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Billericay Town v Hemel Hempstead Town – Vanarama National League South – New Lodge – Report
Billericay Town 2-3 Hemel Hempstead
(Chris Mumford at New Lodge)
A decent crowd gathered eagerly anticipating a first win of the season for Kevin Watson’s Billericay Town side. However, it was fellow strugglers, Hemel Hempstead Town who heaped further problems on the troubled hosts with a 3-2 Vanarama National League South victory at New Lodge.
One would have imagined that last weeks cup win over Braintree Town at Cressing Road would have installed a bit of confidence into Watson’s side. However, after a lethargic start, it was the visitors who snatched a third-minute lead. Hind converting from close range – The Tudor’s on-course for a priceless victory.
Billericay continued to flounder as Hemel enjoyed the greater possession and better chances. Indeed, the visitors could have extended their lead when Simpson went through on goal, only be denied by Bailey Vose. The Blues stopper taking the full impact of the shot in his face in diverted it behind for a corner.
The home side search for a foothold. Pinto fed debutant Graham, who tore down the left-hand side before pulling back a perfect cross for the advancing Liburd, who volleyed home from close range shortly before the break.
Hemel goalkeeper, Nick Hayes made a stunning one-handed save to deny Pinto in the closing moments of the half. But Billericay started the second period in much the same fashion conceding from a corner six minutes after the restart when defender James Kaloczi arrived at the far post to send a thumping header beyond Vose.
Four minutes later it was 3-1. Another set-piece – Jonathan Lacey profiting for the visitors.
Hemel twice hit the woodwork as they looked to completely kill the contest. Nevertheless, they did pull a goal back a quarter of an hour from time through Chambers although it wasn’t enough to prevent the Blues from slipping to the bottom of the table with five defeats from their opening six Vanarama National League South outings.
It doesn’t get any easier for Manager Watson and his charges. Billericay Town faces a tough Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round tie at Havant and Waterlooville next Saturday before returning to league action on October 9, when they travel to Champion Hill to face Dulwich Hamlet.
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