Beavers suffer FA Trophy disappointment
By HRBFC Press Team
Jake Robinson scored a second-half penalty to dump Beavers out of the FA Trophy in a competitive encounter.
Report by Ben Lang
Gary McCann made three changes to the starting line-up as Michael Corcoran, Daniel Uchechi and new signing Luke Ruddick entered the side in place of Tyler Miller-Rodney, Zak Joseph and James Hammond.
Billericay made the brighter start and had their first chance inside five minutes when Moses Emmanuel connected with Joseph Kizzi’s cross, but his effort was deflected on to the post.
Beavers grew into the game after the first 20 minutes and then created a handful of opportunities in quick succession. Their best chance came when Rhys Murrell-Williamson evaded Callum Kennedy before surging into the box and firing wide.
Another encouraging passage of play culminated in the Beavers carving another opening soon later. Jack Connors dinked a dangerous ball towards Chris Dickson who beat the offside trap, but Beavers’ top-scorer could only blaze his effort wide.
The visitors then created the final chance of the half as a dangerous corner was met by the head of Dean Inman who nodded the ball just over the bar.
Beavers went close after the break when the ball dropped to Ricky Wellard some 25 yards from goal. The midfielder sized it up before launching a finessed effort that curled just wide of the post.
Billericay thought they had taken the lead on the hour mark when Jake Robinson directed his bullet-header beyond Tom Lovelock and into the net, but referee Elliott Swallow ruled it out for a push in the build-up.
At the other end, Hampton had another good chance when Dickson steered his header over the bar from close-range. The Beavers then went even closer when Murrell-Williamson found himself one-on-one with the keeper but his low, bending effort rebounded off the post.
The visitors took the lead on the 73rd minute when a penalty was awarded for a foul at the far post. Robinson stepped up and sent Lovelock the wrong way as he slammed the ball home.
Beavers were then reduced to 10 men when Rian Bray was given his marching orders after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Billericay substitute Adam Coombes.
Zak Joseph almost scored a last-ditch equaliser from his speculate 30 yard free-kick, but the substitute was denied by a good save from Alan Julian.
Hampton continued to probe the Billericay defence in search of an equaliser, but the Blues clung on dump Beavers out of the FA trophy.