The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT - By TOM CROCKER tcrocker@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

ROGER HERRIDGE is hop­ing his Binfield play­ers can take their good run of form into next week’s ri­val show­down with Brack­nell Town – but ad­mits all the pres­sure is on the Robins.

Binfield sit sixth in the Hel­lenic Pre­mier Di­vi­sion af­ter Brad Pagliaroli’s strike earned them an im­pres­sive 1-1 draw away to lead­ers High­worth Town on Satur­day.

Af­ter Mon­day’s game with High­moor-Ibis was called off, all eyes are now on the festive pe­riod with the Moles set for three home games in the space of eight days, in­clud­ing a clash with neigh­bours Brack­nell on De­cem­ber 27th (7.45pm).

The Robins, who are fourth in the ta­ble, are on a fine win­ning run over Binfield stretch­ing across the last two sea­sons, in­clud­ing two cup fi­nals and the 6-1 thrash­ing handed out at Larges Lane in the league back in Au­gust.

And Herridge says Binfield will be the un­der­dogs when the two lock horns again.

“On pa­per we shouldn’t be able to com­pete with them,” the Moles boss told The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per.

“That squad don’t come cheap. Any­thing other than pro­mo­tion for that squad is a fail­ure.

“All the pres­sure is on them.

“I’ve got a cou­ple of ques­tion marks in terms of avail­abil­ity of a cou­ple of play­ers for that game, but we’ll get as com­pet­i­tive a squad out as pos­si­ble and we’ll en­joy the night.

“We cer­tainly won’t be there to get rolled over. Ev­ery­one would ex­pect us to get beat so we’ll see what hap­pens on the night.

“Hope­fully there’s a big crowd there.

“They’re a very good squad of play­ers and a great bunch of lads. Any­thing other than pro­mo­tion for Brack­nell is a fail­ure. They need the points more des­per­ately than we do.

“We’re just en­joy­ing a lit­tle ride at the mo­ment.”

He added: “Since Tally (Mark Tal­len­tire) got the sack, I’ve stayed away from Larges Lane apart from when I went to watch Wind­sor play them the other week and you can’t fail to be im­pressed by them.

“They’ve got a real threat go­ing for­ward and they’ve got ex­pe­ri­ence.

“If you’re look­ing for a weak­ness in Brack­nell’s side at the minute, you’d strug­gle to find one.

“On the night we’ll have to be on top of our game and hope that maybe they’re a lit­tle bit be­low par.

“If that’s the case, then we’ve got a good op­por­tu­nity. The ex­pec­ta­tion is all on them.

“If we get beat it’s not go­ing to change our sea­son. If they get beat, it just puts a lit­tle bit more pres­sure on them.”

Since the last week of Septem­ber, Binfield are on a run of just two de­feats in 17 games in all com­pe­ti­tions.

That run has pro­pelled the

Moles up into the top six and to a bet­ter points tally than at this stage last year.

And Herridge said his side can­not wait to get back out on the pitch each week, even at Christ­mas.

“Apart from my fam­ily and my work, foot­ball is a big part of my life,” he said.

“Any week with­out it is not a good week.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the games over Christ­mas,

I en­joy it.

“We were dis­ap­pointed the other night not to play be­cause we’re in good form and all you want to do is get back on the pitch and do it all over again.

“We’re on a good run and the boys have been re­ally im­pres­sive.

“We’ve just got to keep learn­ing, keep work­ing hard for one another and see how high up the ta­ble that can take us.”

Binfield are seek­ing some festive cheer when they face ri­vals Brack­nell

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