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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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