Ascot United 0 Binfield 1By Adam Lee
December 11, 2008
Ascot United boss Stuart Scammell could not hide his disappointment after his side crashed out of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup thanks to a goal in the dying stages of the game.
Scammell’s Yellamen sit top of Hellenic Division 1 East, but he was desperate to see his side move into the last 16 of the county cup at the expense of league rivals Binfield.
However, in what was an altogether dour encounter, sub Ben Lydon’s last-minute header saw the visitors through.
“The players are very disappointed,” said Scammell.
“It was a tight game and there weren’t too many chances for each team and I’m bitterly disappointed to lose it with one of the last kicks of the game.
“We’re hurting, but in the cold light of day I’m sure we’ll take another view of it.
“A spot in the last 16 was at stake and everybody’s down about that – we’re very disheartened.
“Now we regroup and move on. It wasn’t a league fixture so there’s no points at stake, just maybe a bit of pride and our pride’s dented a little bit now.
“These things are a dent, but you move on and I’m more than confident they’ll bounce back.”
The local derby, the first meeting between the sides this season, promised to be a highly-charged affair, and the season’s-best crowd that assembled at the Racecourse Ground were certainly expecting fireworks.
However, those hopes were soon extinguished as the reality of the game was much different, with both sides cancelling each other out.
Binfield had the better of the game in the first half, without creating any real clear-cut chances.
Dave Fenton’s early shot from 20 yards, and a cross-come-shot from Justin McClurg which just evaded Garry Sargeant at the near post, was the best they could muster.
After the break, it was Ascot that pushed harder, but again, without really threatening.
Richard Mills’ tame shot from the edge of the area on 86 minutes was spilled by Binfield keeper Chris Adams, but Jon Bennett failed to react quick enough to pounce on the loose ball.
Binfield, however, went straight up the other end and finished the tie off as Danny Wing produced a marvellous cross deep on the left and Lydon dived to head into the top corner to send his side through to the fourth round.
Binfield manager Steve McClurg was especially pleased with the way that centre halves Callum Whitty and Ryan Millward dealt with the threat of Ascot’s prolific marksman Bennett.
He did, however, admit that the result has no bearing on how each side will perform in the league for the rest of the season.
“There weren’t a lot of shots on goal for either side,” admitted McClurg.
“But we snuffed Bennett out and although I’d say I was a little bit disappointed at times, we played well and were the better side.
“He’s not their only player and although they might have had a few injuries today, we played well and deserved to win the game.
“The result doesn’t mean anything for the league. This was just another game for us and next week we’ve got another game – they’re all the same.”
— In Hellenic Division 1 East, Wokingham & Emmbrook lost out on the chance to leapfrog Ascot at the top of the table.
The Cantley Park side were left frustrated as they drew 0-0 at home to 14th-placed Englefield Green Rovers.