ALAN Julian is battling to be fully fit for Billericay Town’s trip to National League South table-toppers Wealdstone.

Julian returned to action following a month-long injury lay-off in Billericay’s thrilling 4-3 Essex Senior Cup quarter-final win over Grays Athletic on Monday.

However, player-manager Jamie O’Hara admitted the goalkeeper was forced into action after Charlton Athletic recalled loanee Nathan Harness.

“I was disappointed with the defending against Grays but Jules, really and truthfully, wasn’t fit,” said O’Hara.

“Charlton have taken Nathan back, which was out of our control.

“I had to get Jules to play when he is a couple of weeks away from being right.

“He played because I told him we haven’t got anyone else.

“It was hard for him because he looked like he couldn’t get around, but we have got to protect him better.”

Julian is expected to be between the sticks once again when Billericay make the journey to Wealdstone.

The hosts, who are managed by former Town boss Dean Brennan, are currently six points clear at the top of the standings and boast a number of familiar faces.

The likes of Moses Emmanuel, Ross Lafayette, Adam Coombes, Billy Clifford, Connor Smith and Michee Efete are now with Wealdstone.

While Billericay find themselves down in 17th spot, they will head to Grosvenor Vale confident having won the reverse fixture last month.

Billericay sealed a 3-1 victory at New Lodge.

However, Wealdstone have not lost since and scored seven goals in each of their last two outings.