Hendon Preview

Wingate & Finchley travel to local rivals Hendon FC in a pay what you want fixture, after falling to a frustrating loss at home to another adversary, Enfield Town FC. Enfield's extremely late winner at the Harry Abrahams Stadium condemned Simon Lane's side to their second defeat on their own stomping ground in the space of four days, after also suffering a reverse score-line to Met Police on Boxing Day. After those two slip-ups, the Blues will be extremely eager to display their bouncebackability, as they have all season, with three points at Earlsmead. Hendon come into this game off the back of failing to take three points in their previous two fixtures. After they too fell to a 4-2 home defeat on Boxing Day against visitors Leiston, Saturday's opponents then scored five goals against Harrow Borough, though only gaining a solitary point. The hosts' results have been indifferent this season after only just recovering in December from a six game losing streak, following their struggles from the two months prior. Last season's results saw the Blues lose by one goal in a seven goal thriller in the Ryman League Cup, before Hendon completed a double over their North London opposition in the league. With an aggregate of five goals to two over the two games, this new look Wingate & Finchley squad will be a different test. After 29 games, The Greens first team manager Gary McCann will be eager to get as many points as possible on the board after sitting in 19th place on 28 points, and just five points above the drop zone. Having won only seven games in the league, there will be concern amongst the home crowd. To surprise, Hendon have scored the same amount of goals as their visitors, 42, but have been weak defensively after shipping 54 goals. Wingate however sit in seventh on 42 points, and are just three points subsequently off a play-off position. Having only conceded 33 league goals this season, the difference between the two sides will be which defence can remain more resolute. However, with Wingate's top goalscorer Billy Healey finding the net again on Tuesday, Lane will be confident his side can get back to winning ways. Match Preview by Khalid Karimullah

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