Ruthless ‘Ricay put four past Worthing
Title favourites Billericay Town eventually proved too strong for Adam Hinshelwood’s men, striking four times in the second half to secure what was in the end a comfortable victory.
Goalless at the break, two goals each for Adam Cunnington and Sam Deering earned the home side the three points that helped them leap frog Dulwich Hamlet to the top of the Bostik League Premier Division table.
They didn’t have it all their own way though on the night though, despite being in the ascendancy for the majority of the first half they failed to break down a resolute defence and the visitors had their moments on the break with both Reece Meekums and Zack Newton dragging half chances wide of the post.
Hinshelwood would have been delighted to get his troops in at half time level but would have been less pleased four minutes into the second period with the defending that led to the opening goal.
A rather hopeful delivery from a set piece by Jamie O’Hara sailed into the Worthing box and found a more-or-less unmarked Cunnington eight yards out who with a deft touch directed the ball past Lucas Covolan in goal.
Seven minutes later it was two, this time there was little the visitors could do to strop a truly sublime goal by Deering.
Receiving the ball in a wide area he shifted the ball onto his right foot and from a tight angle curled a superb, dipping effort past Covolan who could only watch on.
The visitors their best spell with about twenty minutes remaining but were unable to find a route back into the game and were picked off twice more late on.
Nick Wheeler did well to release fellow substitute Joe Kizzi down the right-hand-side – Kizzi took aim from the edge of the area and Covolan could only parry his low drive into the path of Cunnington who had a simple tap-in to make the points well and truly safe.
The gloss was put on the win for the home side three minutes from the end when the influential Deering got his second of the night.
Again a break down the ‘Ricay right exposed Worthing, this time Danny Waldren freed Derring to run at Sam Rents into the box but Rents was helpless to stop him shimmying onto his right foot and cooly slotting into the corner.
A tad harsh on the visitors who had given a good account of themselves against an experienced side but no doubt Hinshelwood will see other games as a better opportunity to pick up the points necessary to stay up.
It doesn’t get much easier though next for Hinshelwood’s men as they face a 160 mile journey to ninth-placed Leiston on Saturday.
Billericay Town: Julian, Inman, Urquhart (Kizzi, 58′), Paine, Swaine, Deering, Evans, O’Hara (Waldren, 68′), Modeste (Wheeler, 64′), Robinson, Cunnington.
Subs not used: Watt, Cheema.
Goals: Cunnington (49′, 83′), Deering (56′, 87′).
Worthing: Covolan, Colbran, Rents, Budd, Clarke (Hallard, 87′), Young, Parsons (Rance, 44′), Newton, Meekums (Pope, 46′), Starkey, Thorbourne.
Subs not used: Sismayi, Sparks.