Maidenhead United Res 5 Binfield FC 3
September 12, 2012
Binfield's defence of the AM Print & Copy Floodlit Cup lasted just 90 minutes as Maidenhead's reserves, which included four first-team players, proved too strong.
Home striker, Alex Wall starred and will no doubt be pushing for a starting place in their Blue Square Bet South side on this form as a powerful performance brought him a hat-trick and took his side through.
Moles manager Mark Tallentire made several changes from recent games, but Binfield were unfortunate to meet Maidenhead in a week where there was no first team fixture.
However, it was the visitors who took the lead on the half hour through Callum Whitty's penalty, awarded after Joseph Crook handled a James Suarez shot heading for an empty net.
Crook should have seen red for the blatant handball, but referee Housell took no further action other than awarding the penalty.
Maidenhead pulled level before half-time as Wall scored his first and easiest goal, rolling the ball home from eight yards after a shot came back off the post.
Just minutes into the second half the Moles fell behind with a bizarre own goal as Whitty's clearance ricocheted off Ben Sturgess and trickled over the line, before Lee Barney increased the lead then Wall made it 4-1 with a great 20-yard shot.
Binfield were handed a lifeline when James Suarez cut in from the left and curled in a trademark shot from 20 yards, while Seb Bowerman capped a good performance with a run and shot to bring Binfield back within one goal in the 88th minute.
But Wall had the last word, running through as the Moles pushed forward and curling in a brilliant shot for Maidenhead's fifth and his third.
It's back to league action on Saturday for Binfield, when they host Reading Town (3pm kick-off).
Binfield: Weait, Wanklyn (Havermans 65), Wing, Callaway, Shone, Whitty (Withers 84), Sturgess, Suarez, Sargeant (Davies 58), Johnson, Bowerman. Sub not used; Millar