BILLERICAY Town boss Harry Wheeler is pleased to see the partnership between his new-look front three already bearing fruit.

Matt Rhead and Moses Emmanuel were both on target as the promotion hopefuls recorded a 3-2 derby victory over Braintree Town to maintain their 100 per cent winning start to the new National League South campaign.

Jake Robinson grabbed the winner in the opening day success against Eastbourne Borough and Wheeler is overjoyed at the strikers already getting off the mark.

“It’s important that all three of them have scored already because we need them to be in form if we want to have a successful season,” said Wheeler.

“Having brought Rheady in during the summer, it is a new partnership and it’s fantastic to see them working well together so early in the season.

“They looked a bit alien to each other in the first half of the opening day game with Eastbourne Borough, but they are getting better as time goes by.

“There is a good connection between the three of them and they are all intelligent players.

“Hopefully they will maintain their good form and continue to work well together.”

Rhead netted from the spot to cancel out Tom Richardson’s opener before Emmanuel headed Billericay in front at Cressing Road.

Richardson, the former East Thurrock United frontman, doubled his tally for the evening to draw Braintree level before Charlie Wassmer grabbed the winner.

And Wheeler feels Wassmer’s impact shows that Billericay have great strength in depth despite the club undergoing a budget cut during the summer.

“Charlie has come into the team and done well,” added Wheeler.

“He has taken his chance due to Gavin Gunning’s suspension and it was fantastic for him to get the winner.

“All of the lads know they need to keep pushing if they want to be in the starting line-up because we have competition for places.

“Having a player like Gavin out of the squad and still winning shows how good our squad is despite slashing the budget.”

And Wheeler is delighted with Billericay’s flying start to the new campaign.

“I’m pleased with the start to the season and it’s great to already have six points,” admitted Wheeler.

“We are getting better as a team and improving quickly.

“There remains room for improvement but we are on the right track. The players had a good mentality and reacted well to certain situations.”