On an emotional evening, both sides paid tribute to Christian Rowe with a minute’s silence before kickoff, with many members of the playing squad and management of Academy23 joining the senior squad around the centre circle.
It was a night on which the result felt unimportant, but Slough will have been aggrieved not to have taken at least a point from the match and were fully deserving of Josh Jackman’s late headed equaliser.
Aaron Kuhl – who was impressive throughout – fired the first shot wide for Slough on 12 minutes as he turned towards goal after receiving a pass from Freddie Grant.
In response, a looping header from Chambers clipped the top of Jonathan North’s crossbar, with the goalkeeper helping it on its way.
Tyler Goodrham showed great feet to beat two Billericay players just past the hour mark, but he could only fire over the bar from 25 yards.
Goodrham was again influential on 41 minutes as he sped past Graham and dug out a cross to the far post, but Matthew Lench could only head wide.
Then, the visitors took the lead against the run of play through a heavily deflected strike. Good wing play from Hinds on the right resulted in a cross for Femi Akinwande, who slipped as he struck the ball goalwards, only for it to hit Scott Davies and squirm past North.
Slough were almost immediately level, with Goodrham drawing a good save from goalkeeper Lovett as he struck the ball with the outside of his right boot. From the resulting corner, Kuhl was unlucky to see a thunderous volley cleared off the line by Hinds.
Undeterred by the smash-and-grab goal from the visitors, Slough maintained the pressure in the second half and created a clear opening on 51 minutes. Interplay between Lench and George Hunt led to the latter setting Goodrham free, but he fired over the bar from a tight angle.
It was one-way traffic for the most part, with Billericay threatening only through Coulthirst’s header from Akinwande’s cross, but North got down easily to save.
Alfonso Tenconi had a quiet game by his standards but connected well with a header back across goal from Jackman, only to see the ball sail over.
With time running out, Goodrham won a free kick just outside the penalty area, giving substitute Max Worsfold the chance to whip in an inviting cross which Jackman rose highest to meet, giving Lovett no chance.
Slough remained camped in the Billericay half looking for a winner, and it almost arrived as Kuhl’s deflected effort went just over the bar, only for a goal kick to be awarded.
Kuhl went closer still in stoppage time when a fierce volley barely cleared the crossbar.
Billericay Town Lineup
Lovett, Stevenson, Ekpiteta, Chambers (c), Ochieng, Coulthirst (Pinto 77), Munns (Skeffington 68), Akinwande (Stagg 88), Graham, Hinds, Wright. Unused substitutes: Ekumah, Carvalho.