Billericay Town 9-1 Whitehawk
Emirates FA Cup: Third Qualifying Round
Whitehawk are out of the Emirates FA Cup after a 9-1 defeat against a rampant, table-topping Billericay Town side.
The Hawks started the game in the worst possible manner with Blues defender Joe Kizzi bundling a ball across the line after a header from a corner by Ade Shokunbi rebounded off the bar after just 2 minutes. It was going to be hard to get anything from a team such as Billericay and that task was made even more difficult after 8 minutes as former Hawk Jake Robinson was played in by Alfie Potter, to chip over a helpless Melvin Minter to make it 2-0. Heavy rain made conditions at the AGP Arena incredibly tricky and it assisted the hosts as Potter was played in down the right, with the ball holding up on the sodden pitch. Potter crossed to Reading loanee Shokunbi, who headed in from point blank range to score on his debut to make it 3-0 after just 15 minutes.
The Hawks looked like they might have a route back into the game after a ball into the box by Emberson was hastily cleared behind by former Hawk Scott Doe from under his own crossbar. The resultant corner by Henry Muggeridge was headed behind by Reece Hallard. After 25 minutes, it could have been 4-0 as Robinson found himself unmarked at the near post, but headed a cross by Potter over the bar. 5 minutes later, it was 4-0 and it could have been a move made in Whitehawk as Robinson played in another former Hawk, Sam Deering, to run through and easily slot home to run the score up.
The onslaught continued as it was 5-0 after 35 minutes with a 5th different scorer as Moses Emmanuel coolly finished past Minter. The defence then parted for Moses again on the stroke of halftime as he was played in by Jake Howells on the left and once again he finished well to give Ricay a deserved 6-0 half-time lead.
8 minutes into the second half, Emmanuel grabbed his hat-trick after being played in well by the impressive Potter to make it 7-0. Robinson grabbed his second of the game for Billericay after 62 minutes, being played in yet again by Potter. It can be easy to give up when you’re 8-0 down, but Melvin Minter made a good save to deny second half sub Connor Hunte his first of the game. A couple of minutes later, Minter made another finger-tip save at point blank range to deny Robinson his hat-trick. After 75 minutes, a rare Hawks attack against a stern Blues defence saw Jason Williams break through on the right but hit the side netting. Minter could have do nothing a few minutes later when a shot by Potter took a wicked deflection off Harry Shooman to make it 9-0. A couple of minutes later the Hawks had the ball in the Billericay net, except it was ruled out as Brannon O’Neill was marginally offside following a decent attempt by Muggeridge being palmed away by keeper Alan Julian.
The Hawks weren’t deterred and the Hawks fans, constantly singing throughout the game despite the awful scoreline, were able to be sent home with something to cheer after a well timed break saw Lewis Broughton find an incoming Jason Williams who smashed home. The comeback was on, you could have said, though immediately after the restart referee Robert Massey-Ellis blew the final whistle to end the Hawks’ hopes of a run further in the Emirates FA Cup.
Blues: Julian, Kizzi, Howells, Doe, Hayles (Inman 45′), Deering (c), Potter, O’Hara, Robinson, Emmanuel (Hunte 63′), Shokunbi (Waldren 69′)
Subs not used: Wells, Cunnington, Kennedy, Modeste
Hawks: Minter, Walsh, Shooman, Emberson, Goode, Drage, Kw Marsh-Brown (Broughton 85′), Muggeridge (c), Williams, Hallard (O’Neill 45′), Ky Marsh-Brown (Sisimayi 51′)
Subs not used: Hawkins, Mutongerwa, Sanders, Rodrigues
Goals: Kizzi 2′, Robinson 8′, 63′, Shokunbi 15′, Deering 30′, Emmanuel 35′, 45′, 53′, Shooman OG 73′ (Billericay); Williams 90′ (Whitehawk)
Match report by Tom Harris