Essex Senior Cup
Billericay 2 v 0 Aveley
BILLERICAY Town lifted the Essex Senior Cup after an entertaining, if slightly one-sided clash at Thurrock FC’s Ship Lane ground on Monday evening reports the Thurrock Enquirer.
Aveley, with a number of recent signings ineligible, had to field a squad which included two players, Luke Stanley and Kurt Smith, who moved to Waltham Forest and Romford respectively several weeks ago but were able to take part because Millers still hold their Capital League registrations.
The last thing the patched-up side needed was a bad start but they fell behind with exactly a minute on the clock, including around 45 seconds spent preparing for the free-kick some 25 yards out which Adam Flanagan fired into the corner of the net.
Stanley and Orlando Smith came close to levelling the scores, the latter forcing a fine save from keeper Nicky Morgan who tipped a looping, deflected shot over bar, but once Harrison Chatting made it 2-0 with another long-range strike in the 35th minute the result was rarely in doubt, with Billericay cheered on by the vast majority of fans in a crowd of 472.
Smith, who had come on as a substitute, had a late chance to give Millers new hope but Morgan turned his shot round a post and Billericay, who beat Millers 1-0 in the Ryman Premier League on Saturday, were soon celebrating their second success in the competition.
They won it in 1976, since when they had appeared in three finals, in successive years from 1994-6, and lost them all. It was Aveley’s fourth final and they have lost them all. Their previous appearances came in 1965, 2003 and 2004.