League is top priority now for Binfield FCBy Adam Lee
December 08, 2011
Binfield manager Mark Tallentire will this week tell his players to put thoughts of their FA Vase heroics on the backburner to concentrate on the league.
The Moles were outstanding as they dispatched Hellenic Premier Division rivals Flackwell Heath 3-1 in the third round of the vase on Saturday.
Goals from James Suarez, Ian Davies and Johnnie Dyer booked a fourth-round tie at Midland Alliance Premier Division side Tividale on January 21.
A win there will see the Moles into the last 16 of the national competition, where the final is played at Wembley.
But rather than allowing his players to get carried away with the excitement of making club history, Tallentire insists it is now back to their bread and butter of the Hellenic League.
Binfield lie fifth in the table, six points behind Shortwood.
And Tallentire believes the next two games, at home to leaders Ardley United on Saturday (3pm kick-off) and at home to second-placed Oxford City Nomads on Monday (7.45pm), could have a huge bearing on the rest of their season.
“We had a really good week to prepare for Saturday’s game and that allowed the boys to regain their focus and it was really good performance,” he said.
“We haven’t played like that for a long time.
“We won the midfield battle, which was key, and that laid the foundations for us to go on and win.
“I was a bit choked to go in at 1-1 at half-time because it could have been 4-1, but we just had to carry on how we were playing in the second half, which we did.
“But we now have to put the FA Vase on the backburner – the next round isn’t until Januray 21 and there’s nothing more we can do about it until then.
“If we are going to achieve what we want to achieve this season then these next few games are absolutely pivotal in getting us into the top five.
“These are the games that we have to win if we want to compete at the top.”
However, Tallentire insists that maximum points from these crucial games is not make or break for Binfield’s season.
“The teams that lead this league for long periods generally don’t win it,” added the Binfield boss.
“It’s generally the teams that come from behind and put a run together at the end.
“History tells us that the title is decided in the run-in and goes to the team that builds momentum and we are a team that does that.
“We have to turn a corner in the league now and try to put a run togther that will really show our true title credentials.”
The Binfield manager included new signing Dyer in his squad for the visit of Flackwell and he repaid when the striker, operating on the right wing, headed in the third goal.
Dyer is well known to Tallentire from their time together at Bracknell Town under Alan Taylor.
Dyer, who was originally brought in on a short term basis as cover, could be persuaded to make his move more permanent.
And he is one of three ex-Robins who have signed at Hill Farm Lane this week, as right-winger Stuart Tanfield and left-back Jamie Clarke have also joined the club.
Dyer and Tanfield are expected to start when Ardley visit Hill Farm Lane on Saturday as striker Carl Davies is suspended and midfielders Danny Wing and Carl Withers are unavailable.