Good crowd as Hillians miss out to the Reds but then beat East Preston

Crawley's Gary Alexander and Burgess Hill's Tom Graves challenge for the ball. Burgess Hill Town v CrawleyTown, Leylands Park, Maple Drive, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 8DL'Date 20-07-2013'Picture by Ken Sparks'Mobile 07968 045353 (Ken Sparks Photography) - 7 Leslie Park Road, East Croydon, Surrey CR0 6TN - Tel: 020 8655 2129 - Fax: 020 8655 2129

Crawley's Gary Alexander and Burgess Hill's Tom Graves challenge for the ball. Burgess Hill Town v CrawleyTown, Leylands Park, Maple Drive, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 8DL'Date 20-07-2013'Picture by Ken Sparks'Mobile 07968 045353 (Ken Sparks Photography) - 7 Leslie Park Road, East Croydon, Surrey CR0 6TN - Tel: 020 8655 2129 - Fax: 020 8655 2129

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Burgess Hill FC continued their pre-season schedule with games against Crawley Town and East Preston.

The League club sent a strong side to Leylands Park on Saturday and ran out 5-0 winners in front of a crowd of 341.

The visitors had the lion’s share of possession but Hillians had the first chance through Richard Greenfield.

Jamie Proctor tapped in a Sergio Torres cross to open the scoring on 22 minutes and added a second on the stroke of half time.

Reds had to wait until the 70th minute to resume the scoring through the excellent Billy Clarke and five minutes later Tom Graves put through his own goal.

The scoring was completed late on when Clarke bagged his second.

The boot was on the other foot on Tuesday when Hillians beat County Leaguers East Preston 6-1.

Max Miller opened the scoring on 25 minutes and three minutes later crossed for Craig Knowles to make it 2-0.

Miller struck his second after 59 minutes but the visitors pulled one back five minutes later through Joe Shelley.

Greg Luer superbly lobbed ex-Hillians keeper Joel Harding on 74 minutes and then his Harding’s brother Pat struck twice in the last 15 minutes.

The latest signings at Leylands Park include the returning Neil Watts and Ryan Thomson, along with Graves, Max Lake-Edwards and Spencer Slaughter.

Former Crawley central defender Lake-Edwards has played in the last three friendlies, while Graves has arrived after spells with Crawley Down, Redhill and Horsham, and former Hassocks midfielder Slaughter signs after previous Ryman experience with Worthing.

Tomorrow (Friday) Ian Chapman’s team play a friendly at Lewes (7.45).

Hillians will kick off their league season with a home game against Merstham on August 10 and follow up with trips to Walton & Hersham (Tuesday Aug 13) and Tooting & Mitcham (Saturday Aug 17).

Hassocks drew 1-1 with Lewes on Saturday and this Saturday entertain South Park.

The Robins kick off their County League programme by entertaining Littlehampton on August 10 and the following Tuesday are at home to East Grinstead.

St Francis Rangers beat Mile Oak 7-1 last Thursday and tonight (July 25) play hosts to Eastbourne United.

They also start with two home games, against Rye on August 10 and then Lingfield on the Tuesday.

Newly promoted Haywards Heath lost 2-1 at home to Three Bridges on Tuesday night after previously beating Shoreham 4-2 and losing 3-1 to Burgess Hill.

This Saturday they are at home to Horsham YMCA.

County League fixtures may be open to change as Uckfield AFC await the outcome of their appeal against relegation to Division 2.