Binfield FC 0 Ringmer FC 0 (aet, Binfield win 5-4 on penalties)By Colin Byers
November 22, 2011
Binfield squeezed through to the third round of the FA Vase on Monday night, beating Sussex League side Ringmer on penalties.
The Moles Binfield earned the replay after a 2-2 draw away on Saturday, with Ian Davies and Gary Callaway netting, and they made hard work of their opponents at Hill Farm Lane.
In fact, Binfield were indebted to man-of-the-match Dan Weait as he produced an outstanding display in goal.
He saved a first-half penalty and made a string of top-drawer saves to keep a cleansheet and take the match to a shoot-out.
Carl Davies, Danny Wing, Carl Withers, Callum Whitty and Ryan Millward all tucked away their spot kicks, as did Mark Price, Ryan MacMillan, Marc Whiteman and Aaron Phillips for Ringmer.
However, Glen Mattern, taking Ringmer’s fifth penalty, hit Weait’s right-hand post, sending Binfield through.
Ringmer enjoyed Binfield’s excellent playing surface and passed the ball around well throughout the 90 minutes.
Binfield, on the other hand, would have expected a more fluent performance, and the Moles were a little off colour as passes went astray all too frequently.
Their best chance of the opening period came on the half hour mark, when an Ian Davies drive from the edge of the area flew just wide.
By then, the Moles were already grateful to Weait for keeping them on terms, having saved Whiteman’s 18th minute penalty low to his right after Callaway was somewhat harshly judged to have fouled Whiteman.
Weait went on to deny Mattern and Kieran Patel before half-time, while for Binfield, Carl Davies and Danny Wing both saw chances go begging.
The Moles keeper was called into action twice within the first three minutes of the restart to deny Jayson Sowter, before again foiling Whiteman.
The Moles also improved too, and Ringmer keeper Tom Rand had to be alert to save at the feet of Carl Davies.
Binfield, though, simply did not create enough clear-cut opportunities, while Ringmer remained dangerous and broke with pace into the Binfield half at every opportunity.
But with neither side able to find a goal, the match went into extra time.
The only talking point, however, came with five minutes to go when Clive Snell’s foul on Callum Whitty, born more from fatigue than malice, was punished with a straight red card.
The rest is hostory, and Mattern’s shoot-out miss sparked great celebrations from the Binfield players as they booked a home tie with Hellenic Premier Division rivals Flackwell Heath on Saturday December 3.
Binfield: Weait, Shone (Mortimer 60), Jamil (Jeffrey 90), Callaway, Millward, Withers, Whitty, Suarez, I Davies, C Davies, Wing. Subs not used; Butler, Hancock, Vaughan