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Two goals from Joe Poyton helped Billericay Town to overcome a determined Grays Athletic side, who had equalised twice in an entertaining Essex Cordell Under 13s Cup Final.
Charlie Risk gave Town their first lead, only for Jack Tobin to level for Athletic. In similar fashion, Poyton put Billericay ahead and Logan Hamlet replied for Grays, leaving Poyton to have the final say, completing his brace two minutes into stoppage time.
On a sunny day at Aveley, Billericay started the game on the attack, with Grays goalkeeper George Vickerstaff forced to make a save after a dipping effort from Billericay’s Harry Frohock. Shortly afterwards, it was Grays who went on the attack, with Bobby Lumley’s 25-yard free kick hitting the crossbar.
Four minutes before half time, Grays came close to opening the scoring when Logan Hamlet sent a shot just inches over the bar. However, moments after half time, it was Ross Poyton’s Billericay who managed to take the lead. Austin Medlock’s free kick was flicked in by Risk.
Grays then went back on the attack and came close to equalising. Lumley took another free kick which, this time, was saved by Billericay goalkeeper, Joe Davis. Grays’ relentless pressure eventually paid off as a ball from the right-hand side was finished by Tobin from close range.
Just three minutes after that, Billericay were back ahead through Poyton, whose low, angled finish found the far corner. Sensationally, Grays managed to get a second leveller in the 65th minute when Hamlet burst into the box and fired the ball in.
In the second minute of additional time, Billericay grabbed the winner. A long free kick was floated forward which saw Poyton bundle Town back ahead from close range. Billericay were also awarded a penalty in the fifth minute of added time, but Poyton’s spot kick for a hat-trick was saved by Vickerstaff. Ultimately, though, Town won the highly-contested match.
Billericay Town (Blues): Sam Black, Austin Medlock, Mateo Williams, Reuben Olatunji, Harry Hayzelden, Joe Davis, Freddie Gotobe, Joe Poyton, Max Brown, Ciaran Fennessey, Charlie Risk, Harrison Wickens, George Francis, Marley Frohock.
Grays Athletic (Whites): George Vickerstaff, Bobby Lumley, Billy Freeman, Harrison Williams, Sonny Marshall, Gabe Garwood-Bond, Teddy Wakeling, Archie Armstong, Jack Peebles, Charlie Barber, Logan Hamlet, Jack Tobin, Kaysen Grigg, Freddie Denham, Tyrese Mashozhera, Reggie Franz.
Referee: Tommy Atkins.
Assistant Referees: Jack Scherer and Amber Le-Beau.
Fourth Official: Andrew Hubble.