Billericay deservedly came out on top of this opening day encounter,
but there were some positives for Slough in it.
Billericay dominated the play for much of the match, Slough didn't
have much luck, and if we'd had our fair share, me might perhaps
have sneaked a point.
Billericay opened the more lively, but were lucky to take the
lead after 7 minutes when Parkin took a cross but appeared to clash
with a forward and consequently lost the ball for a tap in goal.
Only 2 minutes before an incident with much less contact had
resulted in a free kick at the other end .
Slough withstood a period of pressure, relying only on long balls
to counter. After 18 minutes with what seemed like their first wide
attack of the match, the otherwise quiet Woodruffe put in a good
cross which Hodges met to clip into the net. Slough were now holding
their own, and could have taken the lead after 25 minutes but Alexis
and Hodge got in each others way when in possession and space on the
6 yard line. Even play followed, but towards the end of the half 'Ricay
regained supremacy with Slough having to defend hard.
The 2nd half opened disastrously for Slough with 2 goals in the
first 7 minutes. The first was from a break down the right where
Slough were outpaced, the second after Slough won a midfield tussle
on their left, but Pagett and Hodges seemed to leave it for each other
allowing an opponent to steal the ball, breakaway and cross for a
Substitutions followed which seemed to give Slough more to offer
both in midfield and down the left, where the inexperienced Tyrone Daly
won some good balls, lacking only the final touch to finish some
The result reflected the possession, but with better
understanding and communication between players, and our fair share
of luck, we needn't fear anyone in this league. Whether we will win
and retain enough good possession to pressure other teams and make
them fear us remains to be seen.