Centurion Davies sets sights on next Binfield FC 100By Adam Lee
April 05, 2012
BINFIELD striker Ian Davies scored his 100th goal in 110 Binfield games in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Flackwell Heath.
And the 27-year-old was quick to dismiss any hopes rival Hellenic Premier Division club’s may have that his goalscoring exploits will see him move on to a higher division, by claiming ‘I’m going nowhere.’
Davies’ remarkable record has been achieved in just two and a half seasons at Hill Farm Lane.
But in that time, the club has failed to pick up any silverware, and Davies is looking to put that right by firing the Moles to glory in the three cup competitions they remain in.
“We’re in two finals and a semi-final and we’re all concentrating on that at the moment,” said Davies, who has recently established his own business as a biomechanics coach, called Injury Clinic Berkshire.
“We have got a lot of youngsters in the squad now and they will be important for next season so we have to try and give them some minutes in these cup games.
“I’m happy and enjoying my football at Binfield because I've been at clubs before where that hasn’t been the case.
“My game has improved lots here - my finishing and hold up play have both got better.
“Because of my business commitments I’ve told Tally (Binfield manager Mark Tallentire) that I will have to wait and see how much I can play next season, but I’ll hope to play more games than I miss.
“I’m certainly not going anywhere, though.”
Davies guided home his century goal 25 minutes into Saturday’s game, and he knew immediately he had passed the milestone.
However, the former Forest pupil, who lives in Winnersh admits this isn’t even his most prolific spell in front of goal.
He has scored at every club he’s played at, including a particularly succesful spell at Thatcham Town, but Davies has also led the line for for Lymington, Fleet, Andover and Winchester City. But it was with Whitchurch in Wessex Division 1 where he proved most deadly, netting 50 in just 35 games.
He moved to Binfield in early 2010, scoring 21 goals in the final 21 games of the season, before netting 40 in his first full season.
He now stands on 39 for the current campaign, but with a possible 10 competitive games still to play this season, it seems certain that Davies will smash last year’s tally.
And he will be hoping to recreate his best Binfield goal of all, a screamer against Wokingham & Emmbrook in September 2010, when the sides go head to head at Larges Lane on Monday (3pm kick-off).
Binfield, though, visit struggling Kidlington on Saturday (3pm) hoping to put aside Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at champions-elect Oxford City Nomads.
“I always try and score more each year. It’s the way I am I always feel I can do better,” said Davies.
“I’m a typical old-fashioned centre forward and I love scoring headed goals, so probably my third against Shortwood (in August 2011) is my favourite.
“My best goal is probably one I scored against Wokingham last season. I tackled a defender on the touch line, dribbled in, shifted and curled it into the top corner from the edge of the area.
“The most important was either my last-minute winner against Ascot this season, or all three in my hat-trick against Shortwood this year.”