Thursday, 1 April 2010

Carshalton Athletic v Billericay Town, 3rd April, PREVIEW

Carshalton Athletic will hope to immediately bounce back from a disappointing loss to Margate this past Tuesday, when they host struggling Billericay Town on Saturday.
The Robins are now two points adrift from safety, but should feel confident against the Essex based outfit who parted ways with manager Brian Statham earlier this week.

When these sides last met back in November, Carshalton came out runaway winners in a resounding 4-0 victory.

Billericay Town – The Form Book
With Billericay Town just three points above the relegation zone with seven games of the campaign remaining, the club parted ways with manager Brian Statham this past Tuesday.

But in fairness to Statham, his side had been showing promising signs of recovery as the season reaches its climax.

Having spent the majority of the season in the lower regions of the Ryman Premier, Billericay enjoyed a successful March with a hat-trick of impressive wins over leaders Dartford, and mid-table Hendon and Horsham.

It is the draws however which have proven to be the sticking point with Billericay fans, with the sides lack of firepower really coming to the fore in the recent stalemates against Wealdstone, Canvey Island and Cray Wanderers.

The outgoing Brian Statham on Billericay Town
"I felt we were at last slowly turning everything round and whilst the results over the season have not been up to expectations I genuinely believe we were at last on the right road," he told

"I knew it would be a long rebuilding job with the first team squad and for me it was a long term commitment and I felt we were getting there. I think defensively we have done that and had the Hadrian's Wall in place and the goals conceded, reflects that. The biggest problem has been in attack and finding a pair of goalscorers who will regularly find the net and get you 35 goals a season between them.” he added.

Ian Hazel – Margate, post match
Carshalton caretaker boss Ian Hazel has urged the Robins to move on and look ahead, after his sides 2-1 defeat to Margate on Tuesday evening.

“We do not have time to sulk or be too hard on ourselves. We have to brush ourselves down and get on with it,” Hazel told the Surrey Comet.

“Yes it was a blow but we have some big games coming up and we still have a good chance of staying up. We have to get back into training on Thursday night, stay positive and focus on what is ahead of us,” he added.

Billericay Town - Players to Watch
Billy Bricknell has netted on twelve occasions this campaign and has attracted interest from a number of League Two clubs as a result.

Ashlee Jones is a recent addition to the Billericay squad, and possesses league experience between the sticks for Darlington.
Harrison Chatting is a promising left sided midfielder who is a youth product of Billericay. He is particularly dangerous from set-pieces.
Ex-Robin Jamie England is another new addition to the Billericay set-up, making his debut in the 1-1 draw against Cray Wanderers.

The Stats
Carshalton Athletic
Carshalton are two points adrift of safety, but hold a game in hand over Margate who sit just above the drop zone.

Are ranked in 14th in the Ryman Premier in terms of their performances at home.

Average 334 fans per game when hosting - a figure which ranks them 9th in the league.

Billericay Town
Do not enjoy a great deal of success when travelling, with five wins away from home this campaign.

Their impact up-front is amongst the weakest in the league, having scored only 36 goals all season.

On the defensive side of things though, things couldn’t be more different, as they currently possess the best defence in the entire division based on goals conceded.