On what was always bound to be an entertaining afternoon of football, the 90 minutes on show certainly didn’t disappoint!
The game started superbly for the Hillians, when Pat Harding’s cushioned header fell to Joey Taylor, 25 yards out, as his strike nestled into the bottom corner! Billericay were left stunned, 7 minutes later, as Brannon O’Neill bettered Taylor’s effort, as his rifled his 30 yard effort into the top corner – past Alan Julian. The visitors responded a minute later, as Matt Paine’s deflected strike gave Tony Di Bernardo no chance. It was that man, Di Bernardo, who sparked the next Hillians’ attack, as he bravely punched clear a dangerous Deering cross, which set Lee Harding on a driving run down the left, his cleared cross fell to Diallo, who’s delivery found the head of Pat Harding, who never looked like missing! The GES was sent into delirium! The Hillians were dealt a killer blow, right on the stroke of half-time, as Louis Theophanos poked home from a yard out, following a goalmouth scramble.
The second half saw the introduction of Adam Cunnington, for the visitors, which encouraged an extremely direct approach. A change in formation for the visitors made Modeste an increased threat, and it was Modeste’s delivery that was headed home by Sam Deering to level the score at 3-3. Di Bernardo continued to produced save after save, whilst demonstrating his bravery when dealing with an onslaught of crosses and corners. The Hillians were dealt a sucker punch on the 68th minute, as the prolific, ex-Albion man, Jake Robinson was given space just outside to six yard box, cushioning his header past Di Bernardo. Wave after wave of Billericay attack followed, but the Hillians held firm. The final chance of the game fell to the Hillians, when Taylor’s deep free kick, caused the visitors some trouble at the back post, but was eventually bundled out for a goal kick.
A seven goal thriller, unfortunately seeing the Hillians marginally edged out by an extremely talented Billericay side.
Next up, sees the Hillians travel down to the Sussex coast, to face Worthing FC, in what is set to be a festive cracker – 1:30pm kick off!