Wokingham Today

Binfield edged out by Bracknell


Binfield 0 Bracknell Town 1

BINFIELD suffered just a fourth defeat since October with a narrow reverse against rivals Bracknell in front of a bumper crowd at Hill Farm Lane.

Buoyed by back-to-back wins over top sides Flackwell Heath and Highworth Town, the Moles matched their neighbours throughout but a second-half Kensley Maloney strike settled the contest.

Roger Herridge’s men pushed hard for an equaliser with Ian Davies, Carlo Santoro and Jeff Brown all going close, but Binfield drew a blank for the first time in 28 matches.

“Bracknell are a very good side,” the Moles manager told The Wokingham Paper.

“On paper, we shouldn’t be competing with them really.

“They definitely had the edge in the first half, albeit they didn’t really create too many clear cut chances.

“I always felt that we were in the game. We were pleased to come in at 0-0.

“At the end of the day it was important that we kept things tight in the first half and the second half was a really, really even game.

“The goal has come, we’ve had a couple of opportunit­ies to clear it and the ball’s fallen to Kensley and he was very good on the night. It’s got a deflection, looped over the keeper and gone in the back of the net.

“We weathered the storm then probably for five minutes but in the last 15 minutes we did enough to get a point.”

“We deserved something out of the game and I would challenge anybody to argue that.”

One positive from the evening was another healthy number through the gates at Hill Farm Lane of 312.

And after back-to-back three figure attendance­s, the Moles manager feels his side offer good entertainm­ent.

“The Bracknell resurgence has affected us a little bit,” admitted Herridge.

“Bracknell is a big club and they’re doing very well so at times when we’re playing at home on the same day it’s going to have an affect on our gates.

“I think you’re certainly getting value for money when you’re watching Binfield play at the minute.

“Monday was the first time we haven’t scored for a very, very long time.

“We’ve scored three goals many times this season, mind you more often than not we concede two so that probably tells you that we’re maybe a little bit too cavalier going forward and need to lock up a little bit defensivel­y.”

Binfield have no game scheduled over the Easter weekend before travelling to Thatcham Town in the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday evening (7.45pm)

BINFIELD: Craven, Thompson-Wheeler (Colverd 86), Brown, Leonetti, Jacobs, Broome, Shaw (Akers 85), Knight (c), Davies, Moore, Santoro. Subs not used: Gritt, Campbell, Powell.

Attendance: 312

 ?? Pictures: Neil Graham ?? Henry Craven makes a stop
Pictures: Neil Graham Henry Craven makes a stop
 ??  ?? Bracknell celebrate Kensley Maloney’s strike
Bracknell celebrate Kensley Maloney’s strike
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