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Billericay Town
Brightlingsea Regent
A Cunnington (12'), J Robinson (62', 84'), J Pennant (90')
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Tue 12 Sep 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 898

Regent beaten by league leaders

Brightlingsea Regent go down 4-0 to high flying Billericay Town

Brightlingsea Regent boarded the coach down to Essex rivals Billericay Town, a club that is not far from the headlines in the last year as they have a rather wealthy owner in Glenn Tamplin. A man who is not afraid of investing money.

With that aside, the R's started the game bright and gave a good account of themselves. After surviving a couple of early scares, first when Robert Evans hit a powerful strike which was tipped over by Sam Cowler and Jack Robinson had an effort that clattered the bar. The first real chance for the R's when Robbie Rees sent in a great cross from the left, which met the head of Billy Hunt but his effort wend agonisingly wide.

However the hosts did break the deadlock after 25 minutes. The ball was played out wide right, Danny Waldren then crossed, which got through to Adam Cunningham who was able to chest down with his back to goal and executed a neat overhead kick that went under Sam Cowler in goal. 1-0 HT

Regent were forced into a change just before the break when Connor Witherspoon was taken off injured, being replaced by the returning Tom Richardson.

Regent started the second half with attacking intend, as they pushed for an equaliser. Robbie Rees got free on the edge of the box to execute a shot which was pushed out well by goalkeeper Alan Julian.

Moments later, Regent carved another chance. When the ball got switched from left to right, then a neat run and through pass by Ricky Griggs got Freddie Gard in behind on the right which found Phil Kelly who's effort went just over.

After 62 minutes the hosts doubled their lead, against the run of play, a long range cross from Jermaine Pennant was chested down outside the box by Ricky Modeste allowing Jake Robinson to hit a first time volley into the top corner. A fantastic strike giving Sam Cowler no chance. 2-0

Regent kept up the work rate and continued to look to find a way back into the game, Jake Robinson added a third from an excellent counter attacking move. Billy Bricknell received the ball on the half way line, who turned and excellently layed into the path of Robinson to run on and slot past Sam Cowler. 3-0

Ricey completed the scoring in injury time, a fail on Danny Waldren by James Love on the edge of the penalty area allowed Jermaine Pennant the hit a wonderful Freekick into the top corner! FT 4-0

A score line that flattered the host a bit and was very tough to take for the travelling Regent fans. Credit to Billericay who a certainly the team to beat this season.

A comment from Darren Hatch after the game summed up the night well, "The Change up front at half time with Bricknell coming on, gave them a lot more mobility as 1st half they were very one dimensional. Shame we didn't score when we were on top early 2nd half as second goal against the run of play, knocked us. Overall though nights like tonight are a long way from Gas Rec on a Saturday afternoon. Well done players and management"

Regent travel to Merstham on Saturday where they will be looking to bounce back immediately.

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Player of the Match

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Key moments

Goal Adam Cunnington scores for Billericay Town
Goal Jake Robinson scores for Billericay Town
Goal Jake Robinson scores for Billericay Town
Goal Jermaine Pennant scores for Billericay Town


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90:00 Yellow Card
James Love is yellow carded for Brightlingsea Regent
90:00 Player of the Match
Robbie Rees is awarded player of the match for Brightlingsea Regent
90:00 Goal 4 - 0
Jermaine Pennant scores for Billericay Town
84:00 Goal 3 - 0
Jake Robinson scores for Billericay Town
62:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jake Robinson scores for Billericay Town
60:00 Sub Off
Louis Theophanous is substituted off for Billericay Town
60:00 Sub On
Jermaine Pennant is substituted on for Billericay Town
45:00 Sub On
Billy Bricknell is substituted on for Billericay Town
45:00 Sub Off
Adam Cunnington is substituted off for Billericay Town
45:00 Sub Off
Robbie Evans is substituted off for Billericay Town
45:00 Sub On
Joseph Ellul is substituted on for Billericay Town
End of period 1
44:00 Sub Off
Connor Witherspoon is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
44:00 Sub On
Tom Richardson is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
17:00 Yellow Card
Phil Kelly is yellow carded for Brightlingsea Regent
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Adam Cunnington scores for Billericay Town
10:00 Yellow Card
Freddie Gard is yellow carded for Brightlingsea Regent
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Billericay Town
  • Brightlingsea Regent
  • 0
  • Freddie Gard Yellow Card 10:00'
  • Adam Cunnington Goal 12:00'
  • Phil Kelly Yellow Card 17:00'
  • Connor Witherspoon Sub Off 44:00'
  • Tom Richardson Sub On 44:00'
  • Billy Bricknell Sub On 45:00'
  • Adam Cunnington Sub Off 45:00'
  • Robbie Evans Sub Off 45:00'
  • Joseph Ellul Sub On 45:00'
  • Louis Theophanous Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jermaine Pennant Sub On 60:00'
  • Jake Robinson Goal 62:00'
  • Jake Robinson Goal 84:00'
  • James Love Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Jermaine Pennant Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Cowler, Sam Cowler, Sam
Griggs, Ricky Griggs, Ricky
Gould, Josh Gould, Josh
Kelly, Phil Kelly, Phil
Cripps, Matt Cripps, Matt
Gould, Jake Gould, Jake
Rees, Robbie Rees, Robbie
Love, James Love, James
Gard, Freddie Gard, Freddie
Hunt, Billy Hunt, Billy
Witherspoon, Connor Witherspoon, Connor
Brightlingsea Regent
Billericay Town
  • 1. Alan Julian
  • 2. Josh Uruqhart
  • 3. Paul Konchesky
  • 4. Kevin Foley
  • 5. Rob Swaine
  • 6. Ricky Modeste
  • 7. Robbie Evans
  • 8. Danny Waldren
  • 9. Louis Theophanous
  • 10. Adam Cunnington
  • 11. Jake Robinson
  • 12. Billy Bricknell
  • 13. Sam Deering
  • 14. Jermaine Pennant
  • 15. Joseph Ellul
  • 16. Elliot Kebbie

League round up

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Wingate & Finchley


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47
22. Lowestoft Town 46 43
23. Burgess Hill Town 46 36
24. Tooting & Mitcham United 46 36

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