JAMIE O’Hara took to social media as he apologised for Billericay Town’s poor display in a 2-0 defeat to Welling United.

Former Town striker Adam Coombes put Welling ahead in the National League South encounter before Anthony Cook rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot.

And Billericay player-manager O’Hara admits his side’s performance was not what the travelling supporters deserved.

“I want to apologise to our great fans for that performance,” O’Hara tweeted.

“We played like the season was over.

“It was unacceptable and I won’t allow that to happen again."

Billericay goalkeeper Alan Julian was kept on his toes early on, with the 37-year-old pulling off inspired saves to keep out Coombes and Dipo Akinyemi.

Cook then came agonisingly close to giving Welling the lead as his effort, after getting in behind, was deflected onto the post by Billericay defender Michael Chambers.

Julian’s action-packed half continued as he kept Coombes at bay once again.

At the other end of the pitch, Welling custodian Daniel Wilks made a routine save to stop Jack Paxman’s curling free-kick finding the back of the net.

The hosts failed to make the most of a glorious opportunity moments before the interval as former Billericay captain Rob Swaine headed back across goal to an unmarked Akinyemi, only for the striker to nod wide.

Akinyemi found himself through on goal seven minutes after the break, but Julian managed to make an impressive stop with his legs.

However, Welling could not be kept at bay for much longer and, soon before the hour mark, Coombes made the breakthrough with a header.

Coombes was denied a second goal of the afternoon as Ben Nunn cleared another attempt off the goal-line.

Billericay made a double change in an attempt to get back into the contest, with O’Hara and Jake Robinson coming off the bench.

Town failed to take advantage of two guilt-edged chances in as many minutes as Connor Shields’ cross was headed straight at Wilks by debutant Joe Quigley before Robinson curled inches wide having been found by O’Hara.

The misses proved costly as Cook ensured Billericay would be beaten by converting from the penalty spot.