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Havant & Waterlooville v Billericay Town – Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round – Westleigh Park – Report
Havant & Waterlooville 3-2 Billericay Town
Chris Mumford at Westleigh Park
It was a miserable day on the South Coast for Kevin Watson’s Billericay Town side as they faced Havant and Waterlooville for a place in the fourth qualifying round of this season’s FA Cup.
The Blues battled against strong winds and persistent rain throughout the entire match. Watson was without several key first-team players, all out through injury, and had no recognised strikers available, Bought into the side was youngster Louie Hunt, making his debut and ploughing a lone furrow in attack.
Chances came and were spurned by the home side, who could have gone in at the break with a commanding lead had they have taken them. Billericay by way of reply found the going difficult but Chambers could have counted himself unlucky after the referee didn’t see James Collins rugby tackle him to the floor in the six-yard box, waving the Billericay penalty appeals away.
The two sides went into the half time interval level at 0-0.
Just as in last week’s defeat to Hemel Hempsted in the league, Billericay started the second half slowly. Within three minutes Havant capitalised on poor defending – McCarthy had the simplest of tap-ins to give the home side the lead.
Billericay had trouble cutting out crosses coming into the box and Havant capitalised on this, going further ahead when Roberts scored after 62 minutes and Wright on 67.
Watson changed things about bringing on Reason and Lee for Graham and Cumberbatch and as Havant dwelled on their three-goal lead. Finally, Town started showing signs of improvement.
Foxley magnificently curled in a free-kick from 22 yards to give Watson’s side a glimmer of hope. That glimmer became a shaft of light when Pinto was pulled down in the Havant area and Foxley converted from the spot five minutes from time to bring it back to 3-2.
But time ran out on a Billercay come-back. They will now focus their attention on getting off the bottom of the league table next weekend when they travel to Champion Hill to face Dulwich Hamlet.
Billericay Town Live Radio Man of the Match: Darren Foxley.