Binfield are through to the third round of the Buildbase FA Vase following their 3-1 win over Redhill on Saturday. The form book suggested it was a home banker, and it looked that way when Sean Moore and an own goal put them 2-0 ahead with less than 20 minutes played.
But for the rest of the game, the uhlsport Hellenic League high fliers found it particularly hard going with Redhill's performance belying their second-bottom position in the Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League even when they were reduced to 10 men in the second half.
The Lobsters deservedly halved their deficit with the best strike of the game, only for Moore to restore the two-goal advantage with his second penalty of the afternoon. The striker had also been involved in the opening goal in the fourth minute, with his right-wing cross being turned into his own net by Redhill defender Nehemiah Adams.
Two minutes earlier, Jemel Johnson had struck the foot of the post as the Moles carried on where they had left off in their 5-0 win at Windsor last Tuesday. And when Johnson was pulled back in the 19th minute, Moore made no mistake from the penalty spot.
If Binfield thought they could know move into cruise gear, they were soon made to think again, with Morgan Jenden blasting home a left-footed shot from close to 30 yards into the top right corner. The goal galvanised Redhill and they enjoyed a good spell until half-time which they carried into the second half.
They nearly equalised through Gary Abisogun, his shot being superbly palmed over the bar by keeper Joe Williams, and again when Sam King hit the post. Binfield were living dangerously and they were probably relieved to see Redhill reduced to 10 men in the 67th minute following a challenge on Calam Gallimore.
Five minutes later, it was Josh Helmore's turn to be brought down, and Moore sent keeper Craig Bradshaw the wrong way from the penalty spot. The goal took some of the wind out of the Redhill sails, but they kept going right to the end despite being reduced to nine men for 10 minutes with Abisogun sent to the sin-bin and it needed a combination of Williams and Idris Kamara to deny them a second goal.
Binfield have been drawn at home to AFC Uckfield Town in the third round of the Vase. Game to be played 30 November.