Billiericay 1 v 0 Aveley
BILLERICAY enhanced their Ryman Premier play-off hopes at the expense of the Millers, who are now four points from safety at the other end of the table, with matches rapidly running out.
This wasn’t the most enjoyable of matches for spectators, with both sides finding the pitch difficult to master and the game was littered with unforced errors.
As the league table might suggest, Billericay always looked the better of the two sides but they struggled to create clear cut chances in the first half, the nearest anyone coming to a goal being a long throw from Junior Luke that drifted across the front of goal with no-one on hand to get a vital touch.
However, the visitors did take the lead two minutes into the second half when Aveley keeper Dave Hogan and defender Tony Russell hesitated and Tony Boot nipped in between them to deftly glance a header into the back of the net.
In the closing stages some desperate Aveley attacks caused a bit of concern for the Billericay defence but in the end they held out to claim all the derby match spoils. They sit seventh in the table, two points off a play-off place.