Abingdon Town FC 0 Binfield FC 1
September 05, 2012
Binfield needed a goal five minutes into stoppage time to see off struggling Abingdon on Tuesday night.
Time and again the Moles were denied by a stunning display from home goalkeeper Robert Hamling, before a Carl Davies goal five minutes into stoppage time broke their resistance.
Mark Tallentire made no changes to the side which beat Flackwell Heath at the weekend, with club captain Gary Callaway having to settle for a place on the bench again.
Although the Moles dominated, clear chances were at a premium in a dull first half, although it was the hosts who probably had the better of them, hitting the firing over following swift breaks.
But right on half-time, the tall Hamling denied both James Suarez and Davies with decent stops as Binfield started to find their passes.
The second period saw almost complete Binfield dominance, with only a rare breakaway for Town to relieve the pressure.
Hamling again denied Suarez numerous times, as well as Jos Millar, Garry Sargeant and Ryan Millward, with his best saves coming from Paul Shone's point-blank header and Carl Withers' 20-yard screamer that seemed destined for the top corner.
Binfield, though, eventually got what they deserved deep into stoppage time as Davies squeezed home a low shot from the edge of the six yard box.
The win sees the Moles climb into the top half, and they will be looking for a third win in succession when they visit Kidlington on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Binfield: Weait, Sturgess, Wing (Whitty 90+4), Millward, Shone (capt), Withers, Havermans (Woodward 80), Suarez, Davies, Johnson, Millar (Sargeant 60), Subs not used; Callaway, Wanklyn.
— Ascot United's third trip to Bishops Cleeve in 10 days ended in heartbreak on Tuesday night as their FA Cup dream came to an end at the preliminary round stage.
Having seen the original tie postponed afetr 88 minutes with the score locked at 2-2, the second attempt to play the game last week never got underway due to a waterlogged pitch.
And when the game was finally played, Ascot fell to a 2-1 defeat.
A goal after just two minutes knocked the stuffing out of Jeff Lamb’s men, before a second Bishops Cleeve goal late on effectively sealed the tie.
A goal from Luke Wilson deep into stoppage time was little consolation for Ascot.
Bishop’s Cleeve will now host Bracknell Town in the first qualifying round on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Ascot, meanwhile, are at Witney Town on Friday night (7.45pm) in the Hellenic Premier Division.
A Matt Jones brace, coupled with strikes from Elliot Rushforth and Luke Lee, saw Wokingham & Emmbrook climb up to fourth in the table courtesy of a convincing 4-1 win at struggling Reading Town.
Wokingham never hit top form against a young Town side, but took their chances well as they secured their third successive win.
In the Hellenic Premier Division on Saturday, Binfield are away at Kidlington on Saturday and Wokingham & Emmbrook are at Slimbridge, while in the Combined Counties Premier Division, Sandhurst Town host Wembley (all 3pm).