Billericay are back on the bottom after Hungerford hammering

Billericay Town v Hungerford Town – Vanarama National League South – New Lodge – Report

Billericay Town 1-4 Hungerford Town
(Chris Mumford at New Lodge)

Billericay Town slipped back to the bottom of the Vanarama National League South table after Hungerford Town inflicted a third successive defeat on Jody Brown’s men.

Brown certainly has his work cut out. Despite sporting three debutants, the Blues problems persist and need addressing swiftly if they are to avoid dropping a division after four seasons at this level.

With difficult matches on the horizon, Brown needs to recruit further signings of the quality desired to complete at this level.

Hungerford’s direct approach created several chances in the opening minutes, however, Billericay also started reasonably adventurous. Nevertheless, it was the visitors who snatched an early lead. Chambers played Wanjau-Smith onside, who, in turn, provided a tap in for leading goal-scorer Ryan Seager.

Billericay poured forward but without an end product. Hungerford goalkeeper, Cairney remained largely untroubled. Having absorbed what the Blues had to offer, the visitors struck again.

Partridge curled into the top corner from twenty yards, despite a despairing dive by Vose. You sensed a long afternoon ahead for the home fans amongst the 750-strong crowd.

One felt that the next goal would be crucial to the outcome. However, the injury jinx that has plagued Billericay all season, struck again when Chambers, rising at the edge of the penalty area, managed to make a connection with the back of Charlie Lee’s head, resulting in a very bloodied nose. He was immediately replaced by Sutherland who dropped into midfield – Lee reverting into the backline.

Sutherland had only been on the field for a couple of minutes when Jake Evans caught him in possession before firing low beyond Vose to make three.

Incredibly, Billericay reemerged for the second period with a little desire, looking controlled in every department other than the all-important scoreline.

Lee almost pulled a goal back with a diving header that was hacked clear. But as Billericay came forward, Hungerford exploited the gaps. Seager converted from the penalty spot to grab his second of the afternoon after Wanjau-Smith had taken a tumble just inside the area.

Billericay’s toil was rewarded in the final minutes when Lee fired home It was too late to have any impact, but Brown’s team deserved something to show for an improved second-half showing.

As mentioned before, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It is going to take some time to reshape the squad. Blues fans will need to be patient with the new manager.

Billericay Town returns to Vanarama National League South action on Saturday, November 13 when they travel to Chippenham Town (3pm).

Billericay Town Live Radio Man of the Match: Jack Munns. An excellent debut. Deserved better for his efforts.


Brian Jeeves

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