Abingdon Town FC 1 Binfield FC 1 (aet, Binfield win 9-8 on penalties)By Adam Lee
April 19, 2012
Binfield secured their second cup win in five days in nail biting fashion, eventually winning the Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy 9-8 on penalties.
After the first 17 penalties in the shoot-out had been successful, goalkeeper Dan Weait was the hero of the hour as he saved the crucial spot kick.
The win comes after Binfield secured the AM Print & Copy Hellenic Floodlit Cup last Thursday, and in what is now an unprecedented season of success for Binfield, they face the semi-final of the Hellenic Challenge Cup with the possibility of yet another final appearance in May.
Boss Mark Tallentire was forced to make a few changes from the Floodlit Cup final, but it wasn’t long before Binfield were on top as Carl Withers dominated the midfield.
It was his ambitious volley from 25 yards that proved to be Moles’ best chance of the opening stages of the game.
However, Binfield could have easily gone behind on 25 minutes as Mark Janes fired wide when well placed.
But after that Binfield were the better side for the rest of the half as Ian and Carl Davies, Dave Fenton and Stuart Tanfield threatened the Abingdon goal.
At the other end, the Moles needed to be alert to Town’s pace and threat on the break, but their best chance up to half-time was a Jamie Mundy shot straight at Weait.
Continuing to control the game after the break, the Moles took the lead with their best move of the match on 52 minutes.
Working the ball from left to right, Danny Wing and Carl Davies worked an opening for Ian Davies, and although the striker still had a lot to do, he found the far corner to give Gareth Walker in the Abingdon goal no chance.
But Town came back stongly from going behind and had two good chances to score as Odhiambo twice went close.
With Town starting to press forward for the equaliser, the Moles began to find gaps at the back and both sides were creating good openings.
Abingdon’s Julian McCalmon’s night then ended prematurely after he was spotted stamping on Wing just outside the Abingdon penalty area and was shown a straight red card.
Undeterred, Town continued to throw everything forward and two minutes into injury-time, they finally had their reward as Janes pounced at a corner to score and send the game into extra-time.
The extra 30 minutes were tight, with few chances at either end.
Indeed it was Abingdon, making light of being a man down, who had the best opportunity to win it, but Odhiambo screwed his shot from a rebound high and wide.
And so the winners had to be decided by penalties and with Weait in goal, Binfield knew they had a great chance.
Ian Davies, Jake Butler, Withers, Callum Whitty and Weait himself all scored from the first five penalties, but so did Abingdon and the shoot-out went into sudden death.
Paul Shone, Carl Davies and Garry Callaway’s penalties were all matched by Abingdon, but when Dave Fenton slotted home Binfield’s ninth, Weait got down to his left to push aside Paul Alder’s penalty and send the Moles celebrations into full flow.
Binfield: Weait, Whitty, Fenton, Callaway (capt), Shone, Withers, Wing (Butler 119), Suarez, I Davies, C Davies, Tanfield (Nebbett 97), Subs not used; Hancock, Rowland