Duo take charge for derby trophy tie

Billericay Town v Braintree Town – Buildbase FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round – New Lodge – Tuesday 7:45pm – Preview

Billericay Town will briefly welcome up to 500 supporters through the New Lodge turnstiles, offering the Blues faithful an opportunity to see their charges under the interim leadership of Dan Brown and skipper Ronnie Henry.

The duo took temporary charge following the departure of Jamie O’Hara but COVID infections having hampered preparations since. Tuesday’s Buildbase FA Trophy clash with improving Braintree Town will offer an opportunity to put ideas into practice as the club look to find some consistency following an indifferent start to the campaign.

“There won’t be any drastic changes,” Brown explained.

“We’ll just be trying to get them – how I see – to win games – more on the training side of things.”

Brown was aware of the threat posed by the Iron but remained quietly confident: “Local derby – I’ve watched a couple of Braintree’s games – see how they set up,” he added.

“They are on a high – new manager – new players. It’ll just be how we deal with the situation and how we set up.

“But I feel positive. There’s been a good response from the players in the time I’ve had speaking to them.”

Brown has no fresh injury concerns and has a full squad available. The winners will face either Bracknell Town or Havant & Waterlooville at the next stage of the competition.

Jake Robinson can set a club record if he finds the net this evening. The popular frontman has scored eight times in the last six matches and will become the first player in Town’s history to score in seventh-successive matches should he breach Braintree this evening.

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Brian Jeeves

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