Billericay Town v Slough Town – Vanarama National League South – New Lodge – Saturday 3pm – Preview
It must seem like a lifetime ago that Billericay Town ended a wretched start to their Vanarama National League South campaign with a resounding 4-1 victory at Hemem Hampstead Town.
Four successive defeats were extinguished by a performance much more recognisable from Jamie O’Hara’s man. However, with an opportunity to swiftly back that result up denied due to inactivity, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder will be hoping that his charges haven’t forgotten that winning feeling in the eleven days since.
“Good performance, happy for the boys, really happy that we’ve got the result,” O’Hara enthused after the victory at Vauxhall Road
“It’s been tough, it’s been painful over the past few weeks to go through what we’ve gone through in terms of fine margins not going our way and not quite clicking.”
But having put the record straight, the Blues chief will be only too aware that building a head of steam is now vital to propel his side up the table in double-quick time.
Billericay have an opportunity to double their money when Slough Town visit New Lodge on Saturday. The Arbour Park club has made an inconsistent start to the season, winning and losing twice in their opening five matches – most recently slipping by the odd goal in five against promotion-chasing Maidstone United.
Nevertheless, with Jake Robinson spearheading that win at Hemel with an impressive hat-trick, O’Hara will believe a tonic has been provided: “Yes, it’s a boost,” he added.
“I don’t think we’ve been that far off it. The results say otherwise, we’ve lost games. But we are not getting beat four or five, we are not getting turned over, we are in every single game and it’s just quite hasn’t happened.
“Individual mistakes over the four games cost us dearly, but we haven’t been out of it.”
Ultimately, results will underlie whether the Blues are back on track, but it’s clear that the manager has never lost the faith and will leave no stone unturned in a bid to turn Billericay Town into genuine contenders as the season unfolds.