Bostik Premier: Jamie O’Hara’s backing Billericay Town to finish season with treble
PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 March 2018
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The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder reflected on the club’s recent poor form and discussed why they must remain confident
Jamie O’Hara is sure Billericay Town can still claim a treble this season as long as they stay brave during the final month of the 2017/18 campaign.
The Blues have suffered a blip in recent weeks, exiting the FA Trophy to Wealdstone and also dropping several points in the league table.
Glenn Tamplin’s team lost at Folkstone Invicta and Worthing at home to Dulwich Hamlet before suffering back-to-back defeats to Tonbridge Angels and Hendon last week.
Billericay have since bounced back strongly though, with wins over Wingate & Finchley (3-1) and Harrow Borough (2-0) and O’Hara is confident they can seal the title.
He said: “The treble is still on. We’ve had a blip and some bad performances, but I said to the boys we need to regroup, take risks and believe in each other.
“We have got a really good set of players and we can all play football, so we need to be confident and play with arrogance and get on the ball and play with risks.
“When things go tough it is easy to put the ball into the channels and play percentage football, but the best teams get on the ball and make things happen. If we do that week in, week out I think we can still win the league.”
O’Hara’s goal at Hendon last weekend was the only positive for Billericay at Silver Jubilee Park as the Greens claimed a comprehensive 4-1 win.
The New Lodge club bounced back well at Wingate on Monday, however, with goals from Danny Waldren, Billy Bricknell and Jake Robinson securing a 3-1 victory in north London.
Another tough game occurred on Wednesday when Billericay hosted lowly Harrow at Aveley’s Parkside, but Robinson opened the scoring with 66 played.
Luke Rooney grabbed a second with 12 minutes to go to help the hosts seal a 2-0 win and move back up to joint-second.
Billericay have 76 points, the same number as third-placed Folkestone, but Tamplin’s side have played four games fewer. Dulwich are top with 78, but they have played three more than the Blues, so heading into the final month of the campaign it is all to play for.
The Easter period will decide a lot with Billericay travelling to Leatherhead on Saturday, then hosting Tonbridge on Monday (April 2) before a Thursday night (April 5) clash at promoted team Brightlingsea Regent.
Brentwood Town are set to make the trip to Bostik North rivals Witham on Saturday, before hosting leaders Hornchurch on Easter Monday
Harry Cuthbert’s last-minute goal all found the target earned Blues a 3-3 draw with Tilbury on Tuesday, after Luke Foster and Tony Stokes also netted.
But that came after a 2-0 defeat at lowly Cheshunt on Saturday, when Jason Hallett struck twice.
Brentwood were due to host Grays Athletic on Thursday night, but the match was postponed after the failed a 2pm inspection.
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