Binfield FC 2 Cheltenham Saracens 1By Colin Byers
October 22, 2012
Garry Sargeant followed up last weekend's hat-trick with a fine individual goal to help Binfield record their second win in as many Hellenic Premier Division matches.
The striker added to forward partner Seb Bowerman's superb opener when he picked up a loose ball, turned his marker and dispatched an unstoppable shot beyond Cheltenham Saracens keeper Tim Griffiths.
The Moles had only taken the lead 60 seconds earlier – and in some style. Having outpaced his marker, Bowemnan latched on to a Ben Sturgess through ball before nonchalantly lobbing the ball over Griffiths.
Saracens hit back just before the hour and later hit the post as either side could have scored again, but the Moles held firm to move closer to the top five in the division.
Bowerman and Sargeant kept their starting places after impressing in last week's 6-1 win over Abingdon Town. And the faith shown in the pair by boss Mark Tallentire was duly reward with the goals which separated two competitive sides.
With Carl Davies back from suspension and Jos Millar carrying a knock, Millar was named on the bench in the only change last weekend's thumping win.
And with arguably one of the strongest Binfield benches ever in recent years, with Tallentire naming Callum Whitty, Danny Wing, Jemel Johnson, Millar and club captain Garry Callaway among his replacements, the Moles starting line up bodes well for the immediate future.
The opening minutes of this match largely saw the sides cancel each other out, apart from a couple of half chances at either end.
But by the half hour, Binfield were starting to look the more to breaking the deadlock, with Ryan Millward inches short of connecting with Jordan Rowland's in-swinging free kick at the far post.
Bowerman had earlier shown signs of what was to come, when he ran from the far right and got in a left foot shot from 18-yards as Saracens struggled to deal with his pace and direct running.
And he grabbed his goal minutes later. Starting a couple of yards back, Bowerman outpaced his marker, picked up the through ball and had the composure to lob Tim Griffiths to open the scoring.
A minute later and the Moles had doubled their lead.
The recalled Carl Davies crossed the ball into the box, where Griffiths couldn't collect. Sargeant controlled, turned and curled his shot around Griffiths into the bottom corner.
Enjoying lots of the ball and pouring forward, the Moles had three or four more great chances to score again. But Griffiths saved well from Sargeant's shot, before James Suarez saw a shot blocked and Carl Davies' fierce drive hit the side netting.
Joel Havermans later failed to net with two chances from eight-yards, with the score remaining 2-0 at half time.
The second half started in the same pattern as the first, with neither side on top and the midfield largely dominating possesion.
Another Seb Bowerman's solo effort, with the striker this time cutting in from the left and hitting a rasping shot, was only just off target.
Saracens were somehow still in the game, and their best spell of possession around the hour mark reduced the deficit.
After Ryan Millward's pace and strength had thwarted a similar chance on 55 minutes, Elliott Kennedy did score, as he broke free and had a simple tap in after the unfortunate Dan Weait saw his attempts to block another Kennedy effort fall kindly to the striker.
With the match now hotting up and tackles flying in as both sides went for the next vital goal, the Moles could have made it more comfortable shortly after the hour mark, when a flowing move involving Bowerman, Sargeant and Suarez ended with the latter shooting straight at Griffiths.
At the other end, meanwhile, the Moles Moles' efforts at keeping Ethan Moore quiet nearly came undone when Moore showed his quality with a quick turn and left foot shot from 18-yards that came back off the inside of the post and rolled out to safety.
The hosts, however, were able to held their lead and collect the points.
Tallentire's men return to action on Tuesday night, when they begin the defence of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy at Newport Pagnell Town (7.45pm).
BINFIELD; Weait, Sturgess, Rowland, Millward, Shone (capt), Withers, Havermans, Suarez (Whitty 84), Sargeant (Callaway 78), Bowerman (Johnson 75) Davies. Subs not used; Wing, Millar