Billericay Town 3, Thamesmead Town 2
BILLERICAY survived a big scare in Saturday’s Ryman Premier clash at New Lodge, to come from 2-0 down at half time, to beat newly promoted Thamesmead.
Two divisions separated thes e sides last season and Thamesmead arrived in Essex as big underdogs having lost their first two games and conceded nine goals without scoring. And they suffered a blow before kick off when goalkeeper Rob Budd injured his shoulder, and Calum MaGeeghan had to stand in.
The Mead did a great job of protecting him in the first half and looked a threat going forward.
They took the lead after nine minutes when Lewis Tizer lifted a ball forward to Jon Main who looped a shot into the net.
The Mead increased their lead in the 29th minute when a long throw caused problems and the ball broke to Danny Phillips who fired home off the underside of the bar.
The visitors might have gone in three up but Billericay escaped when Ross Lover volleyed against the bar four minutes before the break.
Billericay pulled a goal back in the 59th minute when a deep cross was headed home by Dave Collis and the equaliser arrived in the 75th minute when a long throw broke to Glenn Poole and he shot past MaGeeghan.
Billericay then had an effort bounce of the bar and down on to the line before they grabbed a winning goal when substitute Cambell turned a low cross nine minutes from time, though Thamesmead were angry over the ref who deflected a Mead pass and gave Billericay possession that led to the goal.