Lowestoft Town give star-studded visitors a good run for their money
PUBLISHED: 04:03 18 August 2017
Shirley D Whitlow
A Billericay team featuring ex-Premier League stars Paul Konchesky, Kevin Foley and Jermaine Pennant condemned the brave Trawlerboys to a second straight league defeat on Tuesday evening.
Lowestoft went toe to toe with the odds-on title favourites for most of the game but were undone late on as Louis Theophanous backheeled home after a scramble in the box from a corner.
The visitors found themselves on the back foot in the opening stages but were able to soak up the pressure and in the 10th minute mark grabbed an opening goal, Jake Robinson popping up with a precise finish into the bottom corner.
Some sides might have rolled over at that point but Lowestoft hit back quickly when Callum White’s menacing run down the right was rewarded as Jake Reed applied the finish from his cross to make it 1-1.
Billericay still looked the side most likely to add another and brilliant movement from Theophanous set him up for the shot which was dragged wide. Former Chelsea youth player Sam Deering’s strike did hit the target though, only for Ben Dudzinski to deny him.
Although Lowestoft did not have the chances that their opponents could muster they stuck in the game well, defending like lions and competing strongly in the midfield.
Billy Bricknell was introduced by Billericay in the second half and he almost made an instant impact. First the striker fired over from close range and then he headed into Dudzinski’s arms.
The Trawlerboys were doing well to endure this pressure but Billericay really should have been wheeling away in celebration again, Theophanous unable to hit the target after going clean through on goal. He eventually got his goal but would have scored earlier had it not been for a superb block from Travis Cole.
Reed was working tirelessly up front for the hosts and a deft flick over Konchesky’s head was denied any end product as Foley knocked Reed to the floor, much to the frustration of a home crowd of 603. Unfortunately minutes later Theophanous backheeled past Dudzinski and Billericay were back in front.
Lowestoft tried to get back in the game but a looping header from substitute Declan Daniels in injury-time was comfortably caught by Alan Julian.