Binfield FC 3 Flackwell Heath FC 1
December 05, 2011
Binfield put their name in the hat for the fourth round of the FA Vase with a well-deserved win over Hellenic Premier Division rivals Flackwell.
Despite a relatively poor run of form of late, Binfield completly outplayed their Buckinghamshire opponents, who themselves have struggled in recent games.
The Moles’ win was also revenge for a 4-1 defeat at Flackwell earlier in the season, a game that was marred by the freak knee injury sustained by Binfield full-back James Partridge.
The Moles came out eager to make an early impact, and had some great chances as Danny Wing and Ian Davies both went close.
Binfield, however, found goalkeeper Luke Blackmore in outstanding form as he denied Jonnnie Dyer, signed a day before from Fleet Town, while Davies saw his dipping shot tipped over.
Flackwell looked a far cry from the team that stormed to the top of the Hellenic Premier at the start of the season, but they still looked dangerous on the break.
But Binfield made a deserved breakthrough on 41 minutes when James Suarez curled a 20-yard free-kick with pace around the Flackwell wall, leaving Blackmore no chance, to put his side 1-0 ahead.
The lead was shortlived however, as Flackwell produced an immediate response.
They were seething with referee Kevin Howick after Lee Thompson was brought down in the box by Jack Tallentire, with the referee deeming that the Binfield left-back took the ball, and awarded a corner.
However, from a free-kick moments later, Paul Mortimer was adjudged to have handled in the area, and the referee this time pointed to the spot, allowing Danny Jordan to level at half-time.
The second half followed a similar pattern, with Binfield again on top, only this time failing to create so many clear-cut chances.
Indeed, the sides had to wait until 18 minutes from time before a real opportunity, as Carl Withers’ corner was headed goalwards by Gary Callaway and Ian Davies was lurking in the six yard box to add the finishing touch and make it 2-1.
Five minutes later Dyer marked his return to Hill Farm Lane by scoring from a similar area, this time standing in front of Blackmore to flick Withers’ looped delivery into the goal.
It was a well-deserved win for Binfield who now progress into the last 32 and face the prospect of a match anywhere in the country as the draw goes national.
Binfield: Weait, Mortimer, Tallentire, Callaway, Shone (Millward 85), Withers, Dyer, Suarez, I Davies, C Davies, Wing. Subs not used; Whitty, Jamil, Hancock, Nebbett