Sean Moore at the double in FA Vase as Binfield draw Deal




Binfield are to meet Deal Town away for the second successive season in the Buildbase FA Vase with the tie scheduled for Saturday, December 19.

That means another trip down to the coast for the Moles following Newhaven last Saturday when they beat the Sussex side 4-1 on penalties after the second-round tie had ended 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes.

Deal also needed penalties to beat Saltdean last weekend and it was spot-kicks which decided the tie last January.
Binfield drew 1-1 in Kent to force a replay which ended 3-3 at the end of extra-time, only to lose 7-6 on penalties. This season there is no extra time or even replays.

Last Saturday, the first half for the Uhlsport Hellenic League side didn’t quite go as planned with the Moles giving their hosts too much space and they went behind after 14 minutes with Ian Robinson’s volley finding the bottom corner.

Binfield made adjustments to their formation for the second half and it paid rich dividends. Sean Moore equalised in the 53rd minute and 10 minutes later the skipper put his side ahead.

With just under 15 minutes remaining, the hosts sent on substitute Kyle Woolven and he immediately brought the scores level to take the tie to penalties.

In the shoot-out, Ollie Harris, George Short, Tom Willment and Jamie McClurg hit the target for the Moles, whilst seeing their keeper, Chris Grace, pull off two excellent saves to deny the Dockers.

The win was sweet revenge for Roger Herridge, who was the manager last season. He is no longer in charge of course, but he did make a welcome return to the dug-out last Saturday, standing in for coach Geoff Warner, who was resting a back problem.

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Roger Herridge. Photo: Neil Graham.
Back in the dugout! Roger Herridge was standing in for Geoff Warner. Photo: Neil Graham /

Joint manager Carl Withers said: “It was good to see him back and I think he enjoyed it, Roger still has a lot of offer and, with his experience, he sees things that sometimes we don’t see.”

As far as the match is concerned, Withers said: “To use the cliche, it was a game of two halves. We had a game plan, but the first half didn’t quite go as we expected it to, as we were getting a bit overrun in midfield, so we decided to change the system for the second half.

“We started off with 3-4-3, but it didn’t quite work as well as we would have liked as they were putting too much pressure on us and they got a goal. We changed the shape and went 4-3-3 which is how we have been playing for most of the season.

“We started to impose ourselves on them and got ourselves in front. We looked comfortable but they still managed to get the ball into our box and get a second goal.

“When it came to the penalties, the boys held their nerve and the big fella (Chris Grace) made two great saves.”
“It was a tough game and we must give credit to Newhaven, they were a very good side.”

Second-in-the-table Binfield resume their Uhlsport Hellenic League programme against Holmer Green at Hill Farm Lane on Saturday, with an earlier kick-off time of 2pm. They will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to eight games against a side sitting four points behind them in sixth place.

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