Martin settles contest with first-half header
A Brad Martin strike early in the first half was the difference as Bishop’s Cleeve claimed a 1-0 win at Binfield.
Cleeve had the first chance early on when Martin struck a powerful volley inches wide before Khalid Senussi shot wide for the hosts.
Steve Cleal’s men took the lead on the quarter-hour mark when Adam Mace got a chance to put the ball in the box after his corner came back to him and he found a towering Martin at the far post to head the visitors into the lead.
The second half saw the hosts nearly equalise straight away when James Knight’s long range effort looked destined for the top corner until Cleeve’s player of the month for September Lewis Clayton made a flying save to only concede the corner.
The second half continued in similar style to the first however Cleeve would see two chances cleared off the line with Jack Watts’ curling shot and Martin’s powerful header both prevented from crossing the line.
As the game entered the final quarter Binfield started to press for an equaliser and their best chance came six minutes from time when they had a header from a foot out which thankfully, from Cleeve’s point of view, was straight at Clayton.
In the fifth minute of added time when Binfield’s Sean Moore picked up a second yellow for dissent and was sent off.
Cleeve are through to the last 16 of the GFA Trophy after Tuesday’s 5-3 win over Lydney Town.
It was 2-2 inside 20 minutes, Lewis Thompson putting Lydney ahead twice with Martin equalising each time.
Jack Watts put Cleeve 3-2 up before half-time, and Elliott Kennedy and Watts extended the lead to 5-2.
Lydney’s Lewis Halford was sent off for a foul on Watts before Matt Board netted a consolation for Town..
Cleeve’s next match is at home to Ardley United on Saturday. Ticket prices have been reduced to £5 for adults.