Binfield FC boss eager to test the FA Vase bestBy Adam Lee
November 17, 2011
Mark Tallentire is desperate to test his Binfield side against the top clubs in the country at their level by progressing as far as possible in the FA Vase.
The Moles travel to the East Sussex village of Ringmer on Saturday to play their second round tie in the competition (3pm kick-off).
At this stage of the competition, the draw is still geographical, but after the third round, the draw becomes national.
And Tallentire, as well as being eager to bring some welcome prize money into the club, is desperate to see how his team measures up against the best level nine clubs in England.
“We are looking forward to it because it’s an exciting opportunity for us and is a cup where we can really have a good run and progress,” he said.
“We’ve been in the vase for three years now and it’s about time we found our feet in it and had a good run.
“I can’t stand talking about if we are going to win this competiton or that competiton.
“You don’t have top be the best team to win a cup, and really the league is the one for us because it’s about consistency over a lot of games.
“But at the same time, when I was manager at Bracknell, who would have thought we would get to the first round proper of the FA Cup, so it’s very much in the lap of the gods and dependant on the draws you get.
“It would be brilliant to test ourselves against teams from this level in other parts of the country.
“We have got a strong squad, we want to have a good run in this cup and we see ourselves as good enough to do that.
“Also, when you look at the prize money we have accrued from all the cups in the past couple of years it really starts to add up.
“If we can get three or four rounds into this competition it could make a difference and we’re really hoping to exploit the financial rewards that the vase has to offer.”
Ringmer, who play in the Sussex County Football League Division 1, the same level on the FA pyramid as Binfield, have had a mixed start to the season.
They find themselves the wrong side of mid-table in the division and have recently replaced their manager.
In contrast, Binfield have enjoyed a fine start to the season.
They are, however, going into Saturday’s game on the back of only their second league defeat of the campaign, a 3-2 loss at home to Abingdon Town.
But Tallentire is confident that his side will bounce back from that result and win through to the next round.
“We’re going to Ringmer to get a result or at the very least bring them back to our place for a replay on Monday,” said Tallentire.
“I went to watch them play Worthing last week – they play a lot of football and like to pass it around.
“They’re going to ask us a few questions, but we are certainly capable of asking a few questions of them too.
“We’ve looked at the shape Ringmer play and talked about areas where we will need to tighten up and we will go into the game invigorated by the free week we have had.
“Saturday was only our second defeat at home in nine months.
“We are consistent and we are always particulalry good at bouncing back from defeats – we very rarely lose two games on the trot.”
Tallentire has a couple of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s game, with Steve Nebbett (hamstring) the only player definitely ruled out.
Defenders Ryan Millward (foot) and JP Jamil (back) are expected to make the squad despite carrying knocks.
Meanwhile, Tallentire revealed that he has lost one of his summer signings and has resigned himself to losing another.
Right-back Dan Jewell, who signed from Woodley Town in pre-season, has left Hill Farm Lane and made his loan move to Sandhurst Town permanant.
Tallentire is also expecting midfielder Nicky Bateman to return to former club Wokingham & Emmbrook after failing to hold down a regular starting place in the centre of the Moles midfield.