Binfield FC 0 Highworth Town FC 6
May 09, 2012
Binfield failed to make it three cup wins out of three as they fell to a heavy defeat, despite a never-say-die performance, in the final of the Hellenic Challenge Cup at Faraday Road, Newbury, on Monday.
A skillful and pacey Highworth team kept Binfield on the back foot for long periods, but when Johnnie Dyer was sent off for unforgivably lashing out mid-way through the first half with the Moles already a goal down, their task was made almost impossible.
It was the worst of starts for Binfield as Dan Weait, who had been named the club’s player-of-the season at their awards ceremony on Friday, lost his footing and allowed Matt Bennett to score into an empty net after eight minutes.
And before they could really find a way back into the game, things went from bad to worse as Dyer was shown his marching orders as he tangled with Craig Curtis.
Highworth then enjoyed a period of intense dominance and Weait twice had to be alert as the Worthians pressed.
But to their credit, Binfield rode the storm, remained resolute and began to claw their way back into the game.
Highworth though, rarely looked in danger of relinquishing their lead as they used their man advantage smartly.
It was after a good spell of Binfield pressure that Highworth doubled their advantage as Gary Callaway misjudged a rather hopeful ball into the box and although Weait saved the unital effort from Tony Joyce, the same player followed up to score.
The introduction of Carl Davies early in the second half did give Binfield extra impetus in attack, but despite carving out a couple of good openings, the score remianed the same.
And as the clock ticked away with still no goals, Highworth always threatened to grab a third.
And they did just that with 20 minutes to go as Josh Parsons finished off a good move down the left.
Binfield threw caution to the wind as they looked to earn a lifeline and it was little surprise when they were left exposed, allowing Parsons to break through and square for Matt Horsell to finish.
There was more heartache to come as Dave Fenton gave away a penalty, and although the initial penalty was saved well by Weait, Steve Yeardley scored from the rebound.
But still it got worse for the Moles when a speculative shot took a wicked deflection off sub Steve Nebbett, looped over Weait and in for six.
It was a disappointing end to the season for Binfield, but when the campaign is put in perspective, there is little doubt that it has been the most succesful in the club's 120-year history, and with the rich talent emerging from the club’s youth system, the future looks even brighter at Hill Farm Lane.