Town turnaround continues as Slough slip at New Lodge

Billericay Town 2-1 Slough Town
Chris Mumford reporting from New Lodge

Billericay entertained fellow strugglers at New Lodge on a cloudy afternoon, looking for their second win on the bounce following their 2-1 win at Dulwich Hamlet last week.

With Jodie Brown taking the reins of Management following the departure of Mark Watson and his assistant Mark Hughes just over a week and a half ago, both teams started fairly brightly. However, it took only eight minutes before the visitors rained on his parade when left-back Freddie Grant smashed in a drive from the edge of the box which hit the underside of the crossbar before crossing the line to give Slough the lead.
However, Billericay’s response was excellent.

Kweku, scoring his second goal in successive games with a ferocious first-time thunderbolt from inside the area, leaving Slough keeper Jonathan North clutching fresh air, as the sides drew level in the thirteenth minute. The rest of the first half did not live up to that of the opening third of the game, and the sides went in one apiece at the interval.

The second half remained uninspiring by either side and the game looked like it was petering out into a 1-1 draw. However, Billericay had other ideas. In the 85th minute, Anderson Pinto cut in from the right and ran into the Slough box. His pace and trickery bamboozled Grant who stuck out a trailing leg and bought down the Billericay Midfielder. Referee Isaac Searle had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Up stepped Sutherland who smashed the ball into the top left corner to seal a very important three points which lifts Billericay Town up to 18th place in the table.

Manager Jody Brown was not totally enamoured with his team’s performance, but he must have been grateful for the win in his first match in charge.

Next week, Billericay will look to continue to get their season back on track when they face another 6-pointer against Tonbridge Angels at home next Saturday afternoon.

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