Binfield FC believeBy Adam Lee
February 17, 2011
Binfield manager Mark Tallentire has suggested that his side have what it takes to win the Hellenic Premier Division, and believes his team will push the leaders all the way during the title run in.
Ardley United, Binfield’s opponents on Saturday at Hill Farm Lane (3pm kick-off) lead the way with Kidlington second.
However, the following five teams, Binfield included all have games in hand on the leaders, and Tallentire believes any one of those can stake a claim for the title as the season enters its final third.
Binfield, who currently lie seventh, could move up to fourth on Saturday if Slimbridge and Highworth draw their game, with Reading Town beating Shortwood, providing the Moles defeat Ardley.
And, following a run of four league and cup wins, Tallentire insists that the belief in the squad is the highest it has been all campaign.
“When I look at the top of the league, any one of seven teams can win it and I firmly believe that we are one of those,” said the Binfield boss.
“But we have to continue to look at ourselves and not worry about anyone else.
“The players are starting to believe that they can achieve something at this club this season.
“The performance level is now the best it has been all season and the results prove that.
“We have shown that when we play properly we can beat any team in this division.
“A lot of the teams are looking over their shoulders at us while a lot of the teams up there haven’t had their ‘blip’ when they’re not so sure of winning games.
“It’s important that we keep our feet on the ground because we let it go to our heads a little bit when we had a good run a few weeks back and we were punished.
“But we have been quite impressive over the last four or five games and now I want that to continue.”
And Binfield, who beat league favourites Wantage Town 3-1 in the Hellenic Floodlit Cup on Monday night, will be looking to make it five wins from five on Saturday.
Ardley, who have one of the best goalscoring records in the league, were taken apart by Bracknell Town last weekend as the Robins ran out easy 4-1 winners.
But Tallentire is expecting a completely different team to turn up in Bracknell again this weekend, and will not be taking the league leaders lightly.
But in Luke Williams, the former Reading FC Academy winger signed from Woodley Town earlier this month, they have one of the division’s in-form players.
And Tallentire is expecting his newly-discovered gem, who has scored three times in four games since signing for Binfield, to go from strength to strength.
“We always have hard games against Ardley,” said Tallentire.
“We know what to expect from them and they’ll be looking to bounce back from last week.
“But we generally don’t disappoint at home, and they’ll have to come here and give it a go.
“Luke has been fantastic, a great signing for us,” added the Binfield boss.
“He’s really enjoying it here and you can tell by the way he’s playing.
“His crossing is great and his goals tally is also impressive for a wide player.
“He’s given everyone a big boost, the lads have really taken to him and long may he continue to play well – he’s got fantastic ability.
“No disprespect to (Hellenic) Division 1 East, but you can imagine a player of Luke’s quality turning up to some games and just going through the motions, but he’s playing against better players now and has more responsibility within the team and he has really taken that on board.
“Playing week in week out against better players will make him better and he’s already gone from strength to strength.”
Scott Williams is out for the rest of the season after breaking his foot playing for the reserves, while JP Jamil (ankle), Jack Tallentire (back) and Ben Edwards (knee) are all touch and go for Saturday.
James Partridge and Tim Walsh, however, will return to the squad.