JAMIE O’Hara is seeking a new way to combat Billericay Town’s sodden New Lodge pitch.

After moving into management for the first time when taking over from Harry Wheeler in September, O’Hara made it clear he wanted his Billericay side to play attractive passing football.

But a host of postponements has resulted in Town playing catch-up and being dragged into a relegation dogfight, leading to O’Hara searching for new ways to bag points.

“I’ve told the boys we have to find a way to get results at home because we need the points, we have to play here and grind it out until the end of the season,” said player-manager O’Hara.

“We’ll find a way to get results, but it won’t be pretty at times.

“We played some good football here when I took over, but it’s impossible to carry on doing that now.

“We have to change the way we do things at home and I feel sorry for the boys.

“They’re working hard and are tired because it’s taking it out of them on that pitch.

“We’ll address it and all we can do is keep picking up results.”

Billericay are just one point clear of the drop zone, although they have up to four games in hand over the sides around them in the National League South standings.

Town came from behind to seal a 1-1 draw with Oxford City on Tuesday.

And O’Hara admits the clash went ahead despite problems with the New Lodge surface.

“It’s so difficult on our pitch and it’s a leveller against teams,” added O’Hara.

“You have to play the same way as everyone else that comes here because we try to play our game but it gets to the point where it is almost impossible.

“I don’t know what we can do to try and improve it, but it’s making it very difficult for the boys at home.

“We’re almost begging referees to play games because of the games we’ve still got to play.

“Really and truthfully, the pitch is not playable.

“The ball is not bouncing and the boys are trying to hit passes but slipping. They can’t get tight to people because they’re worried about their footing. It’s a problem.”

Although Kevin Berkoe gave Oxford the lead four minutes after the interval, Billericay maintained their unbeaten National League South record at New Lodge thanks to Jake Robinson’s leveller from the penalty spot.

And O’Hara felt it was a missed opportunity for his side.

“It was a disappointing result for us,” admitted the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.

“We got a great draw at Weymouth but then couldn’t follow that up with three points.

“I can’t really fault the boys’ effort and character because it was almost impossible to play on the pitch.

“Oxford are a good side and they were solid.

“But, at the same time, it was two points dropped.”