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Bright Future For Moles - 17 May

Captain James Knight believes Binfield have a bright future - and he is aiming to carry on leading them from the front.

The inspirational midfielder has just completed two seasons where he played every minute of every game. And that is a record he is extremely proud of, admitting to Dave Wright: "Not many players do that because of injury and suspension. But I have I managed to look after myself and I feel my performances have warranted it, though I am still grateful to the gaffer (Roger Herridge for that)."

Knight, who has made 155 appearances in three seasons for the Moles, was rewarded when he skippered them to victory in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup with a 2-1 win over Thatcham Town, the Uhlsport Hellenic League champions and Buildbase FA Vase finalists. They also finished seventh in the league, having held sixth place for much of the time before a slight loss of form towards the end of the season.

"I think we can do even better next season," he added. "It is vital we keep hold of the players we have now, but we also need to add two or three more. If we do that, then I think the future is looking really bright for Binfield and I want to be part of it. There is not a better club to play for in this area. Once you start playing here, it is very difficult to stop. It is a superb outfit from top to bottom, on and off the pitch."

Herridge is certain to retain Knight as skipper, saying: "He has been excellent for us in all the time he has been with us and is a great captain. He works his socks off for the entire 90 minutes week in, week out. There are not too many people at any level in non-league football who has played in every game for two seasons running and it's close to three as I think in his first season there was only one game where he started on the sub's bench."

Herridge continued: "All my players deserved to win the  Floodlit Cup, but perhaps James more than most.  If you want to play non-league football at any level, you have to be committed, and there are not many players more committed than him. He wears his heart on his sleeve and sees the captaincy, as an honour. He always wants to do well for himself and for the team  We have probably the best team spirit we have ever had, certainly in the last couple of seasons, and James keeps the lads together. He is a proper captain and I cannot speak more highly of him."

Knight picked up two trophies at his club's presentation evening, winning the manager's player  and supporters awards. Ian Davies, the club's record scorer, was voted the club's player of the season as well earning their Golden Boot award, while Will Shaw was voted the most improved player .

roger herridge hellenic leagueFitting Reward For Moles Faithful - 3 May

Manager Roger Herridge said Binfield's shock 2-1 win over Thatcham Town in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup final at Windsor on Monday was a fitting reward for everyone connected to the club.

“Obviously, I am elated for the players as they worked so hard for it, but I am even more pleased for all the people at the club, like (chairman) Bob Bacon and (secretary) Rob Challis and all the others who put in a lot of their time and effort behind the scenes,” he added when talking with Dave Wright. “We have a great club and it's nice to end the season with a cup to show for it.”

This trophy came courtesy of two cracking goals from Sanchez Commock, who only joined the club from Uhlsport Hellenic League rivals Highmoor Ibis a few weeks ago. Former Bracknell Town ace Shane Cooper-Clark pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, but the Moles held on to become the first side to defeat the league champions in 41 games.

“It was a great feeling to win,” commented Herridge, who had lost five previous cup finals. We had a game plan and I felt we controlled the game. We needed to make sure we worked very hard and make things difficult for them (Thatcham). I thought we were fantastic and I don't think too many people left the game thinking we didn't deserve to win. Sanchez will get the glory for his two goals, but we needed to have a lot of 10 out of 10 performances and we got them.”

Skipper James Knight, who has now played every minute in every Binfield game for two complete seasons, commented: “We went into the game with a plan of setting things up to try to stop them. They are on a formidable run and we knew we had to set things up a bit differently, going a bit more back to basics, even play ugly at times and I think we did everything superbly. There is no doubt we deserved to win. This is a night I won't forget in a hurry.”

 

Underdogs Underlights - 26 April

Binfield will clearly be the underdogs when they take on Thatcham in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup final at Stag Meadow, Windsor, on Monday (7.45pm ko).

The Moles have lost their last four league games, while the Builbase FA Vase finalists are unbeaten in 38 league and cup ties. But as manager Roger Herridge points out: “In a one-off game over 90 minutes you never know what might happen.”

However, he quickly admitted: “If we are to win, we will have to find the form that we showed until the last few weeks and also hope they (Thatcham) have an off day.”

Binfield will again be forced to field an understrength side, as Lewis Leonetti and Josh Howell are ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury, while recent signings Sanchez Commock and Kane Fitzgerald are cup-tied. But Jack Thompson-Wheeler, Chris Gerrard and Jeff Brown are all set to return after missing the 2-1 defeat at Longlevens in their Uhlsport Hellenic League game last Saturday.

Once again, the Moles fell behind to an early goal, their defence failing to pick up centre-back Adam Phillips to leave him with a free header from a corner after two minutes.

Fitzgerald and Commock both had chances to equalise before half-time, while Ian Davies was twice denied by keeper Ash Wintle in the second half.
But Binfield's hopes of an equaliser ended in the 89th minute when goalie Henry Craven brought down Brad Martin and Myron Turner made no mistake from the penalty spot. Soon afterwards, there was a similar occurrence at the other end with Wintle fouling Davies, who picked himself up to net from 12 yards for his 32nd goal of the season.

“It was a disappointing result to finish the (league) season,” stated Herridge.”We have got into a habit of conceding early goals which haven't helped our cause. I hope lessons will have been learned and that it won't happen again in Monday's final.”

 

Seventh Place Finish On Cards - 19 April

After a long stay at sixth, in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division table, Binfield now look set to finish seventh in the final placings with just one league game remaining.

Manager Roger Herridge commented: “We certainly don't want the season to peter out. We will have to patch ourselves up for the trip down to Longlevens on Saturday, and that won't be easy. We have got to pick ourselves up and try to find a result from somewhere. We've then got our cup final against Thatcham (at Windsor on April 30) to worry about. It has been a long, hard season and whatever has happened in the last week is not going to change the fact it hasn't been a bad one for us.”

 

Binfield News -12 April

Ian Davies fired home a stoppage-time goal to earn Binfield a 2-1 win at Brackley Town Saints on Saturday. It was his second of the game, taking the striker's tally to 29 goals for the season. The Moles had to come from behind after conceding a goal with eight minutes gone.

“They scored on the break, but it was an even first half,” said manager Roger Herridge. His side dominated the second half, but were guilty of missing chances before Davies headed in a 66th-minute equaliser. Herridge introduced his substitutes with Zidan Akers making a “real impact” and for the rest of the game it was largely one-way traffic. Another replacement was Sanchez Commock, a new signing from Uhlsport Hellenic League rivals Highmoor Ibis. Binfield eventually sealed victory in the third minute of stoppage time when man-of-the-match Davies was first to react after the ball had come back off the crossbar.

“Overall, it was a good performance,” commented Herridge. “Brackley is never an easy place to go to, so we were pleased to come away with all three points.”

It was sixth-placed Binfield's 10th away league win of the season, one more than they have so far recorded at home. But they will be seeking to make it 10 at Hill Farm Lane when they host title-chasing and FA Vase finalists Thatcham on Saturday. It will mean a return to Binfield for their former hot-shot Liam Ferdinand.

Local rivals Bracknell are hoping Binfeld can do them a favour by beating Thatcham – undefeated in 34 games - at Hill Farm Lane this Saturday, when the Moles will be looking to return to winning ways following their 4-3 defeat at Windsor on Tuesday. It was a battling performance, as they played for 83 minutes with 10 men following a red card for Tristan Campbell after a trip in the area. Luke Brooks-Smith scored from the spot and Jack Denton doubled the home side's lead on 22 minutes. But battling Binfield, having switched to a 3-4-2 formation, are made of stern material and Ian Davies pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the 39th minute. Sanchez Commock equalised after 57 minutes and six minutes later Davies put his side ahead with his 31st goal of the season. But the Moles were unable to keep Windsor out, with substitute Jack Hall bringing the scores back level in the 74th minute and Matt Stockhill snatching the winner three minutes from time.

“Football can be cruel at times,” bemoaned manager Herridge. “We definitely deserved a point, we probably deserved all three. If we had 11 players on the pitch, there would have been only one winner. I am full of admiration for my players, they were fantastic. They played with real energy, desire and showed a lot of ability.”

Herridge was left fuming by the referee's decision to dismiss Campbell, adding: “I was disappointed with the officials. The ref was not consistent with his decisions for both sides. No matter how good you are, you need to have key decisions go your way – sadly tonight they didn't.”

 

bluefin sport insuranceBluefin Blues - 5 April

Binfield's interest in the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup came to an end on Tuesday when they lost 3-1 at Thatcham.

“It is always disappointing to lose in a cup quarter-final, but they are a good side,” admitted manager Roger Herridge. “My players could not have given me any more, I can't knock them. We worked hard, but didn't get the luck we deserved. I was disappointed with the three goals we conceded especially with the third one, they should have been prevented.”

The Moles fell behind to the FA Vase finalists after six minutes when they conceded a free-kick just outside the area and Tom Browne found a way past the wall. Following good work by Carlo Santoro, Harry Laflin equalised on 21 minutes and, buoyed by the goal, Binfield were more than holding their own.
But they suffered a blow after 36 minutes when Lewis Leonetti was forced off with a hamstring problem. “Losing him was a big blow,” commented Herridge. “He is a big strong centre-half and was playing well.”

And the Moles were dealt another set-back on the stroke of half-time when Gavin James restored Thatcham's lead. Binfield missed a chance to equalise before James added a third goal in the 74th minute.

Herridge admitted: “Overall, Thatcham were the better side on the night. They have a lot of quality and depth in their squad and were even able to leave Shane Cooper-Clark (their leading scorer with 50 goals) on the bench.”

Binfield will face Thatcham again, this time in the league, at Hill Farm Lane on April 14, but before that the Moles face Brackley Town Saints on Saturday and Windsor next Tuesday evening.

 

roger herridge hellenic leagueComeback Highlight For Herridge - 29 March

Roger Herridge described Binfield's comeback 3-2 win on Saturday over Uhlsport Hellenic League leaders on Highworth as one of the highlights of his career at Hill Farm Lane.

The Moles conceded two goals in the opening 15 minutes and were looking so disorganised that a heavy defeat looked on the cards. “We could hardly live with them,” said the manager (pictured right). “At half-time I told the players where they needed to improve and we got into the game and stayed with it.”

They were still trailing with less than 20 minutes left, but amazingly scored three times in the space of 11 minutes to secure an unlikely victory. It was Highworth's first away defeat in the league this season following 15 wins and a draw.

“We have a lot of ability in the dressing room,” added the Moles manager. "We put in a lot of effort and you have to admire the team's energy they showed late in the game.”

Ian Davies, from the penalty spot, and Sean Moore brought the scores level before substitute Carlo Santoro grabbed the 86th-minute winner. Herridge added: “They (Highworth) are a very good team, you have only to look at their away record to see that. The pressure we put on them really got them rattled and the boys deserve a great deal of credit. This has got to be one of the best wins I have ever had as manager at Binfield.”

 

Winners Medal Chance Not High - 22 March

perpetua press newent glosRoger Herridge this week guided Binfield to yet another cup final – but his chances of earning a winner's medal don't appear to be too high.

His Moles defeated Uhlsport Hellenic League rivals Flackwell Heath 3-1 at Hill Farm Lane on Tuesday in the semi-finals of the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup. “This is our sixth cup final in my time in charge here,” said Herridge. “But we have still to win one, so hopefully this will be our year. The club deserves to win a trophy.”

Local rivals Bracknell, who defeated the Moles in two finals last season, play Thatcham or Brimscombe & Thrupp in the other semi-final. “I don't mind who we play, but it's going to be a big ask,” added Herridge. “What I do know, we will have to play better than we did tonight if we are going to break our duck. We have got to find a way to win one.”

The Moles boss admitted that the first 20 minutes of Tuesday's tie “wasn't good viewing”, adding: “They (Flackwell) were half a yard quicker than us in speed and thought. The goal we gave away was woeful.”

Binfield fell behind in the 21st minute to a scrambled goal by Jordan Dowdican, but then rocked Marcus Richardson's men with two cracking shots from Jeff Brown and Sean Moore in the 36th and 38th minutes. Brown then set up another goal for Moore just after the hour mark.

“Sean has the ability to one of the best players in the league, but needs to get himself fitter,” added Herridge, who took his striker off five minutes later. More often than not even when we are playing poorly we have just found a way of winning. Look at many times we have scored three goals this year. We are obviously very good going forward and got that bit of quality. That is why we are sixth in the league.”

Binfield, who beaten 3-2 at home by Brimscombe & Thrupp last weekend, face league leaders Highworth at home this Saturday, before hosting another of the title chasers, Bracknell, on Monday (7.45pm ko).

 

Moles Have Big Say In The Top Places - 8 March

Binfield are on course to finish sixth in the Uhlsport Hellenic League, but could have a big say on who fills the top three places come the end the season.

Roger Herridge's men have eight games remaining, three of them home to the main title contenders. First up are current leaders Highworth on Saturday, March 24, followed by Bracknell two days later and Thatcham on April 14. “We are looking forward to playing our part in the title race with games against the three fancied sides,” said Herridge. “They will all be tough tests for us and we will be making sure we are set up to be hard to beat. If we work hard and get a little luck, you just never know, we are capable of causing a shock or two.”

Herridge believes Highworth have to be favourites to lift the title. “We drew down there and were good value for it. I was a disappointed with them on the day to be honest, but the league table doesn't lie and they are a top side,” he added. “As for Bracknell, they should be winning the league with the squad they have. If Tally (ex-manager Mark Tallentire) had been in charge all season they would have. I think Carl (Davies) will do a good job with Geoff Warner alongside him as he is a top coach.”

Herridge continued: “We don't play Thatcham until the end of the season and by then the title race could be over. For me, they have the most balanced squad, with competition for places in all areas, and a lot of quality. The signing of Ferdy (Liam Ferdinand) was a key one for me, Bracknell should have fought to keep him. I would not be surprised if they are crowned champions before we face them.”

Of more immediate concern for Herridge is this Saturday's trip to Longlevens. His side will be looking to maintain their excellent run which has seen them win 16 and drawn two of their latest 20 league and cup games. They appeared in some danger of suffering a rare defeat when they trailed 1-0 at half-time to Oxford City Nomads on Tuesday of last week, but hit back well to record a 3-2 win. Binfield fell behind to a 16th-minute goal from Craig Fasanmade and looked second best for much of the opening half, but they improved in the second half with the introduction of substitutes paying dividends. Ian Davies brought the scores level with his 23rd goal of the season and then recent signing Liam Gavin put them ahead with his touch after coming off the bench on 70 minutes. Gavin quickly increased the lead before Connor Mattimore netted a late second for the Nomads, who finished the game with 10 men following a red card.

Another sub, Kane Fitzgerald, made a fine debut following his transfer from Bracknell Town. Bracknell chairman Kayne Steinborn-Busse admitted he was “bitterly disappointed” to have lost Fitzgerald, but added he “is in good hands at Binfield.

 

ian davies hellenic league footballPraise For Davies - 1 March

Roger Herridge heaped praise on striker Ian Davies after seeing him blast a quick fire double in Binfield's 3-2 win at Lydney on Saturday.

“He has such an influence on the side,” said the Moles manager. “We've got someone at No 9 setting an example at the age of 32. He gives you energy, works hard and chases lost causes. He scored two great goals and must have been disappointed not to have got a hat-trick.”

Davies (pictured) opened his account after six minutes, only for Frankie Johnson to equalise for the hosts three minutes later. In-form Davies, with his 22nd goal of the season, restored Binfield's lead on 16 minutes, but once again it was short-lived, with Jack Rutter quickly making it 2-2.

“It was certainly an eventful first 20 minutes,” said Herridge. He then saw Sean Moore put the Moles back in front after 35 minutes and this time they were able to stay ahead for the rest of the game. “I think that is the first time I have gone down there and managed to get three points, although I have drawn there a few times,” added Herridge. "It was certainly not the easiest place to go to especially on the back of the long trip we also had to make in midweek. The pitch was playable, but it was difficult to play on and a leveller.”

Herridge felt his Moles were “by far the better side”, adding: “We missed a few chances and it was our mistakes that kept them in the game. Considering the long trip and the conditions, it was a great three points.”

And his in-form side followed up with another 3-2 away victory on Tuesday, this time at Oxford City Nomads. Davies was on target once more, while substitute and recent signing Liam Gavin added the other two goals, getting off the mark with his first touch after coming off the bench.

Young Kane Fitzgerald made a good debut following his transfer from Bracknell. Herridge admitted the young Nomads were the better side for much of the first half, but his Moles improved in the second half following the introduction of substitutes. "We were perhaps fortunate to come away with all three points, but the harder you work, the luckier you get," he said.

 

Sean Moore hellenic league football"Moore" Than Once - 22 February

Sean Moore struck twice as Binfield enjoyed an excellent 3-1 win at fourth-placed Flackwell Heath on Saturday. "It puts us back in the top six, and that is where we want to go," beamed manager Roger Herridge.

The Moles, had a numerical advantage for more than half the game due to a home player being sent off two yellow-card offences, but as Herridge said: "Even with 10 men, they always posed a threat to us on the break." He added: "It's never an easy place to go to and for a time in the first half we looked second best with Charlie Samuel (Flackwell striker) proving a real handful to our defence, but we dominated the second half."

Moore (pictured) broke the deadlock on the hour mark and he doubled their lead after 73 minutes with Gary Smith adding a third three minutes later. Flackwell never gave up and were rewarded with an excellent consolation goal from Charlie Malin just before the final whistle.

Binfield, who have closed the gap on fifth-placed Bracknell to seven points, have 10 league games remaining with Herridge looking forward to some "exciting challenges ahead."

Binfield won 2-1 away to Division 2 West side Bishops Cleeve Development in the third round of the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup on Wednesday night and they return to Gloucestershire this Saturday for a league game at Lydney.

 

We Didn't Deserve To Lose - 8 February

Binfield threw away a two-goal lead and were beaten 3-2 on Monday as Windsor scored two late goals with the winner coming in stoppage time.

It brought an end to the Moles's 10-match unbeaten run, and was only their second defeat in 18 Uhlsport Hellenic League and cup games. But as manager Roger Herridge said: “We didn't deserve to lose.”

Binfield were the better team in the first half, but couldn't find a way past keeper Hugo Sobte, who made one particularly outstanding save to deny Ian Davies. “We played some nice football with some good build-up play,” added Herridge. “We created a lot of chances without the end product and I said to the players at half-time 'make sure we are not punished for it.”

Herridge commented: “It was a game neither side deserved to lose. We put ourselves in a position to win the game, but didn't manage with few (players) running out of steam late on.”

The Moles manager has signed wide-man Zidan Akers, on a dual registration with Maidenhead United, and centre-back Liam Gavin, on a similar arrangement with Wessex League side Amesbury. He is also hoping to sign a  left-back.  This Saturday, Binfield travel to Brackley Town Saints, seeking revenge for their 4-1 home defeat in October.

 

Higher Finish Within Reach - 1 February

The Moles have lost only two of their last 22 Uhlsport Hellenic League and cup games to remain sixth in the table and manager Roger Herridge believes even a higher finish is within their reach.

Binfield defeated Abingdon United 3-2 at Hill Farm Lane on Saturday to extend their impressive run in a match which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

“We are not going to put pressure on all of the sides above us, as the top three or four are not going to be caught, but it's teams like Flackwell (currently fourth) we want to try to catch,” he said following Saturday's game. “We play them soon, but if we are to beat them, we will need to be better than we were today.”

The Moles went 2-0 up inside the opening 16 minutes through Carlo Santoro and Ian Davies, who shortly afterwards added a third, taking his season's tally to 17. Tom Butler pulled one back for United and Herridge admitted: “We were 3-1 up at half-time without having played that well.

“It was a heavy pitch and Abingdon didn't make it easy for us. They were positive, passed the ball well and have some tidy players. There were signs of how they managed to win at Highworth recently.”

Binfield thought they had scored a fourth when substitute Sean Moore got the better of keeper Edward Cavanagh to a high right-wing cross, but it was ruled out. “It looked a good goal to me with Sean getting the better of the keeper, so I'm not sure why the referee disallowed. Had it counted, the game would have been over, job done,” added Herridge.

But Butler pulled another goal back on 75 minutes when he was first to react after skipper James Knight had made an acrobatic clearance to clear the ball off the line. “All of a sudden it became a bit more anxious for us, but in the end we got another three points,” said Herridge. “It is not a bad trait to win games when you are playing poorly. We will probably play better than this and end up losing.”

Shortly after Abingdon's second goal, an ugly incident broke out in midfield which led to Binfield's Joe Gritt, who had been on the field for a little more than 10 minutes, being shown a straight red card. United's Kyle Moss followed him off as he saw the yellow card for a second time, the first having come after the whistle had been blown for half-time.

With centre-backs Chris Gerrard and Gary Smith outstanding, the Moles held on for a deserved win, giving them a double over Abingdon. “I don't think we had any poor performances, but we had more six out of 10s than eight or nine out of 10s in areas,” concluded Herridge. “We have young lads who sometimes have to grind out results, and we certainly grounded one out today.”

Binfield are due to face second-bottom Highmoor Ibis at Rivermoor this Saturday before hosting mid-table Windsor at Hill Farm Lane on Monday evening.

 

Tribute To Young Team - 25 January

Manager Roger Herridge paid tribute to his Binfield FC youngsters after seeing them defeat Woodley United 3-0 to stay sixth in the Uhlsport Hellenic League table.

Teenager Carlo Santoro scored one and set up another goal as the Moles maintained their excellent run of form which has seen them suffer just one defeat in 15 league and cup games.

"We have got some really good young players here and the club deserves credit for giving them their chance," said Herridge. "This is a tough league to play in; you don't get any easy games. Yes, they are going to be inconsistent at times, but the fact is they are learning how to win games even when the team is not playing that well."

After a goalless first half, Herridge made two changes at the interval to vary the formation and it paid off with Binfield going on to secure a comfortable win thanks to goals from Ian Davies, Santoro and substitute Usman Lalustani. The manager commented: "In the first half, we didn't have any shape, we lacked a bit of energy. I felt there were a few of them out there were not quite at their sharpest tonight, although that could have been due to some of them being short of match fitness. There were three or four players I could have taken off at half-time, but kept it to two."

Tristan Campbell, a new signing from league rivals Highmoor Ibis, was given his debut in the second half. Herridge explained: "We wanted him to set in there (in midfield) to allow Knighty (James Knight) to give us a little more energy higher up the pitch and Tristam did the simple things well." In addition to Campbell, the Moles have also re-signed central defender Lewis Leonetti, who has taken some time off from the game.

End Of Year Revenge - 4 January

Binfield gained some revenge for their 7-3 away defeat a month earlier by beating Royal Wootton Bassett 3-1 at Hill Farm Lane on Saturday.

It keeps up the Moles' good run which has seen them suffer just two defeats in their last 19 games, leaving them sixth in the table, three points behind the fifth club, Flackwell Heath but some distance behind the Uhlsport Hellenic League's top four. Binfield went into the match without young full-back Charley Tuttle, who has joined National League South club Havant & Waterlooville on dual registration forms and played for 56 minutes in their 3-0 win at Bognor on Monday. But they got off to a flying start with two early goals with Alex Colverd netting after nine minutes and Ian Davies two minutes later.

"A two-goal lead was the least we deserved, as we had played some great football going forward," commented manager Roger Herridge. But he was forced to shuffle his pack early in the second half with full-backs - Owen Powell and Jack Thompson-Wheeler - both having to come off injured. The latter was replaced by Usman Lalustaini, a recent signing from Flackwell Heath, and did well despite being in an unfamiliar role. Bassett started to come more into the game despite having Jonathan Aitkenhead sent off following two yellow cards.
But the Moles, with Carlo Santoro looking prominent, continued to look dangerous in attack with Colverd and Davies forcing good saves from the keeper before substitute Luke Hayden raced through a tiring defence to put the issue beyond doubt with the third goal two minutes from time.

Herridge commented: "It was a good way to end the year. We've lost just two league games in the last 19 and we still could have a say in the title race as it hots up as the big three (Highworth, Thatcham and Bracknell) still have to come to our place in the second half of the season."

Binfield were due to have hosted Bracknell on Wednesday of last week, but it was called off following heavy rain. It would have been played had it been played on its original date, Boxing Day. Their next fixture is away to Shrivenham in the Bluefin Sports Hellenic League Cup on January 13.

Mole's Digging Upwards - 21 December

Binfield once again showed they are a team on the rise when holding runaway Uhlsport Hellenic League leaders Highworth to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. 

“The lads raised the bar again,” beamed manager Roger Herridge.  “I said the other day we want to finish in the top six and, from what we have seen today, I think we have proved we are capable of achieving that.” 

The Moles went a goal down on the sloping pitch at The Elms and it needed a couple of outstanding saves by Henry Craven to prevent the hosts from increasing the lead.  But they enjoyed an excellent second half, equalised through Brad Pagliaroli and missed a great chance to take all three points off a side that had lost only one of their previous 22 league games. 

“We fully deserved a point,” said Herridge.  “Before the game, I would have taken that, but at the end of the day, 
I think we may have deserved more. I thought we were excellent to a man. We were disciplined and organised without the ball, and always a threat with it against top opposition. We had a good team out today with some good technical players.” 

Once again, Binfield were missing a number of regulars and Herridge admitted: “In certain areas, we haven't that strength in depth that other teams have got. We're a bit short at centre back and in the centre of midfield and that meant today we had some round pegs playing in square holes, so all credit to the players for coping with it.” 

The Moles manager is continuing his bid to strengthen his squad with Flackwell Heath's attacking midfielder, Usman Lalustani, on his want list.  “We are trying to get the balance of the side right,” added Herridge. “We live within our means, so young players get a good chance with us.” 

One such player currently benefiting with the Moles is Carlo Santoro, who impressed last Saturday.  “He has had to be patient, he is a young lad who was at Reading's academy,” commented the manager.  “Carlo has got all the tricks of the trade and is hoping to play at a higher level, but now he's learning to play non-league football and he has done that over the last few weeks. He was a real threat today.” 

Herridge also paid tribute to Moles skipper James Knight, saying: “The great thing about him, is he leads by example. Sometimes, he may look around him and think to himself 'blimey, who am I playing with this week?' - as we are always having to make changes. He puts everything into his game for the whole 90 minutes, you 
couldn't ask for any more from a captain.”

 

Praise For Youngsters - 6 December

Binfield manager Roger Herridge was full of praise for his young side after seeing them bounce back to winning form on Saturday.

The Moles recovered from a 7-3 trouncing at Royal Wootton Bassett last Wednesday to defeat Longlevens 3-2 at Hill Farm Lane on Saturday, with Ian Davies netting their late winner.

“After what happened at Bassett, it was a very pleasing result. We showed good spirit and character,” said Herridge.

Yet he felt his side had “not played too badly” against their Wiltshire hosts. He explained: “It was one of those nights when everything went wrong in the opening 45 minutes. We were punished for every mistake, our defending certainly wasn't great.”
The Moles conceded three goals inside the first 10 minutes and trailed 6-1 at the interval. “We kept our heads up and at least we managed to win the second half,” smiled Herridge.

The Binfield manager kept faith with his youngsters – 11 of the 16-man squad were under 21 – for Saturday's Uhlsport Hellenic League game and was delighted with their performance.“It didn't come easy as we were up against a big strong Longlevens side,” he continued.“After a pretty even first half (it ended 1-1) we went on to dominate. The Longlevens keeper kept his side in it and they also cleared two off the line.”

Binfield took the lead, only for their Gloucester visitors to equalise, but the Moles refused to settle for a point and further pressure led to a late winner from Davies. “It was what we deserved,” commented Herridge.

His only disappointment was to see Sean Moore shown the red card for the second time in a week. Herridge added: “He came on as a substitute at Wootton Bassett, was great for 30 minutes, then got sent off. He started on Saturday and was unplayable at times before being sent off again. It's frustrating as Sean has the potential to be one of the best players in the Hellenic League.”

 

roger herridge hellenic leagueTraffic Nightmare - 30 November

Binfield overcame numerous problems to win 3-2 at Tuffley Rovers in the Uhlsport Hellenic League on Saturday.

Manager Roger Herridge's depleted squad faced a hazardous trip down to Gloucestershire with the M4 being closed in the Reading area. Their late arrival led to the kick-off being delayed for 10 minutes and, with their own kit arriving later (it had been on the road since 10.30am), the Moles were forced to borrow yellow kit from the host club.

Herridge (pictured) suffered another blow in the warm-up with Joe Gritt picking up an injury and not being able to play, leaving only 12 fit players. This meant a debut for 17-year-old centre-back Jamie Griggs alongside Jeff Brown, who was forced to play despite not being fit.

“Browny had to play through the pain barrier and Jamie was outstanding,” commented Herridge. “They played superbly against the very experienced Tuffley No 9, Shayne Bradley. Everyone put in a tremendous shift, but special mention has to go to our two young wide players, Carlo Santoro, who is 18, and Will Shaw, who's 19.
They both had to show a side to their game that doesn't come naturally to them.”

Shaw and Jack Thompson-Wheeler were involved in the opening goal with the latter's cross being turned home from close range by Ian Davies. Shaw volleyed home the second from the edge of the area for Binfield's second, but strikes from Tuffley's Shayne Anson and Brett James left the score 2-2 with less than 30 minutes on the clock. The second half saw play swing from end to end before the Moles grabbed their 72-minute winner. Brad Pagliaroli saw his shot saved by keeper Eric Edge, but the ball went back to him and he was brought down in the area by Sam Hill. Pagliaroli picked himself up to slot home the penalty into the bottom corner. Rovers threw men forward in a bid to grab an equaliser, but the battling Moles held out for a deserved win, leaving them unbeaten in seven games.

“Taking everything that was thrown at us on the day, we were absolutely delighted to come away with all three points,” beamed Herridge. “I believe the M4 will be closed again in two weeks time when we go to Brimscombe & Thrupp.”

Binfield have been drawn away to Division 1 West side Shrivenham in the third round of the Bluefin Sport Hellenic League Cup on a date to be arranged.

 

Binfield Have Potential To Climb Higher - 23 November

Binfield moved up to seventh place in the Uhlsport  Hellenic League Premier Division  following their 3-1 win over Burnham at Hill Farm Lane on Monday.

And manager Roger Herridge believes they have the potential to climb even higher up  the table. “When everyone is fit and available, we have got a side capable of pushing to get into the top six,” he said to Dave Wright. “Apart from the likes of Highworth, Bracknell and Thatcham, I think we are capable of competing with anyone in this league.”

The Moles, having drawn 2-2 with Lydney on Saturday, are currently on a good run with just one defeat in 12 games. “We are doing all right, considering we have a young squad hit by injuries and unavailability,” commented Herridge. “We should have won two or three of the games we drew. If we had done that we would have had another six points on the board and that would probably have put us in sixth place.”

Herridge and club chairman Bob Bacon have both expressed their concerns over the availability of players and it is likely to happen again this Saturday when the Moles make the long journey to Gloucestershire to play Tuffley Rovers. Expecting to be missing two or three of his senior players, Herridge remarked: “I have a bit of work to do to make sure we get out a competitive side. But at the end of the day that is the joy of being a manager at this level.”

He added: “When everyone is available and fit I am going to have selection problems, but I've no idea when that will be.”

At The Heart Of The Community - 2 November

Binfield Football Club's role in the community has been highly praised by politician Adam Afriyie. The Member of Parliament for the Windsor constituency, which includes Binfield, officially opened the club's new facility at Hill Farm Lane on Saturday.

The single-storey building adjacent to the existing clubhouse provides home and away changing rooms containing showers and WC facilities, along with two changing rooms for male and female match officials, along with a players' treatment room The old clubhouse has also been extended to include new toilets, disabled facilities, a kitchen and boardroom.

Club vice-chairman Andy Cotton commented: “It transforms the facilities here, enabling us to better serve our playing and social members, supporters and visitors. Binfield FC is a true ‘not for profit’ community football club whose core ambition is to provide first-class football facilities for all, and we are building a better football club which the community can be proud of."

Afriyie commented: "I am impressed with how they got the project built on time and within budget - that is exceptional. But the most remarkable thing about this club is that it is right at the heart of the community, enabling parents to meet up, talk to each other or have a drink while watching their kids train and play. I really appreciate being here because Westminster politics can be quite brutal and this is really the delightful part of being an MP, where you see a community evolving and a football club making their way, so it is a great pleasure for me to be here today."

Afriyie continued: "The club is at Step 5, but I pretty sure the energy there is here could take them to up to Step 4 in the future and if there is anything I can do to support the club I would be very happy to do so. I congratulate all the people involved in making this project possible."

Binfield chairman Bob Bacon said: "This (facility) is important for the club for several reasons. It shows the club and the local community our intent. We strive to provide a safe place for people of all abilities to enjoy their football. Our vision is clear, our passion is to give our many footballing players and local community members a collective facility which is safe, appropriate and sustainable. We have a policy of continual improvement and work hard to ensure the entire club is suitable for all."

He revealed there are plans afoot for further development, but added: "At this stage, we want to enjoy the new facility as it is and make the best of it, not just for the football club, but the community of the village and surrounding area."

The Uhlsport Hellenic League club was able to build the new facility thanks to funding from the FA, Football Foundation, Bracknell Forest Borough Council and Binfield Parish Council, in all the grants totalling more than £315,000. The Bracknell Forest Borough Council also extended the lease of the ground for the club which is now in their 125th season. In addition to their local member of parliament, guests at Saturday's official opening included representatives from contractors JevPlan Ltd, Able Contracts and Morris & Blunt, as well as Binfield Parish Council, Berks & Bucks FA and East Berks Football League.

 

Bad Day - 2 November

Manager Roger Herridge admitted it was a “bad day at the office” for Binfield after seeing them crash to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Brackley Town Saints in the Uhlsport Hellenic League at Hill Farm Lane on Saturday.

“It was one of those afternoons when we looked flat and off colour,” he said.

With Brackley going above them, Binfield slip to 11th in the league standings ahead of their game against third-placed Flackwell Heath at Hill Farm Lane on Friday (7.45pm ko)

 

Hard Earned Point - 28 September

Binfield secured a hard-earned Uhlsport Hellenic League point with a 1-1 draw against visitors Wantage on Monday night. It was a much-needed boost for the Moles following their exit from the FA Vase at Fareham on Saturday.

Manager Roger Herridge was able to field a much more experienced team and said: "We had enough chances to have taken a point off a good Wantage side."

Josh Howell opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 68 minutes but they were ahead for only 10 minutes with Steve Robertson equalising, although there was a suspicion of offside. Herridge commented: "After Saturday, we are happy with a point. I thought we were excellent in many parts. I was a bit nervous towards the end because there were times when I thought maybe would lose and pay the price for missing chances. But give Wantage credit, they defended well."

Binfield gave a debut to centre-back Guy Hollis, signed on a dual registration with Slough. "He certainly made a difference to us," said Herridge. "He has been away with work and Slough wanted to give him some pitch minutes. I am not sure how long we will have him."

Herridge also has several youngsters in his squad - left-back Charley Tuttle and forward Alex Colverd both looked particularly impressive - but he admits it's getting the right balance of youth and experience.

"I am all for giving young players a chance, but we need to have the right experience around them. The youngsters will learn, but it would be wrong to expect too much from them at this stage." He added: "If we continue to play like we did on Monday for the rest of the season then we will be just fine."

Binfield visit Abingdon United this Saturday, taking on a side who will be smarting following their midweek drubbing by Thatcham.

 

Scoreline Harsh On Players - 21 September

Binfield crashed out of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Tuesday when beaten 5-0 at Flackwell Heath in their first-round tie. But manager Roger Herridge considered the scoreline was harsh on his players after they had battled hard for 90 minutes.

“Flackwell are a good, well-drilled side and had plenty of possession, but I don't think they were five goals better than us,” he said. “There was very little to choose between the sides in the first half. We had a couple of chances, but we made mistakes and found ourselves two-down at half-time. As for the second half, all their three goals were similar. They (Flackwell) got the ball out wide and put quality balls into areas where it was very difficult to defend. Their wide player Usman (Lalustani) was unplayable at times.”

Binfield's frailties in defence meant it wasn't the best of nights for new keeper Henry Craven from Southern League side Thame United. He had made one exceptionally good save before being beaten in the 19th-minute by a Liam Tack penalty after Jack Broome had brought down Jamie Essex. The evening got worse for the usually-reliable Broome when his attempted pass was intercepted by Tom Gant, who went on beat Craven to make it 2-0 after 39 minutes, The next three Flackwell goals all came from storming runs down the flanks leading to some smart finishes by Gant in the 48th minute, Dean Allen on 69 with Gant completing his hat-trick three minutes later.

Herridge will be hoping for an improved performance when the Moles visit Fareham in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase this Saturday. The Moles will be home to Wantage in the Uhlsport Hellenic League on Monday evening providing neither side is involved in a Vase replay.

Two weeks after joining Woodley United and scoring twice last Saturday in their 3-2 win over Binfield, Ian Davies netted on his first appearance after making a quick move back to Binfield. Returning to his old club, the striker put the Moles on their way to a 2-1 victory at Fairford Town in the Uhlsport Hellenic League.

 

roger herridge hellenic leagueFaith Rewarded - 14 September

Binfield manager Roger Herridge's faith in young players was  handsomely rewarded on Saturday. 

The youthful Moles won 4-1 at Burnham with all their goals coming from 18-year-old players. There was a brace for Alex Colverd on his debut, plus one each for Harry Lee and Carlo Santoro with three of their goals coming in the last 10 minutes of this Uhlsport Hellenic League game. 

Herridge (pictured) rated Colverd, a new signing from Maidenhead Youth, the best player on the field. He said to Dave Wright :"He scored two and his link-up play was really good; I am really excited by him. All three boys played well, as did Liam Whyte in the centre of the park and George Lock at the back." 

Herridge was forced to into giving youth their chance due to a long injury list. He commented: "I know all teams suffer from injuries, but I think we have more than our fair share at the moment. Herridge was missing at least seven of his squad at Burnham but added: "We still managed to put out a competitive side. When all the injured 
boys are back, there will be some tough decisions to make selection wise." 

But the Moles boss revealed he is looking to make one or two new signings, having already brought in midfielder Dan Davies from Ascot United. He came off the bench to make his debut at Burnham. Herridge felt the Moles' 4-1 victory was a true reflection of the game as a whole although they did leave it very late wth goals in the 82nd, 
85th and 89th minutes. They were following up their 3-1 victory at Ascot and the manager is hoping his side can collect another three points when they visit Fairford this Saturday. 

"I am surprised to see them struggling as they haven't a bad side," commented Herridge. "We go down there on the back of two wins, but it won't be an easy game for us as they will be keen to put some points on the board."

 

Significant Signings - 17 August

Manager Roger Herridge might have made one of his best Binfield signings for a long time.

charlie tuttle hellenic leagueFormer Oxford United under-18 player Charlie Tuttle (pictured left) has made an instant impact and was the Moles' match-winner last Saturday. Son of former League professional David Tuttle, the young full-back scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Oxford City Nomads at Hill Farm Lane. It came from a 25-yard free-kick in the 52nd minute. "He was the best player on the pitch again," beamed Herridge.

Following their opening day defeat at Wantage, Binfeld were securing their first Uhlsport Hellenic League win of the campaign. "To be honest, it wasn't a great performance, but the result was the most important thing," commented the manager. "We needed to get points on the board especially as we don't have a midweek game this week and we're back to the FA Cup this Saturday."

josh howell hellenic leagueIn addition to Tuttle, Herridge has made another shrewd move by bringing Josh Howell (right) back to the club from league rivals Thatcham Town. The winger enjoyed two particularly successful seasons for the Moles before switching to Thatcham, but a serious injury put his Kingfishers career on hold. His opportunities at Waterside Park look restricted this season and he decided to return to his former club. "It's great to have him back," said Herridge.

This Saturday, Binfield are home to Horndean in the preliminary round of the FA Cup, looking to follow up their excellent 4-3 win over Chichester two weeks ago. But it won't be easy, as the Hampshire side have won three Wessex League Premier Division games so far.
Binfield have been drawn away to league rivals Flackwell Heath in the first round of the new-look Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.

Anything You Can Do . . . 10 August

Anything you can do, we can do better - that was the message sent out by Binfield in their 4-3 FA Cup win over Chichester on Saturday.

City's opening goal in this extra preliminary round tie was cancelled out by Sean Moore and then Brad Pagliaroli made it 2-1 by half-time. The visitors drew level with an excellent free-kick, but two minutes later Danny Langford restored Binfield's lead with a fine effort and James Knight then popped up to make it 4-2. Moles did concede a late third, but Roger Herridge's men held on for a deserved win and they are rewarded with another home tie, this time against Horndean, a week on Saturday.

"It was a great win, we enjoyed it," the manager commented.

Speaking after the game, Herridge said: "There were a lot of good performances out there today. Danny scored a great goal, Sean was a real handful, young Charlie at left back, Brownie and Gary, our two centre halves, were big and strong against good players.  Young keeper Matty Hill has done a good job, he could not have done anything about their three goals. We are now looking forward very much to the next round. We know this is a competition we can't win, but we are conscious rewards on offer for teams that win matches. The money can make a big difference to the club."

 

A Keeper Down - 9 June

Mo Nyamunga hellenic leagueGoalkeeper Mo Nyamunga (pictured) has decided to leave Binfield and join Combined Counties League Premier Division side Badshot Lea.

He signed for the Moles from Alton Town last November, but lost his place to Liam Vaughan in February, only to regain it late on when the youngster fractured his wrist.

His last appearance was in the 3-0 defeat by Bracknell in the Reading Senior Cup final. A problem with Nyamunga and Binfield was that he lives in Farnborough and doesn't drive, forcing him to rely on lifts to matches. "With that in mind, it is better for him to move to a club nearer his home and we wish him well," said manager Roger Herridge.

Vaughan is likely to start next season as the first choice, with Herridge commenting: "He impressed when he came into the side. He is young and keen with a lot of potential. I have told Liam he will have the chance to prove himself in pre-season when we will also be looking at another keeper."

Herridge is looking to strengthen his Uhlsport Hellenic League squad and admits to having "lots of irons in the fire."
Despite suffering six defeats to their neighbours last season, Binfield are looking forward to being involved in Bracknell Town's four-team tournament which is to be held over successive weekends - July 8-9 and 15-16.

Windsor were scheduled to compete, but the Hellenic League newcomers have now decided to opt out and their place has been taken by Eversley & California from the Combined Counties League Division 1. Wokingham & Emmbrook complete the quartet of clubs who will be taking part.

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