Bin­field bashed by Bish­ops

Bin­field 0 Bish­ops Cleeve 1

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT - By TOM CROCKER

BIN­FIELD’S mixed start to the cam­paign con­tin­ued with a nar­row de­feat at Hill Farm Lane.

Fol­low­ing a string of cup games, the Moles fi­nally re­turned to league ac­tion for the first time in al­most a month.

But they could not add to their points tally as Bradley Martin’s first-half strike proved to be enough to hand Bish­ops Cleeve the win.

Roger Her­ridge made four changes from the side which beat Bour­ton Rovers last time out with Gary Smith, Jeff Brown, Sean Moore and Ian Davies com­ing in for Lewis Leonetti, Will Shaw, Carlo San­toro and Ed­die Lee.

The dead­lock was bro­ken in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions on 20 min­utes when Martin found him­self free to head in.

Plenty more chances fol­lowed with Bin­field goal­keeper Chris Grace called into ac­tion while at the other end Sean Moore kept Grace’s op­po­site num­ber Lewis Clay­ton busy.

The hosts be­gan the sec­ond half well, par­tic­u­larly fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of winger San­toro from the bench.

But Cleeve also threat­ened, pen­ning the Bin­field back-line deep at times, forc­ing them to head an ef­fort off the line.

Her­ridge in­tro­duced Jemel John­son and Danny Horscroft late on, but Bin­field could not find an equaliser de­spite the best ef­forts of Moore.

Still with plenty of games in hand, the Moles sit 14th in the ta­ble with a long trip to Lyd­ney Town to come on Satur­day (3pm).

BIN­FIELD: Grace, Thom­son-Wheeler, Smith, Brown, Tut­tle, Withers, Knight (c), Senussi (San­toro 53), Moore, How­ell (Horscroft 74), Davies (John­son 67).

Subs not used: Gavin, Shaw. At­ten­dance: 41

Pic­tures: Steve Smyth

Bin­field cap­tain James Knight

Carl Withers

Gary Smith throws his body in the way

Ian Davies re­turned from in­jury

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