BILLERICAY Town full-back Callum Kennedy is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after tearing his quad muscle.

Kennedy’s injury resulted in Town signing former Maidstone United defender George McLennan, who made his debut in the 1-1 draw with Bath City.

McLennan’s Billericay bow only lasted 45 minutes as he was substituted at half-time having given away a spot-kick, but boss Harry Wheeler feels the left-back is capable of providing cover in Kennedy’s absence.

“We have no idea how long Callum will be out for at the moment,” said Wheeler.

“It could be six weeks potentially because he has torn his quad muscle, which he did in training.

“It’s a loss for us but we have to get on with it.

“I don’t feel as though we’re well covered at left-back, hence why we brought George in.

“It’s probably the position where we are least covered.

“George is very good and will do really well.

“He hadn’t played since February and that is 100 per cent why he wasn’t at his best and he made the challenge for the penalty.”

Billericay took the lead against Bath as Sam Deering fired home from long range.

The breakthrough came after the hosts had already seen a goal ruled out, with Moses Emmanuel being ruled offside when tapping Jordan Parkes’ free-kick home.

But Bath were offered a route back into the contest as McLennan brought down Owura Edwards with a poorly timed sliding challenge and referee Ben Atkinson did not hesitate in pointing to the spot.

Ryan Brunt drilled the penalty into the roof of the net to ensure it would finish honours even at the Steel Team Stadium.

And Wheeler felt Billericay were guilty of dropping two points as they saw their 100 per cent winning record on home soil this term come to an end.

Wheeler added: “I think we see it as two points dropped rather than a point gained.

“That’s not because of who we played because they are a good team and we knew it would be a tough game.

“But their only chance was a penalty and that resulted in us drawing the game.

“At the same time, we have to look at ourselves because we didn’t have enough shots on target and I don’t think we tested the goalkeeper at all in the second half.

“It ended up being a nothing game between two good sides who looked very average.

“We have got four wins and one draw at home, so it’s not bad.”