Billericay Town 2-2 Wingate & Finchley

(Paine 64, Deering 90: Beckles-Richards 47, Cronin 56)

From the AGP Arena

Isthmian Premier League

SAM Deering scored a last-gasp equaliser against Wingate & Finchley to ensure Billericay Town remained on course to win the Isthmian Premier League title.

Deering scored deep into injury-time to level matters against 10-man Wingate, who had led 2-0.

Town were looking to pick up from where they left off against Met Police in the week and they thought they had made an early breakthrough in this encounter.

Dean Inman had the ball in the net after five minutes only for the referee to rule it out for a foul in the build-up.

A smart stop from Dean Gore then kept Wingate level pegging, as Billy Bricknell bid to continue his excellent goal scoring form.

Bricknell and captain Danny Waldren then threatened as Town continued to dictate the tempo.

A speculative attempt from Joe Kizzi hit the crossbar on the way over the top but it was all square after 45 minutes.

But two minutes into the second half, a hammer blow. Reece Beckles-Richards slammed home a fine goal to make it 1-0 after just more than 60 seconds.

A rotten start to the half was compounded when Wingate made it 2-0 10 minutes later. Sean Cronin hammered his kick home to put Wingate firmly in the driving seat.

But on the hour mark Billericay got back into it. Matt Paine scored from outside the penalty area to reduce arrears before a further boost for the hosts.

Jack Humphrey was handed a second yellow card meaning Wingate would play the final 25 minutes a man light.

Inman hit the bar as the game edged towards its final 15 minutes, but there was to be more excitement.

Deering kept his composure to slide the ball into the corner to keep Billericay top of the division by a point with five matches remaining.

Billericay Town: Julian, Kizzi, Urquhart, Paine (Wheeler 85), Inman, Deering, Modeste, Waldren, Bricknell (Hughes 85), Robinson, Cunnington