Ardley United FC 1 Binfield FC 1By Colin Byers
October 28, 2010
Binfield stood toe to toe with Hellenic Premier Division leaders Ardley United on Tuesday night in their most difficult away game this season.
And Mark Tallentire’s men left Oxfordshire with a very good point.
However, for the fifth away game running, Binfield took the lead only to be pegged back and denied all three points.
The Moles welcomed Dave Fenton back to the left side of defence and he enjoyed an excellent game alongside Gary Callaway, Paul Shone and James Partridge as they kept the division’s second highest scorers under wraps for most of the match.
Just 10 minutes into the game, Binfield lost Jack Tallentire with an abductor strain, but he was replaced by Scott Williams, who went on to put in a great shift on the left wing.
And boss Tallentire was delighted with Williams’ contribution.
“Scotty had a brilliant game, coming off the bench early on and he was probably our best player on the night.”
Ardley started the brighter on a greasy surface with Lewis Travers looking lively on the left.
However, the best chance of the half fell to Ian Davies after a fine save by keeper Fox from a Carl Withers drive.
Binfield started the second half on top and were rewarded in the 52nd minute when Davies was sent crashing in the area for a penalty that Carl Davies converted, sending the keeper Fox the wrong way.
The Moles had a great chance to take a 2-0 lead when Partridge and Tim Walsh worked the ball well down the right, but when Partridge had a great chance to square for Ian Davies for a simple tap in, he opted to shoot, but saw his effort saved by Fox.
This sparked Ardley to life and Binfield defended resolutely until Murray Nichols swivelled on the line to finish with Binfield appealing for offside.
Ardley were in the ascendancy and were awarded a penalty 10 minutes from time. But Chris Adams (pictured right) earned his side a point, saving well with his legs.
After the game Tallentire said: “I was fairly happy with the result.
“They are a decent side, so taking a point away from here is good.
“Dave Fenton helped us a lot at the back – in fact the whole defence had good games.
“The sides cancelled each other out in the first half, we upped it a bit at the start of the second and deserved our lead.
“But we got pushed back as it went on and I was pleased to see the lads withstand the pressure.
“Chris Adams made a good save from their penalty that would have won them the match, so a point is a good result for us.”