Needham Market hit for six in a dreadfully one-sided clash at Billericay

Needham Market keeper Danny Gay, who was left exposed by his team-mates in a heavy defeat at Billeri

Needham Market keeper Danny Gay, who was left exposed by his team-mates in a heavy defeat at Billericay. Gay was powerless to prevent the hosts from racing into a 4-0 lead by half-time.

Billericay Town 6 Needham Market 0

Needham Market defending their own penalty area during a heavy defeat at Billericay Town

Needham Market defending their own penalty area during a heavy defeat at Billericay Town - Credit: Archant

Second-placed Needham Market were thrashed by hosts Billericay Town in a dreadfully one-sided affair at New Lodge tonight.

The Marketmen would have gone level on points with Ryman Premier leaders Bognor Regis with a victory, but any hopes of achieving that aim were soon disappearing out-of-the-window as Billericay scored four unanswered goals in the first half.

Abs Seymour, Rob Swaine, Adam Cunnington and Billy Bricknell were all on target for the rampant Blues.

There was no way back for Mark Morsley’s men, who conceded a fifth to Cunnington and a late sixth to substitute Isaac Layne to complete a miserable evening for the Suffolk visitors.

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It was a very sluggish start by Needham, and they could have been more than just 1-0 down inside the first few minutes.

Danger-man Bricknell, who had netted both goals in last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Harrow Borough, crashed in a goal-bound shot which was superbly blocked by keeper Danny Gay with his legs inside the first minute.

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However, there was no let-up for the visitors, who conceded an opener after failing to fully clear a fourth minute corner.

Midfielder Seymour was on hand to direct an angled low drive into the bottom corner of the net, from 10 yards out.

And it was nearly 2-0 on seven minutes, as Lewis Taafe’s lethal shot was deflected over his own bar by the outstretched leg of Oliver Fenn.

The Marketmen finally threatened on the quarter-hour mark. Reece Dobson burst clear but was closed down before he could shoot, and the onrushing Billy Holland could not divert home the ensuing low cross from eight yards out.

However, they were still playing second fiddle to their dominant hosts, with the exception of a 32nd minute free-kick by Billy Clark, which was headed over the bar by defender Ian Miler.

Four minutes later and Billericay deservedly doubled their lead. The visitors failed to deal with a set piece, and centre-half Swaine crashed home an unstoppable shot through a congested six-yard box and into the bottom corner of the net.

Needham leaked a third soon afterwards, with Cunnington nodding home his first goal for the Essex club from point blank range, via Taffe’s 39th minute cross.

And it was 4-0 on the stroke of half-time, Bricknell blasting home a real beauty.

The hosts could have scored more goals early in the second period. Gay did well to palm away Kresh Krasniqi’s angled shot, with Bricknell missing an open goal from the rebound in the 50th minute.

But Billericay duly added their fifth in the 72nd minute, with Cunnington rising unmarked to head home his second of the evening, from a free-kick.

And Layne drilled home a clinical sixth on 86 minutes to put the finishing touches to a big home win, and a woeful night for the Marketmen.

NEEDHAM MARKET: Gay, Dye, Wight, Fenn, Miller, Morphew, Ingram, Holland, Dobson, Clarke, Coakley (sub Sands, 60). Unused subs: Izzet, Nunn, Simmons, Munson.

Attendance: 401

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