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Burgess Hill preview

Burgess Hill visit Summers Lane on Saturday as Wingate and Finchley seek to avoid stretching their winless run to 10 games. Also visiting on the day are the charity Delete Blood Cancer who will be taking registrations for their blood donor register. The Blues last win at home came on December 8th, a 3-2 victory over Cockfosters in the London Senior Cup. Their last win in all competitions followed 11 days later, a 92nd minute Tommy Tejan-Sie goal handing Wingate a 2-1 triumph away at Staines Town. Since then, Wingate have crept down the league and find themselves in 11th place, just one point above Saturdays opponents with a game in hand. Two chances of silverware have also been lost in 2016 for Keith Rowlands men, bowing out of both the London Senior Cup and the Middlesex Charity Cup to lower league opposition. Wednesdays match in the latter at home to Uxbridge on Wednesday saw the Wingate and Finchley development squad, Hadley Wood and Wingate, spectacularly throw away a 3-0 hour-mark lead by conceding four in the second half. With Wingates last opportunity to win a trophy coming on Tuesday in the League Cup against Enfield, the team will hope a victory on Saturday can act a springboard for another three days later. Burgess Hill, however, have already beaten Enfield this week. Wednesdays match between the two sides at Leyland Park saw the Hillians run out as 1-0 winners, courtesy of Scott Kirkwoods first goal of the season. The result was Burgess Hills first league win in 2016, just in time to face a Wingate side struggling for form. The last time these sides met, despite both the referee and linesman going down with injuries, Ola Sogbanmus solitary goal and a defending masterclass from captain Marc Weatherstone handed the Blues a 1-0 win. That game is fondly remembered for debutant Dan Browns post-match interview in which, unexpectedly, his trousers were pulled down. Wingate will be hoping they can avoid the same fate on Saturday afternoon. Preview by Andy Gerlis

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