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Billericay preview

High-flying Wingate & Finchley welcome Billericay Town to the Harry Abrahams Stadium, knowing that a win could potentially see them go level on points with league leaders Dulwich Hamlet with a game in hand. The last time these two sides met, former manager Dave Norman's side won the away fixture 3-2, with Tommy Tejan-Sie grabbing a vital away goal to give the Blues all three points. However, Craig Edwards' side denied Wingate from completing the double over them by snatching a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture. Billericay Town find themselves in 8th position on 35 points having played three games more than Simon Lane's team. Their form away from New Lodge is inconsistent, having lost 4, drawn 4, and mounted the same amount of wins. However, their last loss came away to Met Police on October 20th and have lost just once in their last 10 league games. The visitors will be coming into this game with plenty of attacking options, and have the relief of being able to select their top goalscorer on 9 goals, Mike Fondop-Talum, who has recently returned from suspension. They are a side who do find the net more often than not having scored 40 goals in total, 18 coming on the road, however they do equally tend to concede having picked the ball out of their own net on 18 occasions from 12 league away games. Wingate have turned Summers Lane into a fortress and sit in 3rd position on 39 points. With 7 wins, 1 draw and only three defeats at home in the league, the Blues will be eager to sustain that record. Their ability to do that will be helped by top goalscorer Billy Healey, who has been a revelation since returning from injury by scoring 4 goals in his last 2 outings. The North London outfit are a free scoring side at home having accumulated 23 goals from just 11 league games. Howbeit, having conceded 24 goals in the league, the slight worry for Lane will be that 14 of those goals have come on their own stomping ground. With only four points separating the two teams, and with each respective side hitting a good run of form, it should be an entertaining game of attacking football. By Khalid Karimullah

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