Tallentire: We can’t afford to drop any pointsBy Adam Lee
April 14, 2011
Only four wins from four will do if Binfield are to win the Hellenic Premier Division title.
That is the verdict of boss Mark Tallentire after his side lost ground on the leaders at the weekend.
Binfield dropped two points as they were held 2-2 by a dogged Oxford City Nomads side on Saturday, although the Moles recovered with a convincing 5-0 win over Old Woodstock Town at Hill Farm Lane on Monday night.
In what has been a rollercoaster few weeks at the top of the table, Binfield have gone from one of the main title contenders to relying on four other teams to drop points if they are to finish top.
It is now a massive ask for the Moles, although of all the teams it is they who have the more favourable run in, and boss Tallentire insists they can’t afford to drop a single point in any of them.
“We’re not out of it by any means,” he said.
“We dropped a couple of points on Saturday, but it’s going to be swings and roundabouts right up until the end.
“Realistically yes (we have to win every game).
“Unfortunately there’s no room for error now.
“Although I’m being upbeat and taking a positive attitiude, if we are going to be sniffing about at the end of the season for the title then we really should have won on Saturday and now we’ll need to win all our other games.
“We’ve got to be confident we can win them now – three of them are at home.
“We’ve just got to keep trying our best to win the games and see how it goes.”
Binfield face Kidlington in the semi-final of the Hellenic Supplementary Cup tonight at Hill Farm Lane (7.45pm kick-off), but Tallentire is expected to field a much-changed side from the one that beat Old Woodstock on Monday.
Tallentire faces a few injury worries ahead of Saturday’s league game away at Witney United, with captain and central defender Gary Callaway struggling with a foot injury, while first-choice central midfielders James Suarez and Carl Withers are both doubts with groin strains.
One positive for Tallentire, however, will be the return of striker Carl Davies following suspension.
However, following Garry Sargeant’s brace on Monday night, Tallentire will be hard pushed to leave the former Bracknell Town man out at Witney.