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Garry Haylock

‘They made it really difficult for us’ Haylock reacts to Binfield win

Binfield manager Garry Haylock admitted his side had to work hard for their 2-1 away Isthmian League win at Bedfont Sports on Saturday.

Haylock said in a post-match chat with Binfield TV: “We worked hard, we didn’t have anyone who had a bad performance, Bedfont are obviously down there and need the points. They worked incredibly hard and made it really difficult for us, they were hard to break down and we had to scrap for goals.”

Watch the full post match interview with Binfield manager Garry Haylock below:

New Binfield manager Garry Haylock.

Isthmian League play-off dates confirmed but Binfield boss BIGGER target in mind

Binfield are currently just outside the Isthmian League South Central Division One play-off places and the dates for the end-of-season promotion showdown have been confirmed.

However, Moles boss Garry Haylock has laid down an entirely different target for his players who are ten points behind top-of-the-table Basingstoke Town with three games in hand.

Haylock said “It’s great that the playoff dates have come out, giving clubs the opportunity to plan.

“However, I am of the opinion that we are capable of winning the league and that’s where our focus will be.”

The challenge has been laid down for the Molemen.

Isthmian League South Central Division Play-Off dates

  • South Central Semi-Finals Wednesday 26th April
  • South Central Final Sunday 30th April

A key fixture ahead for the Moles is the visit of Basingstoke to Hill Farm Lane on Tuesday 31st January. Tickets are available in advance for that game here.

Match Preview: Bedfont Sports FC – Away

January is coming to a close with only two games left (weather permitting), the first of those is an way game against Bedfont Sports FC.

Matchday: Saturday January 28, 2023
Kickoff: 3:00 pm

About Bedfont Sports

Bedfont Sports are based in Bedfont, West London. They, along with Bedfont FC, probably hold the record for the closest football grounds in the country as their grounds nearly touch.

Bedfont Sports was only founded in 2002 starting out in the Hounslow and District League. A few years later, they moved across to the Middlesex County League before working their way up through the Combined Counties League and gaining promotion to the Isthmian League in 2017/18.

Head To Head

The Moles didn’t have a good record again the Eagles last season. We lost 2-1 at Bedfont Recreation Ground and then lost 3-1 back at Hill Farm Lane. 

However, in the reverse fixture earlier in this season, the Moles won 3-1.

The Moles were due to play Northwood on Wednesday but this was cancelled due to a frozen pitch. Bedfont’s fixture survived the weather – they played Leatherhead away and lost 2-1.

The Moles sit 7th on 34 points and Bedfont are currently 16th on 19 points.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased on the day.

Prices:
Adults – £10
Concessions – £5
Children U16s with a paying adult – Free

About Bedfont Recreation Ground

Address: Hatton Road, Bedfont, Middlesex, TW14 9JR
Nearest Train Station: Feltham
Nearest Tube Station: Hatton Cross

Josh Helmore. Binfield FC 2021-22. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com

Binfield face Josh Helmore reunion

Binfield fans will come up against a familiar face when they visit Northwood in the Pitching In Isthmian League South Central Division One on Wednesday night.

Josh Helmore – a vital part of the Moles run to the FA Vase Final – should be in the squad for the home side when the Moles head to the Northwood Park Stadium.

Helmore’s goals helped fire the Moles to promotion to Step 4 and the Vase final over three seasons at Hill Farm Lane, he made the move to Northwood in December 2021 after scoring eight goals in 16 Isthmian League games.

Binfield FC at Wembley for the FA Vase Final. Photo: Neil Graham.
Binfield FC at Wembley for the FA Vase Final. Photo: Neil Graham.

The forward was part of terrifying-rotating forward line of Sean Moore, Asa Povey, Liam Ferdinand and Ollie Harris that very much put our village club on the map.

Of course Josh wasn’t only ever a Binfield player, he had spells with Bracknell Town, Thatcham Town and Berkhamstead, but certainly this underground dweller feels we very much saw the best of him at Hill Farm Lane.

It’ll be great to say hello again this evening and it should be an enthralling match. Northwood are duking it out at the top of the table with Basingstoke Town while we are fighting hard for a play-off place, something’s got to give!

Match Preview: Northwood FC – Away

Match Preview: Northwood FC – Away

Northwood FC

Following a pitch inspection, this game has been postponed. The website will be updated as soon as a new date is announced.

Third time lucky. After two postponements (and a short notice friendly), the Moles travel to Northwood FC in the Isthmian South Central Division.

Matchday: Wednesday January 25, 2023
Kickoff: 7:45 pm

About Northwood FC

A team was formed in Northwood back in 1899 but Northwood FC in its current form is believed to have been founded in 1926. Their initial history is unclear but they joined the Harrow & Wembley League in 1931 where they won an impressive six titles in a row prior to World War 2 and three more titles after the war. They spent the 1950s and 1960 playing mainly junior-level football.

The club joined the Isthmian League in 1992 via spells in the Hellenic and Spartan Leagues. This was one of their most successful periods which lead them gaining promotion to Step 3 and the Premier Division. They were then switched to the Southern League Premier Division but after relegation were moved back to the Isthmian League Division One North. Another switch back to the Southern League before they were moved back again to their current league – Isthmian League South Central.

Head To Head Record

Last season, it was the away team that came away with the honours. The Moles coming away with a 3-0 victory away but then losing 1-0 in the reverse fixture at Hill Farm Lane.

Both teams games were called off on Saturday due to the weather. However, the Moles managed to schedule a friendly against Step 3 side Hayes & Yeading FC.

Northwood sit in 2nd place, one place behind leaders Basingstoke Town whilst the Moles in 7th but with games in hand over the teams above them.

Tickets

Prices are;

  • Adults £10
  • Concessions £5
  • U16s Free
  • Matchday programme £2

About Skyline Roofing Stadium

Address: Northwood Park, Chestnut Ave, Northwood HA6 1HR
Nearest Tube: Northwood Hills

Match Photos: Hayes & Yeading FC – Away

Following the postponed of the Moles game against Hanworth Villa and that of Hayes & Yeading against Bracknell Town, a friendly was arranged between the two sides on the 3G pitch at the SkyEx Community Stadium.

Daisy Spiers travelled to West London to photograph the Moles against Hayes and Yeading who currently sit 8th in Southern League Premier South – one step above the Moles.

The first half was evenly matched and at half-time was 0-0. However, in the second-half, Hayes showed their experience and finished 3-0 winners.

After the game, Moles Chairman Andy Cotton commented “We were delighted to be offered a friendly game this afternoon at Hayes & Yeading where both sides were able to field their 1st Teams. Both squads of players given the opportunity to play a competitive game with both clubs keen to keep their respective sides sharp whilst league games are called off during this cold snap. Many thanks for hosting the Moles today – very good close encounter that keeps our confidence high going into our next league game on Tuesday where we play Northwood”

Christian Rowe. Photo: Neil Graham.

Christian Rowe remembered

Binfield Football Club would like to remember the life of Christian Rowe, one year on from his tragic passing.

Christian, a very promising young player, was on loan with us from Slough Town.

Everyone at Binfield Football Club would like to pass on our condolences once again to Christian’s family and friends.

Match Preview: Hanworth Villa FC – Home

Hanworth Villa FC

The game has been postponed due to a frozen pitch, as a result of this morning’s pitch inspection. This match has been moved to the 28th February at 7:45pm.

Any tickets purchased in advance will be valid for the rearranged fixture.

After the disappointment of the postponement of the game against Uxbridge midweek, the Moles are back in home action against Hanworth Villa FC.

Matchday: January w1, 2023
Kickoff: 3:00 pm

About Hanworth Villa FC

Hanworth Villa FC were founded in 1976. They played in various West London leagues, making their way up the football pyramid before being promoted to Division One of the Combined Counties League in 2002-03. The club were Combined Counties Premier Division North champions in 2021–22, earning promotion to the Isthmian League.

You may notice a familiar name on the team sheet;

  • Sam Merson. Sam is the son of former Arsenal legend Paul Merson who played two games for the club in 2019.

Head To Head Record

The away game at Hanworth finished 2-2 back in November.

Last weekend, the Moles beat promotion rivals Chertsey Town 2-1 whilst Hanworth haven’t played since the 7th Jan when they drew 2-2 with Uxbridge. The Moles currently sit in 7th place on 34 points whilst Hanworth are 11th on 28 points.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased on the gate or in advance via Ticketpass. We take both cash and cards on the gate.

Prices are;

  • Adults: £8
  • Concession: £5
  • Under 16: £1

About Hill Farm Lane

The club house and changing rooms at Hill Farm Lane. Photo: C2 Photography.

Hill Farm Lane is a modern non-league football ground with parking on site, disabled access and more including:

  • Licenced bar
  • Tea bar serving hot and cold food
  • Disabled access to pitch side
  • Toilets
  • Standing and seated covered areas to watch the match
  • Card payments taken on the gate, in the bar and at the tea bar.

There are over 200 spaces available to park at the ground.

Michael Croker

Binfield U23s stay unbeaten as First Team boost play off chances

Binfield’s Under 23 Development side maintained a 10-point lead at the top of the Thames Valley Premier League Division Three with a 3-1 win at King’s Academy to bottom side Hambleden Stags.

The Moles goals came courtesy of Sam Applegarth, Michael Croker and Connor Gonzalez.

It was Croker’s sixth goal of the season in just five appearances and he sits fifth in the division’s top scorer charts.

Binfield Under 18s

There’s been no action for the youngest Moles so far this month. The teams last outing was a 4-0 defeat to Harefield United in the Allied Counties Youth League Cup on the 6th December.

Weather permitting the side will be back in action on the 24th January.

Binfield First Team

The Men’s First Team are within touching distance of the Isthmian League South Central Division One play-off after beating fellow top-five hopefuls Chertsey Town 2-1 on Saturday. Read the report here.

A re-arranged fixture at home to Uxbridge is next up on Tuesday night. Tickets here.

Coming up for Binfield FC:

Binfield First Team vs Uxbridge (Tuesday 17th January – 7:45pm) – Tickets

Binfield First Team vs Hanworth Villa (Saturday 21st January – 3pm)

Richings Park vs Binfield Development (Saturday 21st January – 2pm)

Binfield u18s vs Abbey Rangers (24th January – 7:45pm)

Haylock praises resilient Moles

Garry Haylock was again, full of praise after the performance of his ‘resilient’ moles side as they dug deep against fellow playoff contenders Chertsey Town on Saturday afternoon.

It was “Another fantastic performance from the boys and I am so pleased that we got our reward.”

“We started quickly and after having a goal disallowed (not offside on the video!) and a penalty claim refused – stonewall on the video, it’s easy to start thinking it’s not going to be your day…”
The moles took an early lead though, thanks to Brad Pagliaroli’s 8th goal of the campaign.

The moles conceded an equaliser just two minutes later and Haylock admitted his admiration for his squad… “The resilience in this group is amazing and even conceded an equaliser didn’t faze the group”

“Towards the end we became a little ragged but still dug in and I can’t remember Harvey having to make a save

The key now is to replicate this again and again, starting on Tuesday”

Match Preview: Uxbridge FC – Home

Uxbridge FC

This match has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. This match has now been rearranged to the 7th February. Any tickets bought in advance will be valid for the new fixture.

It is only mid January and the Moles are on game four of the potential nine January games. This time the visitors to Hill Farm Lane are Uxbridge FC.

Matchday: January 17, 2023
Kickoff: 7:45 pm

About Uxbridge FC

Uxbridge FC were founded in 1871, celebrated their 150th anniversary last year and are one of the oldest clubs in the South of England. During the history of the club, they have played in a number of different leagues including the Corinthian, Athenian and then the Isthmian League which they joined in 1982.

The club finished second in Division Two South in 1984–85 and gained promotion to Division One, where they remained for twenty years. In the 2004–05 season, the club moved from the Isthmian league to the Southern league. They started in the Eastern division before being switched to the Central Division. In the 2018-19, they were moved again, this time to their current league Isthmian League Division One South Central.

Head to Head

Last season, both games between the clubs ended in a draw. The game away at the Honeycroft finished 2-2 whilst the game at Hill Farm Lane was a goalless draw.

Last weekend, the Moles beat promotion rivals Chertsey Town 2-1 whilst Uxbridge beat Southall 2-1. The Moles currently sit in 7th place on 34 points whilst Uxbridge are 12th on 26 points.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased on the gate or in advance via Ticketpass. We take both cash and cards on the gate.

Prices are;

  • Adults: £8
  • Concession: £5
  • Under 16: £1

About Hill Farm Lane

The club house and changing rooms at Hill Farm Lane. Photo: C2 Photography.

Hill Farm Lane is a modern non-league football ground with parking on site, disabled access and more including:

  • Licenced bar
  • Tea bar serving hot and cold food
  • Disabled access to pitch side
  • Toilets
  • Standing and seated covered areas to watch the match
  • Card payments taken on the gate, in the bar and at the tea bar.

There are over 200 spaces available to park at the ground.

Binfield FC

Match Preview: Chertsey Town FC – Away

Chertsey Town FC Logo

After the disappointment of the postponement of the home game against Guernsey on Wednesday evening, the Moles are back on the road with a trip to Chertsey Town FC.

Matchday: January 14, 2023
Kickoff: 3:00 pm

About Chertsey Town FC

Chertsey Football Club was established in 1890, and in 1963 it became a member of the Metropolitan League. After three seasons, they switched to the Spartan League, where they finished second in 1974–75. A year later, they joined the Athenian League and remained there until the league’s dissolution in 1984. After joining the Isthmian League, they were immediately relegated to the Combined Counties League. The club returned at the first opportunity as runners-up.  In 1986, the team started a 20-season tenure in the Isthmian League, winning three promotions and suffering three relegations across the divisions. 

The Curfews returned to the Combined Counties League in 2006 after the non-league pyramid was reorganised, and they regularly finished in the top half of the standings. Following a disagreement on the appropriateness of the league champion’s stadium for the higher division, Chertsey Town, who came in second place that year, was promoted to the Southern League Division One Central. The club, however, struggled for three seasons before being demoted back to the Combined Counties League. The Curfews won the Combined Counties League Premier Division in 2018–19 with just three defeats, and they also won the FA Vase at Wembley Stadium. The club returned to the Isthmian League in 2019 but saw the first two seasons curtailed.

Head To Head

Last season, the game at Hill Farm Lane ended 0-0 whilst the reverse fixture at Alwyns Lane ended with a 2-0 defeat for the Moles.

This season, the teams played out a 1-1 draw in the second game of the season back in August.

The clubs are close in the league. Chertsey sit in 5th place with 35 points after 19 games whilst the Moles are two places below in 7th with 31 points after 17 games.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased on the gate or in advance via Fanbase.

Prices are;

  • Adults: £10
  • Concession: £7
  • Under 18: £2

Ground

Address: Chertsey Town Football Club, Alwyns Lane, Chertsey, KT16 9DW
Nearest Station: Chertsey which is a 15 minute walk from the ground.