Marlow 4 Binfield FC 1By Colin Byers
January 14, 2013
Mark Tallentire was unable to hide his disappointment after his Binfield side saw their eight match unbeaten league run end with a heavy defeat at leaders Marlow.
Goals from former Mole Ian Davies, Simeon Howell and a Ray Spence brace were enough for the hosts to extend the gap on third-place Binfield to 14 points and further boost their chances of making a swift return to Southern League football.
Tallentire, though, admitted after the game how his charges made the fixture too easy for Mark Bartley's table toppers.
He said: "I'm disappointed that we just didn't turn up."
He later added: "They're (Marlow) a very good side and I will be surprised if they don't go on to win this league."
Davies, whose last game for the Moles was the 2-1 defeat to Saturday's opponents at Hill Farm Lane back in August, needed just 16 minutes to get one over his former team-mates.
Latching on to a Simeon Howell through ball, the striker needed just one touch to curl the ball around the advancing Dan Weait and find the bottom left hand corner of the net.
With the visitors on the back foot they conceded a second just after the half-hour mark when Simeon Howell exchanged passes with Davies as he bore down on goal before sending an unstoppable shot across Weait.
Marlow, although clinical in possession, did look suspectable at the back, and despite struggling to watch their lines as they were flagged offside on numerous occasions, Binfield did come close to reducing the arrears on two occasions before the half-time whistle.
Captain Gary Callaway was only denied a goal when his powerful header from a corner was pushed wide by Ian McCulley, who then denied James Suarez from close range from the resulting centre.
Suarez then saw his afternoon end prematurely when he limped off minutes before the break with an ankle knock picked up earlier in the encounter.
There was still time, however, for the visitors to breach the home defence for a third time, but Jemel Johnson failed to connect properly when he was picked out at the far post from a cross, with his header bouncing tamely wide.
Any hopes of a comeback, though, appeared to be over when the lively Spence opened his account for the afternoon with arguably the goal of the game.
Having cut in from the left, the much-travelled attacker unleashed an unstoppable shot from some 30-yards which gave Weait no chance.
Tallentire was quick to reshuffle his pack in the aftermath of the strike, replacing Millar with Seb Bowerman and swapping Millar for Danny Wing.
And the switch was rewarded in the 74th minute when the dangerous Bowerman was hacked down in the box, leaving referee Lowe with no option other to point at the spot.
Carl Davies, who just minutes earlier was guilty of wasting a chance to get the Moles back into the game when he tamely shot at McCulley when clean through down the left channel, made up for the miss when he fired powerfully home from 12-yards.
Sensing a slim chance to salvage something from the top-of-the-table clash, Binfield enjoyed a spell of possession as they threw men forward.
But the closest they came to grabbing a second goal came when Adam Morris shot wide, while a later free-kick was easily saved by McCulloch.
And a miserable afternoon for the visitors was confirmed in somewhat controversial circumstances when Spence slammed home his second 'goal' of the afternoon late on.
Running on to a square ball from the right, the forward saw his effort cannon off the underside of the crossbar and back into play.
After a slight pause in proceedings the linesman on the far side flagged for a goal – which was duly awarded – but video footage suggests the ball never came close to crossing the whitewash.
Good link-up play between replacements Bowerman and Wing set up a chance for Carl Withers from close range, but an awkward bobble as he teed the ball up resulted in his effort fly high over McCulley's crossbar.
A win for Marlow at Wantage Town tomorrow night will see the side move 17 points clear of the Moles, whose attentions now turn to the Bluefin Sports Insurance Supplementary Cup tie at Brimscombe & Thrupp this Saturday.
Binfield: Weait, Sturgess, Tripp, Callaway, Shone, Morris, Havermans, Suarez (Withers 44), Davies, Millar (Wing 68), Johnson (Bowerman 57). Subs not used: Whitty, Rowland.