These two old rivals served up a five goal thriller at blustery Wheatsheaf Park, where the home side emerged narrow victors. Staines grabbed the early initiative, and Tyrell Miller-Rodney was unlucky to see a shot bounce out off the inside of the post within two minutes. However, Billericay countered strongly, and took the lead on 11 minutes when Junior Luke powered in a header from Quentin Monville’s whipped right-wing cross. They nearly followed this with a second after a corner, but Joshua Oyinsan’s header crashed against the bar. Having withstood a spell of Billericay pressure, Staines revived late in the half, the industrious Max Worsfold always looking dangerous, and they gained an interval lead thanks to goals on 36 and 39 minutes. Kane Haysman bagged the first from 6 yards, after successive shots by Wadah Ahmidi and Jefferson Louis had been desperately blocked, and then Tyrell Miller-Rodney diverted a Tommy Brewer drive beyond Jack Giddens to complete a move begun by Louis.
On 58 minutes, it was Billericay’s turn to profit from a hail of shots, Conor Hubble netting after Ricky Sappleton and Oyinsan had been denied in quick succession. But Staines regained the lead only 2 minutes later when Jefferson Louis smashed home a penalty after Rokas Janilionis had fouled Haysman. With just 2 minutes left, referee Marcus Carmichael pointed to the spot at the other end, after Lewis Byrne-Hewitt was fouled by the Staines ‘keeper, but Jack Turner made amends by superbly saving Sappleton’s spot-kick.