BILLERICAY Town could not gather all three points for the first time on home soil this season as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bath City.

Harry Wheeler’s outfit went into the National League South encounter having recorded four consecutive victories at the Steel Team Stadium.

But Ryan Brunt’s spot-kick cancelled out Sam Deering’s long range drive to ensure Bath would walk away from Essex with a share of the spoils.

Billericay were the first side to try their luck as Matt Rhead headed a long pass from Gavin Gunning wide of the target.

Town then thought they had taken the lead with 16 minutes on the clock as Moses Emmanuel poked a Jordan Parkes free-kick home, but the hosts were frustrated by an offside call.

However, Harry Wheeler’s side did not have to wait long to break the deadlock.

Just three minutes later, Deering worked some space before firing into the bottom corner of the net from 25 yards out, giving Bath goalkeeper Ryan Clarke no chance.

The visitors responded with Brunt’s tame effort being kept out by Alan Julian.

Bath then went close from a corner and Billericay were thankful to see Matt Bower’s towering header go just past the post.

However, Bath were offered a route back into the contest eight minutes before the break as Billericay debutant George McLennan brought down Owura Edwards with a poorly timed sliding challenge and referee Ben Atkinson did not hesitate in pointing to the spot.

Brunt stepped up and drilled the penalty into the roof of the net to draw the away side level.

The second half proved to be scrappy, with both sides struggling to fashion clear-cut chances.

The first meaningful attempt of the second half came from Bath's Tom Richards, whose long range strike deflected wide.

From the resulting corner, Edwards fired inches past the post.

Robinson, who has scored three late winners for Billericay at the Steel Team Stadium already this term, went in search of a second half breakthrough.

But the striker’s stoppage time effort from 20 yards out was blocked and rolled safely through to Clarke to ensure it would finish honours even.