gone, Enfield Town were awarded a penalty but home goalkeeper Alan Julian saved the spot kick.

Just after the midway stage of the first half Enfield Town had a chance after Ricay’s centre half Rob Swaine put the ball out for a corner, but Ruan Blake failed to capitalise. Then a couple of minutes later, Danny Waldren and Louie Theophanous had efforts for the home side but both went wide. Just after the half hour mark Blues’ Jake Robinson also had a chance, which was superbly stopped by Enfield’s former Billericay goalkeeper Joe Wright.

But it was the visiting side who broke the deadlock in the 37th minute. The Towners’ centre back Taylor McKenzie met the ball at the back post, and powered home a header past Julian to put his side in front. Waldren and Adam Cunnington responded with chances for Billericay, but both were fired over and the home team therefore went into the interval a goal behind.

Blues’ first real chance of the second period came on 53 minutes, when a Theophanous shot sailed just wide before the management team made a change, keeping with the same formation but swapping Cunnington for fellow striker Billy Bricknell. Billericay were now pushing hard for an equaliser, Waldren again going close with Wright doing superbly well to tip his effort wide. After another Theophanous effort Blues made another substitution, this time in midfield as Pennant made way for Dan Walker.

The home team were really coming to life now, as Theophanous (again) Bricknell and Evans all had efforts stopped by the excellent Wright. The breakthrough came through 20 minutes from time, after a foul and Bricknell fired home from the spot to make it 1-1.

Enfield Town tried to respond, with Julian having to be alert as he made a superb save to prevent his side from going behind again with 76 minutes on the clock. Then with just 4 minutes of normal time left Theophanous passed to Deering, and Wright was beaten for the second time as Ricay took the lead.

That goal proved to be enough, as Billericay held out for all 3 points and a 9th league victory in succession. They have moved up to 3rd place in the Bostik Premier, with 3 points less than both leaders Hendon and 2nd placed Dulwich but the Blues have games in hand on both of those sides.

Billericay Town: Alan Julian, Leo Chambers, Paul Konchesky, Robbie Evans, Rob Swaine, Sam Deering, Jermaine Pennant (Dan Walker 60), Danny Waldren, Louie Theophanous, Jake Robinson (Joe Ellul 87), Adam Cunnington (Billy Bricknell 54).

Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Jon Kyriacou, Dan Rumens, Taylor McKenzie, Rob Bartley, Adam Martin, Ryan Blackman, Montell Moore, Ruan Blake, Simon Thomas, Aaron Greene.

Attendance: 1559


Sky Bet League One: SOUTHEND UNITED 1 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 1

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from Roots Hall

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Southend United shared the spoils with Peterborough in what was a high tempo game of football at Roots Hall.

Blues were again without captain Anton Ferdinand – still serving a suspension following his post-final dismissal in the recent 4-1 defeat at Doncaster Rovers – and Jermaine McGlashan who received a red card in the 3-0 reversal at Wigan Athletic on Saturday. Forwards Simon Cox and Marc-Antoine Fortune came into the starting line up, replacing McGlashan and Theo Robinson.

Southend took the lead with 10 minutes gone when Fortune’s right foot shot found the corner of the net. His striking colleague Cox had a decent chance only a minute later, but Posh goalkeeper Jonathan Bond was alert to the danger and saved comfortably from the former West Bromwich Albion man.

Blues had the better of the first half of the match, one of the few Peterborough chances in this period coming from a Marcus Maddison corner midway through the half, but despite the best efforts of his team mates to find an opening the ball was scrambled to safety by the home defence. Gwion Edwards had a header for Posh on the half hour mark, but it sailed high over the bar. Anthony Wordsworth then fired wide for Southend in the 34th minute, following good work down the right flank from youngster Dru Yearwood.

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In the second half, with 54 minutes gone Yearwood made another lighting run down the right and his powerful shot bounced off the crossbar. But only a minute later Peterborough caught the home side on the break, Jack Marriott firing the ball home from close range after a goalmouth scramble, to bring the game level and score his 10th goal of the season for the Posh. Maddison had another goalmouth effort just before the hour mark, Mark Oxley in the Southend goal saving this time but Posh were clearly energised by their equaliser and playing with increased confidence.

Shrimpers manager Phil Brown obviously wanted more attacking options as the game approached the final 20 minutes left, as he replaced Fortune with fellow strikers Robinson and Nile Ranger. Wordsworth then attempted to put Blues back in front, with a volley which went wide of Bond’s goal. Robinson and Ranger then made a quick impact, both of them having shots from the edge of the area but both caught by Bond.

13 minutes from time Jason Demetriou had a close range effort parried away by Bond as Southend continued to push hard for a winner. Josh Wright had a great effort tipped over the bar by Bond in the 79th minute. Then it was Oxley’s turn to save the day for Southend as he made a superb save from Peterborough substitute Callum Chettle’s header, following an excellent cross from Edwards.

As the game moved into four minutes of added time Wright had another chance for the Shrimpers, but it was too high. So Southend gained a draw following two disappointing defeats on the road, and remain in 15th place in League One but many Blues fans will have gone home thinking they should perhaps have picked up all three points.

Southend: Mark Oxley, Jason Demetriou, John White, Ryan Leonard, Dru Yearwood, Anthony Wordsworth, Stephen McLoughlin (Theo Robinson 68), Josh Wright, Michael Timlin, Simon Cox, Marc-Antoine Fortune (Nile Ranger 68).

Peterborough: Jonathan Bond, Jack Baldwin, Steven Taylor, Ryan Tafazolli, Andrew Hughes, Leonardo Da Silva Lopes, Anthony Grant, Jermaine Anderson (Callum Chettle 78), Gwion Edwards, Jack Marriott, Marcus Maddison.

Attendance: 5789 (228 from Peterborough)