The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK LEAGUE - By Si­mon Wil­liams

BIL­LER­ICAY still top the Bostik Premier pile af­ter two free-scor­ing sides served up a seven-goal thriller, six in a breath­less first half.

Hen­don needed to win to take over from Bil­ler­icay as league lead­ers, and the vis­i­tors started the game on the front foot.

Kea­gan Cole’s shot was de­flected wide be­fore Ash­ley Nathaniel Ge­orge gave Hen­don a third­minute lead, cut­ting in­side Joe El­lul and un­leash­ing a fierce shot that gave Bil­ler­icay keeper Alan Ju­lian no chance.

Bil­ler­icay hit back quickly and Billy Brick­nell drew a div­ing save from Greens ‘keeper Tom Love­lock who pushed his shot past the post.

Brick­nell was then up­ended inches out­side the area by Cole, but Sam Deering was un­able to beat a six-man wall with his free­kick at­tempt.

The equaliser came on 12 min­utes when a free kick into the box was flicked on by Rob Swaine for Ricky Modeste to head home.

Par­ity was short lived, as Cole again showed his threat, cap­i­tal­is­ing on a slip in the Ricay de­fence to curl an un­stop­pable shot into the top cor­ner.

Bil­ler­icay hit straight back when Swaine nod­ded down an El­lul ball into the box, find­ing Adam Cun­ning­ton in space to lash his shot past Love­lock.

The game was in­cred­i­bly open, and Cole curled an­other shot against the bar be­fore Ju­lian saved from Zak Joseph.

Bil­ler­icay took the lead when Rian Bray was ad­judged to have bun­dled Cun­ning­ton over in the area and Brick­nell made no mis­take from the spot.

Birth­day boy Cun­ning­ton was hav­ing a strong game and cel­e­brated with a sec­ond goal on the stroke of half-time.

Paul Konch­esky curled in a cross that Cun­ning­ton, un­der pres­sure from Bray, headed in­side the near post.

The sec­ond half was never go­ing to live up to the first 45 min­utes in terms of ex­cite­ment as Bil­ler­icay looked to con­trol the game.

Joe El­lul sent a tow­er­ing header into the side net­ting at a cor­ner, and Sam Deering shot went just past the post early on.

Love­lock had to be alert to keep out a Konch­esky cross that was de­flected to­wards his own goal by Sa­muel Mur­phy.

Louie Theo­phanous broke clear but shot straight at Love­lock.

Sub­sti­tu­tions fur­ther dis­rupted the play, but the im­pres­sive Nathaniel-Ge­orge pulled a goal back in the dy­ing min­utes, to give the home fans a few ner­vous mo­ments.

STAR MAN: Adam Cun­ning­ton (Bil­ler­icay Town) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT:

PIC­TURE: Nicky Hayes

MOD­ESTY FOR­BID­DING: Ricky Modeste heads home Bil­ler­icay's first goal. Inset, Adam Cun­ning­ton cel­e­brates scor­ing Bil­ler­icay's fourth

SWEET SPOT: Billy Brick­nell blows hard as he nets his penalty

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