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Joe Gater. Photo: Neil Graham.

Host of Binfield first-teamers close to return

Binfield’s first team squad has been a little injury hit of later with goalkeeper Chris Grace the latest on the treatment table.

The Moles stopper has been ably deputised for by Harvey Rackley-Hayes and Zakaria Abdulhadi in recent weeks while manager Garry Haylock has also been without the likes of Kian Duncan and Joe Gater.

An update shared with us said: Joe Gater is now going through three weeks of rehabilitation treatment (funded by the PFA) with the hope of a return to the squad in early January.

Kian Duncan. Photo: Neil Graham.
Kian Duncan. Photo: Neil Graham.

Kian Duncan should hopefully be returning to training next week following his hamstring injury.

Chris Grace also back in training so will be fighting to get his place back very soon.

We are very happy with the strength of the squad and genuinely believe that December will show everyone how serious we are about being in the hunt for the promotion places this season.

Connor Holland. Photo: Neil Graham.

Enjoy a feast of festive football at Binfield FC this Christmas

There’s plenty of football to enjoy at Binfield Football Club over the Christmas period and out the other side as things hot up in the Isthmian League.

The big news anyone wants to know of course is the big festive game at Hill Farm Lane against Basingstoke Town. That one is taking place on Friday 23rd December with a 7:45pm kick-off.

Before that, the Moles host Uxbridge on Saturday 10th December at 3pm – stick around at the club for the England vs France World Cup Quarter Final game on the big screen.

Following that in the New Year, Binfield travel a short distance to Marlow on Monday 2nd January (3pm) followed by Ashford Town at home on Friday 6th January (7:45pm).

Tickets for all these games of course are available online in advance – and you can help a charity in the process! Tickets available below or head to our ticket store here.

Forthcoming fixtures:

Sat 10 Dec Uxbridge (H) League 3pm
Sat 17 Dec Northwood (A)League 3pm
Fri 23 Dec Basingstoke Town (H) League 7.45pm
Mon 2 Jan Marlow (A) League 3pm
Fri 6 Jan Ashford Town (Middx) (H) League 7.30pm
Wed 11 Jan Guernsey (H) League 7.45pm

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Massimo Giamattei’s Binfield goals up for award

Binfield FC midfielder Massimo Giamattei has two goals nominated for Football in Berkshire’s Goal of the Month award.

The former Swindon Town youngster has scored four goals for the Moles this season, all coming in November, with the two nominations coming in games against Hanworth Villa (a 2-2 draw) and Bedfont Sports (a 2-1 win).

There are 15 goals to choose from, but as a loyal Mole the toughest choice you’ll have is which of Massimo’s goals to vote for!

Watch the goals below, and make sure you cast your vote for our man here.

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Match Preview: Uxbridge – Home

Uxbridge FC

Due to the inclement weather and low temperatures, this match has been postponed. New date to be advised.

What better way to get ready for the England / France World Cup game, then with a spot of Mole watching along with a world famous Mole Burger.

And after the game, we will be showing the England / France match in the club house at 7pm.

Matchday: December 10, 2022
Kickoff: 3:00 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 finished in a draw. The home game was goalless whilst the away fixture at the Honeycroft finished 2-2.

Last week, Uxbridge lost 1-0 to Marlow whilst the Moles drew 1-1 with Chipstead thanks to an equalizer from Liam Gavin. The Moles currently sit 7th in the league whilst Uxbridge are six points behind in 12th.

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.

The Binfield FC badge. Photo: Neil Graham.

Binfield U12 Chargers won’t settle for a point

Binfield Chargers took on Spencers Wood, a tough opponent doing well in the league, in a midday kick-off. The pitch was a little wet from the amount of rain we’ve had, but conditions were generally favourable for a good game of football, which we certainly got. With first-choice keeper, Ethan out due to concussion, Tommy “the cat” Spender stepped in admirably between the sticks.

Spencers Wood started the brighter, with their centre forward causing the Charger’s defence all sorts of problems. They looked hungrier, with the Chargers on the back foot during most of the opening 10 mins. Our defence struggled to clear the lines, and when we did get the ball forward it tended to go out for a throw, goal kick or otherwise intercepted. The first wake-up call was Spencers getting the ball in the back of the net with a great piece of play down the right, only for the goal scorer to be a foot offside.

A wake-up call Binfield seemed to ignore. A few mins later a very loud alarm call came – after some pressure down the right, Chargers gave away a soft penalty. Tommy and Nathan had a chat and decided just to pick a side to dive to, and fortunately, Tommy guessed right and produced an inspired save, pushing the ball onto the post and rebounding across the goal like a pinball. Fortunately, Edward responded quickest and got to the ball before a Spencers Wood player cleared it.

After this point, it looked like we were finally getting out-of-bed, but not yet washed and dressed. The Chargers looked a little more dangerous in midfield and were getting more time in their half. However, we still just couldn’t seem to string more than a few passes together, Spencers Wood were pressing hard and more physically in the 50/50s.

At around 17 mins, a long ball out from the back landed favourably for their pacey left winger, who was calm on the ball and drove into the box, forcing a save on his first shot and then scoring from the rebound. A well-taken goal and one Chargers can learn from as was defendable.

Fortunately for Binfield, it was early in the game and despite all their earlier pressure, it was the only goal of the 1st half. The Binfield players didn’t panic, and from then on things started to click. The defence had started to work out the powerful, pacey striker and the direct style of Spencers Wood. Nathan was a good match physically for the striker and started to get the better in their ongoing battles. The Binfield midfield started to retain the ball bringing the forwards into the game. The Spencer Wood keeper suddenly had work to do and made several important saves. At this point in the half, it looked a lot better for the Chargers….

The second half started much as the first had ended, with a much more evenly contested game. Chargers were playing some nice football, passing it around, moving, and finding space. Now it was the turn of the Spencers defence to work the change in the Chargers attack. Wilson was increasingly troubling his marker, buzzing around quickly on the turn and drawing the fouls. Down the centre, Leo and Dhruv started winning there 50/50s. Elbie and Callum down the left brought so much-needed bite in the tackle, which lifted the team. Spencers Wood seemed to have lost some of their swagger, however, still looked dangerous on the counterattack.

As the half wore on, you just got the sense that a goal was coming and that it was more likely from a red shirt, as Binfield were putting passes together with more purpose.

In the final 10 minutes, the Chargers really started to put pressure on, reversing what the first 15 mins were from Spencers Wood. You could see Gill was getting increasingly problematic down the left, jinking it around and crossing into the box – Josh was doing the same down the right. Leo playing in a more forward role was proving a handful, being a recipient of several great crosses and getting shots on target. This didn’t stop Spencers from looking dangerous, but our defence had become a wall, frustrating our opposition.

The breakthrough finally came 5 mins before time. Under increasing pressure, Dhruv’s head from a goal kick to Wilson’s feet who switched player to Gil who fired home an outstanding shot. Finally, a goal and well deserved! It would have felt like a gut punch to Spencers Wood 1-1.

Chargers didn’t want just a draw and were pushing for a winner. A minute later Dhruv – who’d been outstanding winning ball after ball – won another and drove it up the pitch, releasing just before being clattered. The referee rightly played on, Wilson jinxed past around a number of defenders, but probably couldn’t believe his luck that everyone stood off him, leaving him to fire into the bottom corner. 2-1 Chargers!

If the first goal was a punch, the second would have felt like a knock-out blow to Spencers Wood who had played a great game. But it was just the turnaround the Chargers needed in fortunes, with two goals in the last five minutes, marks a great victory and one that will live long in the memory!

Final Score 2-1 – Binfield Chargers. MOTM – Nathan. With special mentions to Tommy “The Cat” and a battling Elbie

Report by Ben Churchill

The Binfield FC badge. Photo: Neil Graham.

U10 Panthers Player of the Match

Thought I’d mention Theo who was our player of the match on Saturday.

Scored two goals of which the second was taken from a short corner and he curled into the top right-hand corner from the edge of the box. To top it off the celebration was equally as good.

Submitted by Simon Andrews (Team Manager)

The Binfield FC badge. Photo: Neil Graham.

Match Preview: Chipstead – Away

After a run of three home games, the Moles start December with an away league game at the NRT Stadium home of Chipstead FC.

Matchday: December 3, 2022
Kickoff: 3:00 pm

About Chipstead FC

The club was founded in 1906 when locals formed a team to play workers from the nearby Netherne Hospital. They joined Surrey Intermediate league in 1962, moved up to the Surrey Premier League in 1982 before joining the Combined Counties in 1986.

They won the league title in 1989-90, were twice runners-up before winning the league again in 2006–07 and were promoted to Division One South of the Isthmian League.

Head To Head

Last season, the Chipstead beat the Moles 2-1 at Hill Farm Lane whilst the away fixture finished 2-2.

Last weekend, Chipstead beat Hanworth Villa away 5-2 whilst the Moles beat Leatherhead 2-1 with a late Brad Pagliaroli penalty. After those games, Chipstead sit 12th in league whilst Binfield sit in the last playoff position in 5th.

Ticket Details

Admission prices;

Adults: £10
Concessions: £7
Children 12-16: £3
Under 12’s : Free

Ground Details

Address: The NRT Stadium, The High Road, Chipstead, Surrey CR5 3SF – directions.

Nearest Train Station: Coulsdon South

Fog - Sutton Common Rovers

Sutton Common Rovers Edge Out Binfield in Fog Fest

Binfield’s Velocity Cup run comes to an end after being edged out by Sutton Common 1-0.

Tyrese Sutherlad’s 48th minute strike was enough to send Sutton Common Rovers through to the next round of the Velocity Cup during a very foggy evening at Hill Farm Lane. Sutherlad cut inside from the edge of the box and his shot went through goalkeeper Abdulhadi, who came in for the injured Chris Grace, and found the back of the net. It was one of the very few chances in the game.

The first half was more like a game a chess – both teams trying to break each other down. Binfield had the better of the chances, the best when Efedje showing great skill to get to the byline but Beauchamp couldn’t quite turn it in. Efedje was then the creator again but this time down the right. His ball was pulled back into a dangerous area but all three Binfield players couldn’t get their shot away and the chance was snuffed out.

Sutton Common came out the better team in the second half and arguably should’ve been 2-3 goals up had it not been for some outstanding defending by Lewis Pegg. Five substitutions in 20 minutes for the Moles tried to turn the tie but it was Sutton who had another great chance to put the tie to bed when they went through one-on-one. But Abdulhadi did enough as Sutton’s forward put it just past the post.

As the fog fell heavily, Binfield’s big chance finally came very late on but Beauchamp couldn’t convert and send the tie to penalties. So, Sutton Common Rovers go through to play Leatherhead next week. As for the Moles, they will now solely focus on the Isthmian League where they will travel to Chipstead on Saturday.

Match report by Ollie Cherrill

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Bayley debut, u23s cup exit and Pagliaroli leaves it late

A late show for Binfield’s men’s First Team this week as Brad Pagliaroli sealed a second three points in a row from the penalty spot in the 90th minute against Leatherhead.

Connor Holland had put the Moles ahead after 4 minutes of the Isthmian League South Central Division One tie but Maxwell Mullins pegged them back on 23 minutes.

On the hour the Moles were in a bit of trouble as goalkeeper Chris Grace was forced off, replaced by Zakaria Abdulhadi in the sticks.

There was a second debut for Harrison Bayley in the game but fellow new signing Will Shaw remained an unused sub for the tie that became a sea of red in the final moments following Pagliaroli’s spot kick as Leatherhead’s Oluwafikay Atewologun and Samir Bajja were both sent off.

Binfield under 23s remain top of the Thames Valley Premier League Division Three but lost their first game of the season at Burghfield Reserves in the First Round of the Berkshire Trophy Centre Intermediate Cup.

The young Moles were up against a side a division above them and a couple of experienced faces in the cup tie including former Thatcham Town full-back Paul Taplin as well as much travelled forward Lorenzo Medford so shouldn’t be too down-hearted at a 1-0 defeat.

There was no game again this week for the Allied Counties Moles who’ll resume their campaign this week.

What’s coming up for Binfield this week?

Speaking of which, the Allied’s are finally back in action on Thursday night as they host Frimley Green at Hill Farm Lane.

There’s further midweek action on Monday night as the men’s First Team welcome Sutton Common Rovers for a Velocity Trophy Third Round tie. There’s a preview for that here and tickets can be bought in advance here.

To the weekend and on Saturday the u23s are off to AFC Winkfield Reserves in the TVPL Division Three while the First Team travel to Chipstead in Surrey for a 3pm kick off in the Isthmian League.

Mon 28th Nov: Binfield Firsts vs Sutton Common Rovers (7:45pm)

Thurs 1st Dec: Binfield u18s vs Frimley Green (7:45pm)

Sat 3rd Dec: AFC Winkfield Reserves vs Binfield u23s (2pm)

Sat 3rd Dec: Chipstead vs Binfield First (3pm)

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Match Preview: Sutton Common Rovers FC – Home

Sutton Common Rovers

Due to England playing Wales in the World Cup, the Moles are straight back in action with their second home game in three days with a home match against Sutton Common Rovers in the Velocity Trophy.

Matchday: November 28, 2022
Kickoff: 7:45 PM

About Sutton Common Rovers

Sutton Common Rovers were founded in 1978 as Inrad F.C and went through several name changes before they settled on their current name. The club started playing Saturday League football in 2004-5 and progressed into the Combined Counties league in 2007. They narrowly missed promotion in their debut session but were promoted to the Premier Division the following year.

After finishing second in the league behind Chertsey Town, they were promoted to Isthmian league in 2021/22. This also coincided with them reaching the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing a reply to Jersey Bulls.

Head To Head

The Moles beat SCR 3-2 at home in the league this season. Last season, the home match was a 1-1 draw whilst the away match was a 3-2 defeat. Currently, SCR sit 14th in the league after losing on Saturday 2-1 to Ashford Town (Middx) whilst the Moles are 5th after their late 2-1 win over Leatherhead.

To get to this round, Binfield defeated Marlow 3-0 at home then beat Basingstoke Town 2-0 away. SCR beat Crawley based Three Bridges 4-3 on penalties. The winners will play Leatherhead who beat Kingstonian 2-1.

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

Address: Hill Farm Lane, Bracknell RG42 5NR

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.

Will Shaw. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com

Will Shaw back in a Binfield FC shirt

A busy day at Hill Farm Lane as Binfield are pleased to announce a second signing.

Will Shaw will certainly be a familiar face to many having first appeared in a Moles shirt in the 2017/18 season when he joined from Basingstoke Town.

He left for pastures new during the 2019/20 season and has gone on to feature for Eversley & California FC, Penn & Tyler’s FC, Wokingham & Emmbrook FC and Sheerwater .

Andy Cotton said “Will is A versatile left sided player , technically good , he is quick and has an eye for goal. He returns a much more experienced player who will no doubt relish his chance to shine at a higher level and we are delighted to have him back at the club.”

Next up for the Moles, it’s the small matter of Leatherhead at home as we look to build on Tuesday night’s terrific 4-1 league win over Tooting & Mitcham United. Tickets are available in advance here.

Alec Lloyd presents Harrison Bayley with a player of the month award during his previous spell with the Moles.

Harrison Bayley returns to Binfield FC

Binfield FC are delighted to announce the signing of Harrison Bayley to bolster our Isthmian League squad.

Bayley, most recently with Hungerford Town in the Vanarama National League South, played for the Moles nine times during the 2016/17 season, winning a Player of the Month award in the process.

Since then, the popular midfielder has won the FA Vase with Thatcham Town, played for Bracknell Town, Hartley Wintney and Marlow as well as playing regularly in the National League with the Crusaders.

Binfield chairman Andy Cotton said of Bayley’s return: “The club is delighted to have signed Harrison Bayley and see him return back with the Moles – a truly exceptional player, Harrison’s experience will add real quality to our already formidable young squad – welcome back to Hill Farm Lane Harrison.”

Binfield would like to thank to Hungerford Town and Hartley Wintney for their help in getting Harrison registered in time for the weekend.

Next up for the Moles, it’s the small matter of Leatherhead at home as we look to build on Tuesday night’s terrific 4-1 league win over Tooting & Mitcham United. Tickets are available in advance here.

Pitch Improvements

Where do Binfield FC play?

Binfield Football Club is home to hundreds of young footballers across Bracknell Forest and includes youth and senior teams.

But where do the Moles call home? Well, that’s a fairly straightforward question to answer in that it’s the smart-looking Hill Farm Lane ground on the outskirts of the village.

The club’s address is Binfield FC, Hill Farm Lane, Bracknell RG42 5NR. What3Words fans should search bath.topic.vocal or click here.

The ground, sometimes mistakenly called Stubbs Hill – the name of a road that runs down the side of the ground, sits just off Hill Farm Lane in Binfield which itself is accessed via the B3018 (Church Lane).

The facility includes three football pitches, a superb clubhouse and bar as well as changing rooms, a medical area and tea bar.

If you’d like to come and experience a Moles matchday, why not check out the First Team fixtures here.

How far is the ground from Binfield village?

Hill Farm Lane is a 20-minute walk from the centre of Binfield village or a brief three-minute car journey.

It is an eight-minute drive from the nearest railway station in Bracknell town centre.

The nearest bus stop to the ground is on Church Lane and is served by the 151 and 151A Thames Valley Bus service which travels between Bracknell Bus Station and Wokingham Station. More details on the bus route here.

Is there parking at Binfield FC

If entry into Binfield Football Club feels a little narrow with a country lane or two thrown in for good measure, then you’ll be delighted to hear the club boasts an ample car park with plenty of spaces, including a few more recently added following the removal of a ‘mole hill’.