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1st Team - Match centre

Leiston
Billericay Town
J Jefford (44'), D Mills (64'), C Henderson (76')
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Sat 17 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 502

Blues 3 Billericay Town 1

Blues bounce back to stun the leaders

The Blues ended a three game losing streak with a fantastic fightback to stun leaders Billericay Town in a MATCH SPONSORED BY MARQUIS MOTORHOMES. After falling behind early the hosts roared back with goals from Joe Jefford, Darren Mills and Chris Henderson in front of 502, their second highest gate of the season. Leiston welcomed back Darren Mills straight into the starting line-up for his second ‘debut’ after signing in midweek from Bury Town but Byron Lawrence was not available due to Billericay being his parent club.

On a beautiful sunny afternoon it was the table topping visitors who had the first chance of the game but Cunnington’s lobbed effort cleared Marcus Garnham’s goal. The former Cambridge United and Bromley striker enjoyed himself last season, helping himself to a hat-trick in the FA Trophy for Bromley against the Blues and he didn’t have to wait long to get on the score sheet again. Just eight minutes had passed when a stray pass from an attacking position was helped on its way and Cunnington swept beyond the advancing Marcus Garnham from the edge of the box. The Blues keeper did well to thwart an effort from Rooney as Billericay continued to start strongly. The Blues response was laboured with a Chris Henderson header wide and a good strike from Seb Dunbar drifting narrowly wide. But as they game grew Leiston combatted the visitors start and grew stronger, so much so that they went into the break level thanks to Joe Jefford’s header two minutes into first half stoppage time. A trio of corners were fantastically delivered and defended and from a fourth, Joe Jefford ghosted in at the far post to squeeze a header in between Cunnington and Deering on the goal-line. It was the Blues centre halves eighth goal of the season and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The hosts resumed attacking the Fairground End and were soon into their stride, forcing Billericay into errors and confidently moving the ball around the fine surface. So it was no surprise that the third goal of the game went to the Blues. Pressure in central midfield saw Chris Henderson regain possession and find Patrick Brothers with a pass that split the visitors defence. The left wing centre picked out Joe Marsden at the far post area who took his time before sliding in a pass to Darren Mills to sweep home from inside the six yard box. But the Blues weren’t finished there. Matt Blake saw an effort well saved from Julian before they extended their lead fourteen minutes from time. Chris Henderson and Darren Mills continued to hound the visitor’s rear guard and a hurried back pass bounced awkwardly with Julian’s attempted clearance falling short and as Darren Mills forced Inman into an error, Chris Henderson picked up the stray ball to fire across a rooted Julian. In the closing stages Leiston looked threatening on the break while the defence stood firm against concerted Billericay pressure to see out the victory an end the visitors 25 game unbeaten record.

FT – Blues 3 Billericay Town 1

Blues - Garnham, Hammond, Dunbar, Ainsley, Jefford, Bullard, Marsden (Docherty 88 mins), Henderson, Blake (Trotter 89mins), Mills, Brothers. Subs not used - Finch, Knights and Rutterford.

Billericay Town - Julian, Kizzi, Urquhart, Inman, Swaine (Watt 45 mins), Deering, Rooney (Evans 45 mins), Waldren (Bricknell63 mins), Butcher, Robinson, Cunnington. Subs not used – Paine and O’Hara.

Match Sponsors MARQUIS MOTORHOMES Man of the Match - Darren Mills.

Attendance – 502

Darren Mills

Player of the Match

Darren Mills

Key moments

44:00
Goal Joe Jefford scores for Leiston
64:00
Goal Darren Mills scores for Leiston
76:00
Goal Chris Henderson scores for Leiston

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Darren Mills is awarded player of the match for Leiston
89:00 Sub On
Dominic Docherty is substituted on for Leiston
88:00 Sub On
Kelsey Trotter is substituted on for Leiston
88:00 Sub Off
Matt Blake is substituted off for Leiston
88:00 Sub Off
Joe Marsden is substituted off for Leiston
76:00 Goal 3 - 0
Chris Henderson scores for Leiston
76:00 Assist
Darren Mills makes an assist for Leiston
64:00 Assist
Joe Marsden makes an assist for Leiston
64:00 Goal 2 - 0
Darren Mills scores for Leiston
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 1 - 0
Joe Jefford scores for Leiston
43:00 Yellow Card
Tom Bullard is yellow carded for Leiston
28:00 Yellow Card
Darren Mills is yellow carded for Leiston
23:00 Yellow Card
Kyle Hammond is yellow carded for Leiston
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As it happened

  • Leiston
  • Billericay Town
  • 0
  • Kyle Hammond Yellow Card 23:00'
  • Darren Mills Yellow Card 28:00'
  • Tom Bullard Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Joe Jefford Goal 44:00'
  • Joe Marsden Assist 64:00'
  • Darren Mills Goal 64:00'
  • Chris Henderson Goal 76:00'
  • Darren Mills Assist 76:00'
  • Kelsey Trotter Sub On 88:00'
  • Matt Blake Sub Off 88:00'
  • Joe Marsden Sub Off 88:00'
  • Dominic Docherty Sub On 89:00'

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Other Premier Division results

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1
3
Folkestone Invicta
5
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Wingate & Finchley
0
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Tooting & Mitcham United
Margate
2
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Burgess Hill Town
Merstham
0
1
Staines Town
1
1
0
1
Hendon
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2
2

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Billericay Town 46 99
2. Dulwich Hamlet 46 95
3. Hendon 46 85
4. Folkestone Invicta 46 85
5. Leiston 46 79
6. Leatherhead 46 79
7. Margate 46 77

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