Herridge: We will try to do Binfield FC a favourBy Adam Lee
February 23, 2011
Wokingham & Emmbrook manager Roger Herridge has promised local rivals Binfield his team will do all they can to help them push for the Hellenic Premier Division title.
Herridge’s men travel to Gloucestershire to face Slimbridge tonight (7.45pm kick-off) in one of their longest away trips of the season.
And although Wokingham are desperate for the points as they look for a strong finish in their first Premier Division season, defeat for Slimbridge would be perfect for Binfield, who sit four places and five points behind them in the table, with games in hand.
But although the two clubs have been fierce local rivals in recent seasons, Herridge is still happy to see his oppsite number at Binfield, Mark Tallentire, enjoy some success.
“Slimbridge are still up there and have a chance of winning the league, but I would love to do Tally (Tallentire) a favour,” said Herridge.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Binfield both as a club and a team.
“I said after they beat us earlier in the season that they would be right up there at the end of the season and I’d be as pleased as anyone to see them push on and challenge for the title.
“It was a shame for them that their game with Ardley was called off on Saturday because I could only see one winner there.
“If I was manager of one of the teams at the top of the league I would be looking over my shoulder at Binfield at the moment.
“And if we can help them out by taking points off the teams around them in the league then we’ll do that.
“We have shown that we are good enough to take points off the top teams on our day.
“Slmbridge are where they are in the league and the table doesn’t lie – they have shown that they can grind out results, often with late goals, so they are a fit side who don’t give up.
“It’s going to be a tough game.”
Herridge’s squad could be boosted by the inclusion of new signings Philip Lucas and Danny McNeil.
Both players were signed on the back of Wokingham’s 4-0 win over REME Arborfield in the Reading Senior Cup earlier this month, when both players impressed the Satsumas boss.
Herridge acted quickly and convinced REME manager Marcus Killick to let the duo sign on dual registrations.
They will therefore be available for Wokingham during a testing run of mid-week games, but will almost certainly return to play for REME in the Reading Football League on Saturdays.
“We are not able to put out as strong a squad as we would like during our midweek games so hopefully I can use these boys to good affect,” said Herridge.
“Unfortunately our squad doesn’t run very deep and when the uni boys aren’t available, if we then lose a couple of players to injuries, we begin to run out of options.
“At the end of the day these boys are in the Army – that is their main commitment – but they will certainly give me something extra in midweek.
“We knew before the cup game that Philip Lucas was a good player and he came with a reputation.
“He’s very good on the ball with an eye for a goal and anyone who’s represented the Army is going to be a half decent player.
“Although Danny is more of a right-back, he played in midfield against us and there were periods when the two of them were running the game together.
“He also has experience at a higher level and both will be in the picture for Slimbridge.”
Herridge also revelaed that he has made a seven-day approach for a player who he hopes will sign on a full-time basis.
It is understood that the player is a striker who can also play on the right wing.
Meanwhile, Tom Williams (foot) and Danny Horscroft (ankle) will both be missing from tonight’s game and will be touch and go to make Saturday’s trip to Oxford City Nomads.
Jack Broome is also suspended.