Binfield FC Under-18s prepare for semi-final showdownBy Adam Lee
April 05, 2012
Binfield’s Under-18 Allied Counties team are gearing up for the game of their lives when they visit Hanwell Town in the semi-final of the league cup.
The Moles youth side look set for a upper-midtable finish in the Allied Counties South Division this season, but it is in the cup where they have shone.
Binfield have dumped out Premier Division side Reading Town, as well as St Albans City and Uxbridge from the East Division on course to the last four.
The now visit another East Division side Hanwell tonight for a place in the final, where they will play either league leaders Maidenhead United or Witney Town.
Six of the team have stepped up to play for the reserve team at Hill Farm Lane this season, three of those regularly, while two of the players, Jake Butler and Jordan Rowland, have also made an impact with the first team.
Butler is an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal, while Rowland is an attacking full-back, who is deadly at set-pieces courtesy of his mean left foot.
And with both available to play at Hanwell tonight, coach Ellis Woods believes Binfield will have no trouble in making the showpiece final.
“I think we will win tonight,” he said.
“We raise our games against these types of teams.
“They are big and scary to our lads, but they always seem to find a higher gear because they know they are the underdogs.
“We play really good football, but when we have come up against these teams we have not been able to play our normal style.
“We’ve managed to match teams who have been a bit more aggressive and got the results in the cup - we've shown we can play two different ways and that is the sign of a good team.
“The lads are all top boys and there are no egos there.
“Some of the lads could think that they are big time because they have played for the reserve team and the first team, but they don’t.They have been a huge asset for the team this season.”
Binfield’s manager is Sandy Morrison and the assistant manager is Paul Butler.