Midweek round-up: Defeats for Binfield and Finchampstead, while Ascot United are heldBy Lewis Rudd
March 14, 2013
Oxford City Nomads 1 Binfield 0
A John Rixon strike five minutes before half-time was enough to condemn Binfield to defeat at Oxford City Nomads last night.
Rixon pounced when Moles keeper Dan Weait blocked a Ben Moses follow up from a free-kick to break the deadlock in the 40th minute.
The Moles No.1 suffered a knee to the face while trying to keep the effort out, with the injury ending his evening prematurely.
Callum Whitty took up the role between the posts.
Before falling behind, Binfield went close to opening the scoring through Carl Withers, whose 25 yard strike whistled narrowly past a post, while in-form Danny Wing was only denied a third goal in as many games by a matter of millimetres.
The visitors upped the pressure in the second half, with the crossbar denying Carl Davies a goal on his 28th birthday after the striker brilliantly disposed of his marker before unleashing a powerful left-foot volley.
An Oxford back four containing three 18-year-old prospects continued to keep their opponents at bay, while at the other end a sprint and full stretch block from Joel Havermans prevented Nomads' Jamie Mundy from doubling the hosts lead late on.
The victory moves the Nomads to within four points of the fifth-placed Moles, who have played two games more than Wednesday night's opponents.
Binfield welcome Newbury to Hill Farm Lane for their penultimate Hellenic Premier Division fixture of the season on Saturday (3pm).
Ascot United 2 Highworth 2
An Elliott Knight strike three minutes from time denied Ascot United the chance to return to winning ways on Tuesday night following their 4-1 FA Vase quarter-final replay defeat to AFC Shildon at the weekend.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 13th minute when a swift break resulted in Aaron Maximen firing a shot past Chris Grace.
United were soon on level terms, with the returning Jon Bennett equalising after a Dave Hoar centre caused confusion in the Highworth box and produced a collision between keeper and defender.
One of two driving runs from Jack Smillie yielded the hosts a corner, but the Yellamen failed to capitalise from the set piece as both sides went into the break with the scores level.
Captain Dave Hancock saw a shot saved following good link-up play with Hoar after the restart before United took the lead in the 75th minute through San Wadieh.
The midfielder turned the ball home after a James Brazier header from a Rob Saunders corner was blocked.
However, the advantage was wiped out when Ascot failed to clear their lines from a free-kick, which led to Knight levelling the scores from close range.
The result, though, saw United extend their unbeaten league run to eight games.
Maidenhead United 5 Finchampstead 1
A Harry Swabey strike proved to be nothing more than consolation as Finchampstead suffered a heavy defeat at York Road in Hellenic Division 1 East on Tuesday night.
A Lee Barney brace and further strikes from Kyle Lucas, Jack Banks and Anthony Mendy inflicted a second successive league loss on Finchampstead.
Sandhurst Town 0 Cobham 2
Sandhurst Town's hopes of securing a spot in the semi-finals of the EL Records Premier Challenge Cup were ended on Tuesday as they suffered a shock defeat to Cobham.
The Combined Counties Division 1 side booked a place in the competition's last four courtesy of goals from Sam Merison and Juan Carlos at Bottom Meadow.