Her­ridge praises Josh for net­ting the win­ner

Read­ing City 2 Bin­field 3

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT -

ROGER HER­RIDGE praised the re­sponse of Josh How­ell to tuck home the win­ning goal as Bin­field edged past Read­ing City 3-2 at River­moor Sta­dium on Mon­day evening.

The Moles took an early lead through Danny Horscroft but trailed 2-1 at half-time after Rhys York and Ben Cook found the net.

How­ell then had a big chance to equalise when the vis­i­tors won a penalty, but he scuffed his spot kick al­low­ing goal­keeper Matt Carr to make the stop.

But Bin­field ral­lied, equal­is­ing through Jemel John­son be­fore How­ell dis­patched a sec­ond penalty in the clos­ing min­utes fol­low­ing a foul on lively sub­sti­tute Ed­die Lee to com­plete the come­back.

“If Josh gets a penalty you ex­pect it to end up in the back of the net,” Moles man­ager Her­ridge told The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per.

“But it was a lit­tle soft un­der­foot and he’s not caught it quite well and the goal­keeper, who was their manof-the-match which prob­a­bly tells you a story, he’s made a save.

“Fair play to Josh, he didn’t let it trou­ble him.

“He went on and had a great sec­ond half and when the op­por­tu­nity came again he didn’t have any hes­i­ta­tion in pick­ing up the ball and do­ing what he should’ve done with the first one.”

The win served as a big b oost to Bin­field as they look to make up some ground on the sides above them and be­gin climb­ing the Hel­lenic Premier Divi­sion ta­ble.

The Moles, who now sit 12th, have as many as eight games in hand on some sides but are sched­uled to play five times be­fore Christ­mas to give them a chance to build up some mo­men­tum.

“It’s all just a bit frus­trat­ing re­ally,” said Her­ridge.

“That Flack­well Heath game (on Novem­ber 23) was the first game we’d played for nearly two weeks.

“It’s hard to get any mo­men­tum and you’re los­ing match fit­ness. You can train but there’s noth­ing like play­ing com­pet­i­tive fix­tures.

“It was a re­ally, re­ally dif­fi­cult pitch (on Mon­day) and hard for play­ers to keep their feet.”

He added: “First half we strug­gled to get go­ing a lit­tle bit. They (City) were quite a young side and they had good move­ment and good pace and they cer­tainly asked a few ques­tions of us.

“We were a lit­tle bit waste­ful. Danny Horscroft scored a great goal to put us in front and then we’ve shot our­selves in the foot.

“We came out in the sec­ond half and there was only one team in it. We cre­ated enough chances in the sec­ond half to have won ev­ery game we’re go­ing to play in the next month to be hon­est.

“Josh misses a penalty and you start think­ing it’s not go­ing to be our night but we kept go­ing, we changed our shape a lit­tle bit, we brought Ed­die Lee on and al­though we left it late, from that mo­ment on with half an hour to go there was only go­ing to be one win­ner re­ally.”

Bin­field face a league dou­ble­header with a trip to Tuf­fley Rovers on Satur­day (3pm) be­fore host­ing Wan­tage Town on Mon­day night (7.45pm).

BIN­FIELD: Grace, Thom­son-Wheeler, Smith, Leonetti, Tut­tle, Withers (Brown 84), Knight (c), San­toro (Mitchell 80), Horscroft (Lee 70), How­ell, John­son. Subs not used: Gavin, Shaw.

A penalty for Josh How­ell helped Moles beat Read­ing City

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