Full strength Binfield continue FA Vase journey at Long Eaton United




Binfield expect to have a full squad available for their Buildbase FA Vase quarter-final tie at Long Eaton United on Saturday.

The highly-experienced Jack Broome, having completed his three-match ban, and right-back Jack Thompson-Wheeler, who was suspended for the tie at Hadley, are both available, as is Callum Gallimore, who missed out last Saturday for family reasons.

A couple of players are nursing slight knocks but should be fit for this weekend.

Left-back Elliott Legg came off at Hadley with cramp late in the game and was replaced by former Bracknell defender Joe Gater, one of several players who Binfield signed on dual-registration forms before the Vase competition resumed.

LIVE UPDATES: Binfield are one of the clubs taking part in the weekends social media boycott. Live updates from the match will be available instead on the clubs website binfieldfc.com

Binfield FC defender Joe Gater.  Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com
Binfield FC defender Joe Gater. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com

Joint-manager Carl Withers commented: “It looks as if we will have a full squad available. Every player wants to be involved in big games like this.”

In the meantime, Withers has heaped praise on his squad for getting the Moles through to the quarter-finals for the first time in the club’s history.

“We’ve got a special group of lads here; they can always find a way to win games,” he said.

“There is such a great team spirit, they all back each other and they have got their just rewards for themselves and for the club. There is something extra special about this group.

“They deserve what they have achieved in this competition so far and, hopefully, it will continue beyond next Saturday.

“Considering all our ties have been away and with some long journeys, it has been an incredible achievement to reach this far.”

Binfield FC striker Liam Ferdinand. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com
Binfield FC striker Liam Ferdinand. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com

Withers admitted the tie at Hadley was not the greatest of games, but “it was all about winning and our lads can always find a way to win.”

In their previous two ties, the Moles had conceded a goal inside the opening two minutes and they were determined it would not be repeated, and in order to strengthen their attacking options, Liam Ferdinand was given a place in the starting line-up.

“I think it was his first 90 minutes for about four months. He was a little rusty, but you still saw his quality and he is only going to get stronger.”

Like Binfield in the Uhlsport Hellenic League, Long Eaton were unbeaten in Midland League games with seven wins and a draw when the season was stopped by the lockdown, scoring an impressive 31 goals with only four against.

The winners this Saturday will face United Services Portsmouth or Binfield’s league rivals Flackwell Heath in the semi-finals.

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