Blue Square Bet
Published 25th September 2012
....first game away from home this season.
Goals from Alex Osborn and Rob Swaine earned the Blues a 2-1 victory at Staines Town on Saturday but their manager doesn't think they had to be anywhere near their best to claim the three points.
Billericay had lost their previous three away games this term.
"I don't think we played anywhere near where we played the four games prior to that," said Edwards. "We looked comfortable winning it albeit that we got a late goal but I thought we were the better side all the way through."
The manager has been encouraged by his team's new found defensive steel which has seen them concede only once in their last two fixtures.
That will be put to the test again this weekend when they take on the team they were promoted with from the Ryman League Premier Division last season, AFC Hornchurch.
Edwards is excited by the draw which pitches them against their Essex rivals at New Lodge. "I probably know them as well as I know my own side," he said.
Last season leading scorer Jay May is still missing with an ongoing hamstring problem while Marc Charles-Smith will find out this week how long the broken arm he sustained in the 4-0 against Eastleigh will sideline him for.
Dave Collis is also out with a calf pull and Edwards is urging the midfielder to rest and recover. "He's one of these people that'll play with his leg hanging off," said Edwards.
"I've told him to have a break because come Saturday he'll be thinking: 'I can't feel it much I'll play'."
Although he says he's looking for another striker Town have brought in forward Jacek Magdzinski. The Polish player did train with Billericay in pre-season before going to Dover Athletic and Farnborough.
He is due to play in tonight's friendly at home to Histon. "He's just got goals written all over him," said the manager.