Henley Town FC 0 Binfield FC 1
April 16, 2012
In between two Binfield cup finals, this was always likely to be a match played with slightly less intensity.
But following their 2-0 win over Shortwood in the Hellenic Floodlit Cup on Thursday night, Binfield wanted to maintain some momentum going into Tuesday's county cup final.
The Moles did give further starts to young stars Jake Butler and Jordan Rowland, while Carl Davies was rested and Danny Wing and James Suarez started on the bench in the Hellenic Premier Division encounter.
Henley seemed to set their stall out to prevent the Moles from scoring, and only a combination of slightly generous finishing, a difficult pitch and some good goalkeeping kept the Moles out for the most part.
Ian Davies started up front with Garry Sargeant and both had early sights of goal – Sargeant's clever backheel and Davies' volley both failed to threaten the target.
Henley keeper Shaun Coker then saved low to his right from a Carl Withers free-kick and it seemed only a matter of time until the Moles scored.
However, the chances began to dry up and the half ended goalless, with Binfield's best opportunity coming right on half-time when Ian Davies was thwarted by a timely block.
Sargeant had two great chances to add to the score soon after the break, the best palmed brilliantly over the bar by Coker from a point-blank header.
A scuffed effort from Tranell Richardson was Henley's best attempt on goal and the final half hour of the match was played almost entireley in the Henley half.
Jos Millar had a couple of chances, before Butler won a slightly fortunate penalty when he was sent tumbling by an outstretched leg.
But when the usually reliable Callum Whitty pulled his spot kick wide, it seemed that the Moles may have lost their best chance to score.
Whitty and Tanfield then went close before sub James Suarez received a nasty gash from a Richardson tackle, ending his evening prematurely although he should be fit for Tuesday's final.
With Richardson shown two yellows for the challenge and comments made in the aftermath, Binfield sensed a winner.
And in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Danny Wing twisted and turned in the box and played in Jos Millar to fire across Coker and give the Moles three hard-earned points.
With two league matches left for the Moles, at Wantage Town next Thursday and Highworth Town on Saturday, they could finish anywhere between fourth and eighth.
But before those matches, a date with Abingdon Town on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off) at Beaconsfield SYCOB's ground awaits, with the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy the prize.
Binfield: Weait, Whitty, Rowland, Callaway (capt), Shone (Mortimer 74), Withers, Millar, Butler (Suarez 84, (Wing 89)), I Davies, Sargeant, Tanfield. Sub not used; Pennicott-Bowen