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

ROGER HER­RIDGE be­lieves Bin­field’s per­for­mances have been bet­ter than re­cent re­sults sug­gest.

The Moles were edged out 2-1 at Hel­lenic Premier Di­vi­sion lead­ers Brack­ley Town Saints last week and fol­lowed that up with a thrilling 3-3 draw at Brim­scombe and Thrupp on Satur­day, where they were de­nied vic­tory in the 88th minute.

That leaves Bin­field down in

13th, but they have played fewer matches than al­most ev­ery other side in the di­vi­sion with as many as six games in hand on five of the teams above them.

And while Her­ridge is dis­ap­pointed with the points re­turn, he has been pleased with how his side have fared against some of the league’s in-form sides.

“I felt it was a piv­otal week in terms of what our as­pi­ra­tions might be,” the Moles man­ager told The Wokingham Pa­per.

“It ended with a point at Brim­scombe and I thought we de­served to win.

“We’ll cer­tainly be dis­ap­pointed that we didn’t come away with all three points be­cause we’ve gone away from home against one of the sides that’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be up there and you score three goals and you’ve not won the game.

“You shouldn’t have to score four goals to get three points so we’ll be dis­ap­pointed with that but our per­for­mance was re­ally good. We played re­ally well.”

He added: “It was im­por­tant that we got some­thing from that game, I’ve got to be hon­est, af­ter the de­feat away at Brack­ley.

“No dis­grace los­ing there, they’re ob­vi­ously go­ing very, very well.

“It was al­ways go­ing to be a tough trip mid­week but I have to hold my hands up and say they prob­a­bly shaded it and de­served to win. But if we’d kept 11 play­ers on the pitch then we’d have come away with some­thing from that game too.

“That (send­ing Liam Gavin off) was, in my opin­ion, a poor de­ci­sion from the ref­eree that ul­ti­mately cost us a re­sult there. But it cer­tainly wasn’t a bad per­for­mance.

“It was im­por­tant that we bounced back a lit­tle bit against Brim­scombe.

“I was tar­get­ing four points out of six from those two games and we’ve got one out of six.

“But I saw enough from us in those games for me to think if we put a run to­gether some time soon, which we are very ca­pa­ble of do­ing, we can still have a big say in what hap­pens come the end of the sea­son.”

Bin­field are back in league ac­tion on Satur­day when they host fourth­placed Royal Woot­ton Bas­sett Town at Hill Farm Lane (3pm).

But the Moles then face a 13day gap be­fore their next fix­ture, some­thing which has irked Her­ridge.

“It’s ridicu­lous, ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous,” he said.

“One minute I’ve looked and we’ve got a game on Novem­ber 17 and the next thing I’ve looked and we haven’t got a game. It’s crazy.

“That sit­u­a­tion is just ridicu­lous be­cause be­fore you know it we’ll get into De­cem­ber, the weather will turn and we’ll get games called off so that’s a bit frus­trat­ing.

“We need to be play­ing two games a week. We need to get some mo­men­tum.

“Come the end of April we would’ve all played the same amount of games, it’s just at the minute there are some teams we’re five or six games be­hind.

“We’re play­ing a lit­tle bit of catch-up.”

One of those teams who have played six more than Bin­field are Satur­day’s op­po­nents Woot­ton Bas­sett.

Their form has been mixed in re­cent weeks but they pos­sess a strike duo with 10 goals apiece and both are well known to Her­ridge in for­mer Brack­nell Town tal­is­man TJ Bo­hane and ex-Mole Brad Pagliaroli, who left Bin­field in the sum­mer.

“Any team with TJ in the side is go­ing to cause you a few prob­lems,” said Her­ridge.

“Brad has gone there and done re­ally, re­ally well. He’s had the op­por­tu­nity to play cen­trally, which is what he wanted to do. We know what Brad’s all about.

“They’re quite high up the league but they’ve played a lot of games. “I think what we know about them is they can cer­tainly hurt you at one end of the pitch but I think they’re a lit­tle bit sus­cep­ti­ble to con­cede goals at the other.

“We’re at home, it’s a game we need to win. We need to be pick­ing up three points. It’s an im­por­tant game for us.”

For more from Her­ridge, see The Sports Pa­per in­side.

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