JOSH McLeod-Urquhart says he has got his confidence back after a stop-start beginning to life at Billericay Town.

The 25-year-old started just one of Town’s first four games this season, after joining from Wealdstone, before enjoying a run in the side.

But, following a spell of inconsistency, McLeod-Urquhart is now enjoying his longest run in the team.

And he is bidding to continue that when Billericay host Leiston in the Isthmian Premier League tomorrow.

“I joined in pre-season and the manager (Glenn Tamplin) said there is a lot of competition for places and he was right,” said the defender. “The club has attracted some huge names so I knew it was going to be hard but I got my head down and tried to produce.

“It was hard at first, I suffered a dip and my mood was down. I expect a lot from myself and it happens otherwise we would play higher. You need to manage yourself.

“But in the last couple of weeks I have been more settled. On a personal level I have my confidence back.

“I am more consistent and playing games and the team is keeping clean sheets. We have kept three in the last four games (not including last night’s match against Basildon United) and that is great.

“Clean sheets win you leagues, while goals win us matches.”

Billericay welcome Leiston to the AGP Arena tomorrow bidding to close the gap on leaders Dulwich Hamlet.

And having taken 40 points from the last 42 on offer, McLeod-Urquhart says Billericay will fancy their chances against the eighth-placed side.

“Leiston were up there last year and we fancied them, along with Dulwich, to challenge this year,” he said. “Dulwich are taking advantage of the games we have been missing so we need to keep the momentum going.

“Coming to our ground is a cup final for other teams so we need to start strongly tomorrow.

“We have a never say die attitude and are all working hard to make great things happen at the club.”


THE PREVIEW: Leiston are the next side to try and halt Billericay Town’s charge in the Isthmian Premier League.

Town are firing on all cylinders following their FA Cup exit, with Harrow Borough the latest team to be beaten by Glenn Tamplin’s side.

And Leiston will have to battle against the odds to pick anything up in Essex tomorrow, especially if recent history is anything to go by.

Town have won the last four against Leiston at home, with 14 goals in those games and the home side enjoying the majority of the success.

And with Leiston triumphing just once in their last seven league outings, it could be another successful day for the home side tomorrow.

MEN TO WATCH: Nicky Wheeler continues to impress in wide positions, with seven-goal Matt Blake the main goal threat for Leiston.

WHAT THE BOSS SAID: “Tomorrow is massive but it is like any other game to us,” said assistant manager Harry Wheeler. “Harrow was as big to us - just because they are nearer the bottom makes no difference.

“If we want to run away with the league we need to keep this run going. We are going well and the league table shows that.

“We have taken 40 points from 42 and another three against Leiston would be massive. I know their manager Glenn Driver well but we fancy our chances.

“We have done well at home and want to beat them.”

WHEN & WHERE: 3pm, tomorrow at The AGP Arena, Blunts Wall Road, Billericay, CM12 9SA.

TEAM NEWS: Rob Swaine is available for selection after he completed a ban.