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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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