Moles edged out in tight con­test

Wan­tage Town 1 Bin­field 0

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT -

HOPES of a big cup clash for the Moles were dashed by a sec­ond nar­row de­feat of the week.

Bin­field would have hosted Mil­ton Keynes Dons had they seen off Hel­lenic Premier ri­vals Wan­tage in the twice re­ar­ranged clash on Tues­day evening.

But they went down to a

Damien Robert­son penalty, which con­demned the Moles to a fourth de­feat in five games.

Roger Her­ridge shuf­fled his pack fol­low­ing the week­end loss against Bish­ops Cleeve with Will Shaw, Carlo San­toro, Danny Horscroft and Jemel John­son all handed starts as Charley Tut­tle, Khalid Senussi, Josh How­ell and Sean Moore dropped out.

In-form Wan­tage started the bet­ter of the two sides at Al­fre­dian Park, go­ing close to tak­ing an early lead when debu­tant Robert­son’s ef­fort was saved by Chris

Grace.

For­mer Bin­field keeper Garry Auls­berry had to be alert in the Wan­tage net to thwart San­toro be­fore the dead­lock was bro­ken on 30 min­utes when Robert­son tucked home from the spot af­ter a hand­ball in the box.

The Moles al­most equalised af­ter a goal­mouth scram­ble be­fore John­son blazed over from a good po­si­tion.

Bin­field per­formed well af­ter the break with­out cre­at­ing many clear cut open­ings, un­til sec­ond­half stop­page time when John­son’s free-kick was bril­liantly saved by Auls­berry.

BIN­FIELD: Grace, Thom­son-Wheeler, Smith (Gavin 59), Brown, Shaw (How­ell 71), Withers, Knight (c), San­toro, Horscroft, John­son, Davies (Moore 58). Sub not used: Tut­tle. At­ten­dance: 61

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