The 2017/18 season has been over for 6 weeks and now its time to look ahead at who The Beachboys are set to face in the new campaign which as always will bring new challenges and more importantly, new teams. This is the second of a 6 part series that we will be releasing over the next month to get you all in the excited spirit for new season under Sammy Moore.

This week for ‘Campaign 2018-19 – The New Opponents’, we look at Billericay Town.

Who Are They?

Billericay are based in Essex and were formed in 1880 and they won promotion last season from the Isthmian Bostik Premier League.

The club spent much of its early days in the depths of Essex’s low non-leagues until 1966 where they were founding members of the Essex Olympian League. 5 years later saw them become founding members of the Essex Senior League following back-to-back title wins. Following a 2 year spell in the Athenian League, the club finally joined the Isthmian League in 1979 where they remained for 33 years before winning promotion to the Conference South in 2012. They remained in the division for just a season where they were relegated after just a season having earned only 40 points.

The Ground

The Ricay play their home games at the The AGP Arena and its also known as New Lodge.

The stadium was changed over during the summer of 2017 and it now has a capacity of 5000 with 2000 seated.

Last Season:

They finished the 2017/18 National League season in 1st place, with 99 points and scored 110 goals which ultimately secured them a return to Step 2 following 5 years back in the non-league’s third highest division. The club’s run in the FA Cup saw them reach the 1st Round Proper Replay before losing 3-1 to fellow Bostik Premier side Leatherhead at The AGP Arena. Their FA Trophy run was halted at the Fourth Round stage where they lost 5-2 at home to National League South side Wealdstone.

The club also secured the Essex Senior Cup following a victory over Chelmsford City at Colchester United’s Jobserve Stadium.

The Manager:

Billericay are now managed by Harry Wheeler following Glenn Tamplin’s decision to take a view from off the pitch for the upcoming campaign. Wheeler was Tamplin’s joint-manager last season and took over for much of the season when Tamplin had other events come through in regards to his business.

The Last Time:

The last time we played our friends from New Lodge was in the BBC Essex Senior Cup Final at Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground where we defeated them 5-0 on April 20th 2015. Two goals from Joe Gardner and solo efforts from Tony Stokes, Danny Glozier and Lewis Taafe resulted in us lifting our 2nd out of 3 consecutive Essex Senior Cup wins.