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Sean Moore. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com

Sean Moore departs

Club captain and striker Sean Moore has informed the club that he will be accepting an offer from Southern Premier League side Hanwell Town.

Sean rejoined the Moles after a spell with local rivals Bracknell Town and was handed the captaincy by the now-Bracknell Town managers Carl Withers and Jamie McClurg during their time at the club. Moore captained us to a glorious season in 2020/21 where the team won promotion from Hellenic League Premier Division, as well as leading the side out at Wembley Stadium for the FA Vase Final, the greatest day in the club’s history.

This season has seen Sean score seven goals in 17 appearances, and will sure be a big miss for the boys due to his ability to lead from the front.

Binfield would like to thank Sean for all of his hard work and effort throughout his time with the moles, and wish him well for the rest of the season and beyond.

Once a Mole!

The Binfield FC badge. Photo: Neil Graham.

Match Preview: Southall FC – Away

Southall FC

After two home games, the Moles are back on the road this time visiting Southall FC in Isthmian League South Central Division One.

Matchday: November 19, 2022
Kickoff: 3:00 PM

About Southall FC

Southall FC was founded in 1871, making it one of England’s oldest football clubs and they celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2021. They played friendlies for the first 20 years before joining the West London League. Their recent history involve them playing in both the Combined Counties and Spartan South Midland leagues. They were Spartan South Midland Division One champions in 2017–18 before then playing in the Combined Counties Premier division the following season.

The club has quite a role call of former players including Les Ferndinand, Alan Devonshire, Gordon Hill and Justin Fashanu. Given their location in West London, a lot of their players have gone on to play for Brentford, QPR, Fulham amongst other clubs.

Current Form

Southall sit one place above the Moles in the league separated by only one point but having played three games more. Last Saturday, they drew 0-0 away at Westfield.

Where do Southall FC play?

Southall have been nomadic since leaving their Western Road Stadium in 1992. They currently play at the Robert Parker Stadium in Stanwell, home of Ashford Town (Middlesex).

Referee’s boost as Binfield FC course ‘fully booked’

The referee shortage across football in the UK is well documented and affects Binfield Football Club as much as any other club in the country, particularly in junior football with volunteers regularly dashing from game to game to ensure there is someone to take charge.

At times it must seem a thankless task to be a referee, but Binfield are at least attempting to do something about the shortage by arranging and hosting refereeing courses at the club with the Berks & Bucks County FA.

Binfield’s Youth Referee Co-ordinator Kelly Howes said: “We’re delighted we’ve filled all 24 spaces on our course and we have a waiting list for future courses now as well. It’s been instigated by Bob Chapple at the club and we’re delighted it has been so popular.

“The fact we’ve got the numbers to run the course is great for Binfield but also football locally as well.”

The course will run over two days on Thursday 2nd February 2023 (evening) and Sunday 5th February 2023 and include classroom and outdoor learning.

If you are interested in joining any future referee courses at Binfield FC, please get in touch with the club here.

You can find out more about getting into refereeing, register your interest and find other courses here.

The Binfield FC badge. Photo: Neil Graham.

U10 Panthers showing togetherness

The U10 Panthers won their second match in succession after a difficult start to the season the players have improved and are playing some good football. The early defeats did not dampen their enthusiasm with their togetherness being a major factor.

Binfield under 12 Chargers in a moment of respect. Photo: Ben Churchill.

Binfield U12 Chargers get past stubborn Hawley

The Chargers first home game at The Parks saw both teams complete a minute’s silence; unified in a moment of respect before the game.

The boys dug deep against a stubborn Hawley side who made it very difficult for the Chargers to play their normal passing game.

The first half finished 0-0 despite the Chargers having much of the possession with the opposition goal keeper making a string of outstanding saves.

Hawley started the second half on the front foot attacking the Chargers goal. The Chargers then started to impose themselves on the game which was then punctuated by a through ball from Jake Nickols; taking a slight deflection, and beautifully falling into the path of Wilson Charles who made it 1-0.

The Chargers now full of confidence quickly found the back of the net again after Wilson completed a beautiful turn and skilful slotted the ball home: 2-0.

The boys continued to battle well as a team until the end with a third goal by Jake in the final seconds of the game.

Captain for the day and MOTM, Callum Knight said: “The whole team worked together to get the 3 points against a difficult side. I’m really proud to have led the team to victory and receive MOTM’.

Coaches MOTM – Callum

Report by Ben Churchill (Team Manager)

Lewis Hall (second left) playing for Binfield FC.

Lewis Hall back in Chelsea First Team action

A little bit more history at the end of last week for one of our own as Lewis Hall was back in the Chelsea team in the Carabao Cup.

Hall – a graduate of our famous Soccer School and younger brother of FA Cup hero Connor – made his first start for Premier League Chelsea in the Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City.

Football in Berkshire’s Dan Walkley was at the game at the Etihad Stadium – just the 53,000 attendance – and said of Hall’s performance: “Lewis Hall’s performance last night was bright energetic and confident in a Chelsea side that has struggled to get going recently. Hall looked to create chances and could have had two goals if not for some excellent goalkeeping.

“A bright future in store for the young left back who will continue to try to break into the Chelsea First Team squad in future. The youngster has already earned England youth honours up to under 19 level.”

Lewis Hall (second right) playing for Binfield FC.
Lewis Hall (second right) playing for Binfield FC.

Last year Lewis – also a keen cricketer with Binfield Cricket Club – started his sides FA Cup tie against Chesterfield at Stamford Bridge and subsequently became the youngest player ever to start an FA Cup match for the club.

Congratulations Lewis on your debut from all of us here at Binfield Football Club. Find out more about our Soccer School sessions here.

Binfield vs Guernsey

Match Preview: Guernsey FC – Home

Guernsey FC

THIS MATCH HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO A WATERLOGGED PITCH. NEW DATE TO BE ADVISED.

Like buses, after 4 away games, we only had to wait 4 days before another home game. The visitors to Hill Farm Lane this time are Guernsey.

About Guernsey FC

Guernsey Football Association has existed for nearly 130 years but Guernsey FC only joined the England Football Period in 2011. They were the first team from the Channel Islands to join a mainland league – Jersey and then the Isle of Man have since followed suit.

They initially joined the Combined Counties Football League Division One which they won in their first season and gained promotion to the Premier League. After only one season in this division, they were promoted to Isthmian League Division One South. They have played at this level since – losing out in the playoffs in the 2013–14 season.

Head To Head

In the corresponding fixture last season, the score was 1-1 with Liam Tack scoring a penalty. The reverse fixture at Footes Lane finished with the Moles beating the Green Lions 3-1.

Tickets

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

Prices are;

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

About Hill Farm Lane

Address: Hill Farm Lane, Bracknell RG42 5NR

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

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

The Binfield FC badge. Photo: Neil Graham.

Match Preview: Bedfont Sports – Home

It’s coming home. Football’s coming home. After four away games, including a trip down to Devon, the Moles finally have a run of home games with five of them in the month of November.

The first is a visit from Bedfont Sports.

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. Bedfont Sports only have one win this season beating Sutton Common Rovers 3-0 back in September.

Tickets

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

Prices are;

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

About Hill Farm Lane

Address: Hill Farm Lane, Bracknell RG42 5NR

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

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

Binfield u13 Reds.

U13 Binfield Reds dig deep to secure the win

The Reds had an early kickoff on the other side of Reading at the weekend.

The boys started well with James Gilbert netting the first followed 20 minutes later with an excellent headed corner by James Fisher off of a brilliant Finlay Cole delivery.

From then on we had to weather a bit of a storm and our opponents were awarded a penalty for a handball. They came in 2-1 up at half time.

The Binfield u13 Reds enjoy a bundle.
The Binfield u13 Reds enjoy a bundle.

Then we dug in, the boys worked extremely hard, communicated well ( big achievement), our keeper Danny Mousley made some awesome saves and the team gave everything to secure the win.

They’ve had a tough start to the season but never give up, always support each other and todays win was the definition of teamwork.

Captain James Gilbert said “ We work hard every week and really deserved the win, Everyone was decent today!”

Parents MOTM – Danny
Coaches MOTM – Lucas

Submitted by Craig Gilbert (Manager)

Moving the Molehill – 30 more parking spaces

Following on from the club’s recent building projects you may have noticed we managed to build our own giant molehill in the Binfield FC car park!

Thankfully, local company, Design Build International stepped in and kindly offered to remove all of the building spoils from our site.

Vice Chairman Craig Gilbert said: “We cannot thank Sam Fowles and the team at DBI enough. Having only met with Sam at the weekend to discuss the removal of the waste, by Wednesday it’s all gone! No fuss, no messing about and the site has been left in great condition. We are truly grateful and now have space for at least another 30 cars. The regained land will make a huge difference to our Junior and Senior match day parking.”

This is the second project at the club Design Build International have helped with, having installed our fantastic brick paved area earlier in the year.

A massive thanks from all at the club goes to DBI, Sam Fowles and Nigel Cole for making all of this happen.

Want to know more about DBI? Head to designbuildinternational.co.uk

Take a look at our car park before and after

The Binfield FC badge. Photo: Neil Graham.

Match Preview: Westfield – Away

Westfield F.C._logo

The Moles are onto their last stop on their road trip with a trip to Woking to play Westfield FC in the Pitching In Isthmian League South Central Division One.

Matchday: Tuesday 8th November
Kickoff: 7:45pm

About Westfield FC

Westfield FC play in the Westfield area of Woking, Surrey. They were founded in 1953 as Westfields Boys Club. The club played in the Combined Counties from 1980 until 2018 when they were promoted to the Isthmian League South Central Division One.

In their first season, they finished fifth and qualified for the end of the seasons play-offs. They lost in the play-off semi-final 2-1 to our neighbours Bracknell Town. After the two seasons abandoned due to Covid, they finished 16th in the league last season.

Head to Head vs Westfield FC

Last season, the Moles beat Westfield 3-0 at Hill Farm Lane and then drew 1-1 at Woking Park.

Where do Westfield FC play?

Westfield play their home games at Woking Park, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9BA. Their ground is just across from Woking FCs Kingfield Stadium.