Billericay Town preview

Wingate & Finchley welcome Billericay Town to the Maurice Rebak Stadium for the club’s first official game since the renaming of the stadium. Keith Rowland's new-look Blues side began the season in the worst possible fashion, suffering a 3-0 defeat to Tonbridge Angels, with all three goals coming in a first-half to forget. The Wingate faithful will hope their side avenge last season's disappointing results against The Ricay, a 4-0 end-of-season hammering at New Lodge followed a 1-0 defeat at the then, Harry Abrahams Stadium. Manager, Craig Edwards, has overseen an influx of incomings into the club over the summer, who will be looking to improve on last season's 9th placed finish. Billericay will be hoping to return to the National League South having being crowned division winners in 2011-12. With Ricky Sappleton leading a front-line featuring Joshua Oyinsan, who scored the opener in their 1-1 draw with Merstham at the weekend, they'll bring a potent threat with them. Their pre-season form has seen a somewhat mix-bag of results; five losses, two wins and two draws, including a win against a full-strength League one side Gillingham, and a 2-2 draw to Aveley, a result matched by the hosts. The North Finchley outfit welcomed back top goalscorer from last season, Billy Healey, at the weekend who'll be eager to replicate his form from last season, in which he passed the 30 goal mark in the league. His experience and know-how in this league will help new striker Reece Beckles to settle in quicker. The Blues' fans and staff alike will be eager to get three points on the board ahead of Saturday's huge derby at home to Hendon. By Khalid Karimullah

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