Binfield FC aim to make club historyBy Adam Lee
December 01, 2011
Binfield midfielder Carl Withers has challenged his team-mates to cement their position as the club’s most successful ever team when they host Flackwell Heath in the FA Vase third round on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
And Withers, who earlier this season played his 300th game for the Hill Farm Lane club, has also sent a rallying cry to win the game in honour of injured full-back James Partridge.
Partridge, nicknamed Pear, suffered a freak knee injury when Binfield met Hellenic Premier Division title-rivals Flackwell in the league back in October.
And although Partridge has since begun his long road to recovery, he is not expected to make a comeback to football for at least two years.
And Withers wants to give his team-mate a welcome boost by making it into the last 32 of the FA Vase – when the draw for the competition is made nationally rather than regionally.
The third round is already the furthest the Moles have ever progressed in the competition, where the final is played at Wembley, after making their first foray into it in the 2008/09 season.
Saturday’s opponents Flackwell lie second in the Hellenic Premier table, but have lost their last two games in all competitions – both to Wokingham & Emmbrook.
And although the Heathens ran out 4-1 winners in their last meeting, Withers is adamant that the result will be different when the sides meet in the cup.
“You can’t take anything from that game,” said the 30-year-old playmaker.
“A lot of it was down to Pear’s injury – people were not psychologically right after that happened and you can’t read too much into the result.
“We still matched them in long periods of that game and if we had taken a few of our chances it would have been a different story.
“On paper 4-1 looks like a bad result, but everyone involved probably realised that the game should have been abandoned.
“We want to go out there and put the record straight, prove we can beat the top teams in our division, and do it for Pear.
“We will have to be on top of our game, though.
“Flackwell are a strong team who like to get the ball down and play. They’re strong across the pitch and have good players in all areas.
“It’s definitely a winnable game for us and if we hit our straps then there is no reason why we can’t beat them.
“Their manager will be wanting a reaction after two defeats and they will be looking to put that right, but this is an FA Vase game and it’s a whole different ball game.
“It’s a one-off game and we have the chance to go the furthest we’ve ever been.
“Potentially it is one of the biggest games in the club’s history and we are all looking forward to it.
“Getting to the last 32 is an incentive in itself because from there you have no idea where you could be in the next round.
“It will be great to pit ourselves against clubs from across the country.
“It’s a financial incentive for the club and every game we win gets us a step closer to Wembley.”
Binfield manager Mark Tallentire has the benefit of being able to pick from a full squad for Saturday’s game, with no new injury concerns.