Binfield FC ready for the next level, says coachBy Adam Lee
September 15, 2011
Binfield coach Keith Pennicott-Bowen has challenged the club’s players to build on their impressive start to the Hellenic Premier Division season and go one step better than last year.
The Moles narrowly missed out on top spot in the division last term, but wouldn’t have earned promotion to the Southern League because of the ground regulations.
However, with the club working hard off the field to meet the requirements, the pressure is on for the team to emulate the success of last season.
Binfield have lost just once in six league games so far, although they dropped two vital points during Monday night’s 2-2 with Holyport.
But with every other team in the division also dropping points, Binfield haven’t really lost any ground on their promotion rivals.
The Moles also showed that they have the ability to compete at the level above after an impressive performance against Slough Town in the FA Cup two weeks ago.
And Pennicott-Bowen wants to see his players continue their good start, starting this Saturday away at newly-promoted Cheltenham Saracens, one of Binfield’s longest road trips in the league.
“We’ve got ambitions this season and we need to finish in the top two again,” he said.
“We want to go to the next level and we’re geared up for the next level on and off the pitch.
“The pressure is on myself, Mark (Tallentire, manager), the chairman and the players, but we have put that pressure on ourselves.
“We now have to soak that pressure up and come up with the results.
“We learned a lot against Slough.
“They looked a step above us in the first 15 minutes but we grew into the game and for 35 or 40 minutes either side of half-time we took the game to them and posed them a few questions and could have gone ahead.”
Two days before the Holyport draw, Binfield comfortably saw off a spirited Bracknell side 4-1 at Larges Lane.
As impressive as Binfield were going forward, Bracknell were equally poor at the back and it was little surprsie that the Moles led 4-0 at the break thanks to goals from James Suarez (2), Ian Davies and Carl Withers.
However, the game could have been very different had Bracknell’s Tom Nugent and Ben Knight both taken gilt-edged chances in the first period.
And after a hard-working second-half display, the Robins scored the goal they deserved as Knight cut in from the left to score with 15 minutes to go.
And Moles boss Tallentire admitted the scoreline was a fair reflection after his side’s first-half display.
“It was game of two halves,” he said.
“The first half we dominated and were rightly four up, scoring some quality goals as well. In the second half it was hard for us to keep it going, especially when you are sitting there at half-time and the players know the points are in the bag.
“Bracknell didn’t come to terms with our extra man in midield in the first half and that was a telling factor in us getting the four-goal lead. In the second half we dwelt on the ball too much and that allowed Bracknell to get their foot in and win possession in key areas.
“It was 10 out of 10 for Bracknell, though, they kept going for their managers and with the players they’ve got to come back, hopefully they’ll start winning a few more games soon.”