Whitty: Defeat gave Binfield FC a wake-up callBy Adam Lee
October 13, 2011
Binfield assistant manager Richard Whitty believes that the defeat suffered by the Moles away at Reading Town last month could be the catalyst for Hellenic Premier Division success this season.
The Moles have enjoyed a six-game unbeaten run since the 3-1 loss at Scours Lane on September 20.
And it seems they have also put right their worrying defensive frailties, having kept clean sheets in the past four games, which they have all won.
And Whitty, who returned to the club in the summer following a year as joint manager at Bracknell Town, is delighted by the response.
“We let oursleves down against Reading Town and we were nowhere near competitive enough,” he said.
“But since then the training has been better and the players are doing exactly what Mark (Tallentire) is asking of them.
“It was a bit of a wake-up call and we probably needed that.
“Every team is finding that out this season – if you take your feet off the gas, then teams will work hard and come back to bite you.
“That has to be the basis for us going forward.
“The way we have been defending recently is one of the most pleasing things.
“We have been working really hard on our defending and stopping crosses into the box and the players have responded really well.
“They’re all working for each other.
“We’ve been solid at the back, competitive in midfield, and the two Davies’ (Ian and Carl) up front are a handful for anyone.
“Because of the creativity we have in the team, as long as we stay tight we can get a result against anyone in this division.”
Binfield’s defensive record, and perhaps more importantly, their unbeaten run, will be put to the test over the next five days as they face two of their toughest away trips of the season.
Saturday’s opponents Thame United have not lost at home in the league since August, and will provide a stern test for Binfield.
The two teams battled out a 1-1 draw at Hill Fram Lane only a couple of weeks ago, and the Moles will be deseparate to make amends for a game they saw as two points dropped.
However, Tuesday night’s visit to league leaders Flackwell Heath promises to be an early season promotion showdown and victory there will be a massive confidence boost in the run up to Christmas.
And, should Binfield be in the promotion picture by the new year, then Whitty believes the sky is the limit for the club.
“Thame is always a tough game, but we’re looking forward to it,” he said.
“Flackwell is a massive game as they’re going so well at the moment, but the way we have been defending means that we have a chance – we have to make it hard for teams to score against us.
“As long as we are up there and in touch around Christmas time then we can go on and do well.
“The players want promotion and we are giving ourselves every possible chance of doing that.
“We have got a good squad and we all believe that every player here can be competitive at the next level.”
The only injury doubt ahead of this weekend’s game is with top scorer Ian Davies, who was taken off during Monday’s 2-0 win over Witney United with a slight hamstring strain.