Binfield FC 3 Hillingdon Borough FC 2By Colin Byers
October 04, 2010
Binfield manager Mark Tallentire was expecting a high-scoring game between two attacking sides in the FA Vase first round on Saturday, and so it proved as both teams shone in attack, but proved less convincing in defence.
With only Ryan Millward (hamstring) out, and Dave Fenton, Carl Withers and Ian Davies returning to the side, Binfield fielded a strong team which started brightly, opening the scoring after six minutes as James Suarez side-footed home from 10 yards.
Hillingdon, though, looked dangerous and got themselves into some very good positions, although Binfield were equally threatening down the wings.
The visitors breathed a huge sigh of relief on 28 minutes when last defender Gianni Marcotta pulled down Davies, but was only shown a yellow card.
But two minutes later Binfield went 2-0 up when Danny Wing released Davies and he curled an exquisite left-foot shot round the advancing Hillingdon keeper Aaron Bufton.
Davies and striker partner Carl Davies both had chances to make it 3-0 before the break, but the score remained the same at half-time.
Hillingdon saw more of the ball early in the second half, but Garry Callaway and Steve Nebbett in defence dealt with the threat.
Hillingdon were creating chances and had a couple of goalmouth scrambles that were cleared away.
When Ian Davies was again brought down on the edge of the area after 60 minutes, the referee this time did brandish a red card with Peter Lyall the guilty party.
The game now looked comfortable for Binfield, and when Carl Davies squared for Ian Davies to tap home his second with 18 minutes left, it looked like game over.
However, Hillingdon found another gear and made the home side look like the team with 10 men.
After several good chances, they finally got the goal their play deserved through Ethan Hughes.
Spurred on by their goal and by some wasteful finishing from Binfield, Hillingdon pressed forward and Hughes again found himself free eight yards out and deftly tucked the ball under Chris Adams to give his side hope of an unlikely draw and the Moles an uncomfortable last five minutes.
But although they pressed, Hillingdon couldn’t make another clear chance and Binfield saw out the win in a thoroughly entertaining game.