Author: Oliver Cherrill


Guernsey 3-3 Binfield Match Report

The points were shared at the Footes Lane Stadium after an action-packed match in the early kick off.

Binfield were looking to make it three wins on the bounce but started in the worst possible way when Matt Loaring put the hosts ahead through a brilliant chip over Killian Barrett. Guernsey doubled their lead three minutes later through Guernsey’s record goalscorer Ross Allen through a powerful strike.

After some pressure built up by the Moles through set pieces and throws, they pulled a goal back. Luke Wayborn’s long throw caused carnage in the box and eventually after a scramble, Tyler D’Cruz was able to knock it past keeper Josh Addison.

After hitting the top of the crossbar from a free kit, the Moles were level – in bizarre circumstances. The ball was played over the top for Mitch Parker to run onto but the recovery defender Dave Morris managed to get ahead but as he stretched, he could only chip the ball over the stranded Josh Addison and into the back of the net.

Guernsey then had a golden chance to retake the lead but Barrett did well initially to save the initial chance and once the ball was recycled, Guernsey were unable to keep a header down despite being yards out and an open goal to aim for.

The Moles took the lead immediately after the break through the move of the match. Rahzir Smith-Jones released Glenn Gabriel on the left and put in a perfect ball for D’Cruz to get his second of the game and his fourth in three games.

Guernsey levelled the tie again through Sam Murray when he found some space in the box and was able to covert his header home.

Both team had chances to win it. D’Cruz and Parker’s headers were straight at Addison while Allen fired his shot over the bar when in a good position.

Ultimately, a draw is a fair result for both sides and means the Moles are unbeaten in three games for the first time this season. They still remain four points from safety but FOUR massive games at the Iconic Stadium gives them a chance of pulling off the ‘Great Escape!’

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Binfield FC vs Marlow Match Report

Binfield FC’s Isthmian League Play-off Hopes were sunk by a resilient Marlow defence on Tuesday night…

The last home game of the season ended in a one-nil defeat to the hands of Marlow despite a tidal wave on Binfield attacks in the second half.

The first chance of the game fell to Binfield FC’s Brad Pagliaroli who, after initially stumbling, recovered well, cut inside and breezed past two Marlow defenders but he dragged his shot wide of the post.

Binfield FC turned on the pressure with a couple of chances falling to Conor Lynch. The first of which was some great link-up play between Ngunga and Connor Holland who played a beautiful ball across the six-yard area. All it needed was a touch for the ball to fall into the back of the net but Lynch couldn’t quite get there. 

Against the run of play, Marlow took the lead just before the half an hour mark. Nawaf was played through by Simon and he had the composure to take the ball around Harvey Rackley-Hayes and slot the ball into an empty net.

The Moles came close to equalising right on the stroke of Half-Time when George Winser picked the ball in the middle of the Marlow half and had an effort that just went wide of the post.

Bar a few chances early in the half, it was the Moles that played all the football in the second half. Harvey Harry had a great chance to level things up when he was played through down the left but he scuffed his shot and the ball fell into the hands of Aaron Watkins. 

Wave after wave of Binfield FC attacks followed but the resolute Marlow defence stood firm. The closest chance fell to Taylor Morgan. Holland gained possession high up the pitch and found Lynch in the box. He laid it off to Taylor Morgan who looked to place it into the top corner. It looked to be heading it but a fine right hand from Watkins pushed the ball behind for a corner.

Despite the best efforts of the Moles, it finished 1-0 and Marlow who finished the night with a hard-earned clean sheet. The Moles will look to end the season on a high with an away trip to Leatherhead on Saturday and fight to the end of the season.

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Goal-fest at Uxbridge but defeat for Binfield

The Moles suffered defeat on the road against Uxbridge in a goal-fest.

It was a really bright start for the Moles. Connor Holland linked up with Brandon Curtis down the right. Curtis drove towards the byline, taking around Uxbridge’s keeper, and picked out Brad Pagliaroli at the back post who lashed it home. His 11th of the season.

The Moles then had a great chance to double their lead. Harvey Rackley-Hayes’ goal kick was flicked on Liam Gavin, Holland and Curtis which sends Conor Lynch through. He tried to cut back onto his left but the chance was snuffed out by the recovering Uxbridge defenders.

Uxbridge equalised countering from a golden Binfield chance. Pagliaroli slid through Lynch. This time he successfully cut inside but his shot was fired straight at Tyler Tobin. The ball fell to Jonny Denton on the edge of the box but he couldn’t get his shot away. Uxbridge then countered, won a corner and from this, Luke Paris was able to send his header over Rackley-Hayes.

Within a minute the Moles were back ahead. Rackley-Hayes making up for his previous error as his ball found Lynch who used the bounce to chip it over Tobin and into the net. That was also his 11th of the season.

Uxbridge then responded strongly, driving down the left and Rackley-Hayes was caught in no-man’s land. The ball seemed to appear to be rolling into an empty net but for the recovering Massimo Giamattei who somehow managed to turn it around the post. Rackley-Hayes then pulled out an outstanding save down to his left. From the following corner, the Uxbridge pressure became too much and Aaron Minhas headed it in to round off a crazy half an hour.

The rest of the first-half could’ve been seen as a ‘bore-fest’ compared to the first thirty minutes but neither side were able to create a clear chance.

Uxbridge started the second half well and a set-piece led to a penalty when Winser bought down the Uxbridge man. Alex Witham successfully converting from the spot.
Uxbridge then had two penalties in the space of four minutes when Witham was brought down as he tried to get his shot away. He was able to pick himself up and slot the ball down the middle to put Uxbridge two ahead.

Binfield pushed hard but struggled to create any real chances against a resolute Uxbridge defence. Steve Ngunga came close was his free kick clipped the top of the bar. The Moles were able to pull one back when Pagliaroli’s cross fell to Gavin and he slotted home – but ultimately it was to no avail.

Four set-pieces ultimately costing the Moles the victory and means play-offs chances are out of their hands. They go again on Monday against fellow play-off hopefuls Marlow, looking to finish a tough week strong.

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Binfield FC 1-2 Westfield FC – Match Report

Match Report – Binfield’s last 10 minute push is no avail as Westfield claim all three points at Hill Farm Lane. 

Both teams were looking for their first win in five games which perhaps explained the cagey and scrappy nature of the football in the first half an hour.

Binfield grew into the game and seemed to gain control of proceedings but they went behind on 36 minutes when Samir Bajja found space in the middle of the park a slid through Didi Ndombe. He held his run to beat the Binfield high line and slotted it past Harvey Rackley-Hayes. 

Then something you don’t see too often. Westfield’s Niran Butler plays the ball back to Wheeler but the ball bobbles over his foot after being closed down by Conor Lynch. Wheeler then dives onto the ball and Binfield get an indirect free kick in the Westfield box. Harrison Bayley laid the ball off to Brandon Curtis but his shot was well-blocked.

Binfield’s best chance of the half came on the brink of half-time when Brandon Curtis’ corner just falls over the crossbar.

Westfield doubled their lead when NDombe intercepted Rackley-Hayes’ throw and then was able to finish over the top of the Moles keeper.

Conor Lynch trying to pull a goal back for the Moles…

The Moles had a great opportunity to pull a goal back when Luke Brophy’s free kick found Liam Gavin but he couldn’t get his header on target. The three Moles substitutions chanced the tide of the game. The Binfield of old returned in the last 10 minutes with James Beauchamp sliding in Taylor Morgan but he couldn’t quite finish past the keeper. Then Harvey Harry won a free kick on the edge of the box which led to a goal mouth scramble with both Kai Hobbs and Lewis Pegg’s shots being blocked.

The Moles’ pressure eventually paid off in added time when Brad Pagliaroli picked out James Beauchamp whose brave header found the back of the net but it wasn’t enough.

Although it’s no win in five for the Moles, they can take great confidence from the last ten minutes which they will look to take with them for Tuesday’s home tie against Hanworth Villa as the play-off spot still in their hands.

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Guernsey turn it around to take all three points against the Moles

Guernsey complte the league double over the Moles after Samual Murray’s 90th minute winner.

Just 10 days after the sides met previously, Binfield and Guernsey locked horns again at Hill Farm Lane. The Moles started brightly and took the lead on 10 minutes through Connor Holland. Brad Pagliaroli slid in Holland who ran around the keeper and slotted it under the recovering Guernsey defenders.

Binfield controlled the majority of the first half and exploited the Guernsey high line. Conor Lynch got through a couple of times but both times the recovering Guernsey defence did well and he couldn’t find the target with the latter.

Guernsey had a couple of good chances to level proceedings in the first half but Harvey Rackley-Hayes palmed both away for corners. Binfield then had a great chance to go two ahead heading into the break when Harrison Bayley’s effort looked destined for the top corner but a top-quality save from Joshua Addison tipped the ball over the bar.

The Moles started the second half as they finished the first with Brad Pagliaroli hitting the bar from the edge of the box. Binfield debutant Steve Ngunga then put in a great cross but Liam Gavin couldn’t get his shot away.

Guernsey’s equaliser came on the hour mark when a great free kick was met by Ross Allen and his volley found the top left corner. The game then became stretched with Binfield who were looking to gain all three points for the first time in 4 games but Guernsey always looked dangerous on the counter attack.

Their winner came in the 90th minute, when Samual Murray dispossessed Rackley-Hayes and ran the ball into the empty net.

The Moles are back at Hill Farm Lane on Saturday against Westfield looking to turn this difficult patch of form around!

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Binfield 1-1 FC Southall – Match Report

The Moles held at home by Southall despite Lynch on target on his debut.

Binfield’s new striker Conor Lynch scored and impressed on his Binfield debut but it wasn’t enough as Binfield drew one-all against ten-men Southall, putting a dent into their playoff ambitions.

After Tuesday’s defeat to top-of-the-table Basingstoke, the Moles were looking for a response and controlled the game with large parts of possession but struggled to open up the Southall defence. Lewis Pegg’s soft header from Jonny Denton’s corner was Binfield’s best chance of the opening half an hour. Southall’s Luke Henneghan also tested Binfield’s Harvey Rackley-Hayes but it was comfortably dealt with

On 35 minutes, Binfield opened the scoring. Conor Lynch, who was announced as a Mole less than six hours earlier, closed down Southall’s keeper Beakley Laurencin, dispossessed him and slotted away coolly. Hopefully the first of many for Lynch in Binfield Red.

Binfield had a golden opportunity to double their lead moments later, but Harrison Bayley couldn’t quite find the target from a terrific ball.

Southall FC got their deserved equaliser right on the stroke of half time when Jaden Thompson-Brissett was played through in-behind but both Kai Hobbs and Liam Gavin initially dealt with it really well. However, the loose ball was picked up by Luke Henneghan who superbly chipped the ball over Rackley-Hayes and into the back of the net.

Whilst the team’s were evenly matched in the first half, the Moles stepped it up in the second and controlled the match. They had a great chance to re-take the lead on the hour mark when James Beauchamp and Connor Holland linked up as the ball came into the box. The ball fell to Lynch but his shot was blocked and the ball ricocheted around the box before eventually being cleared. It was the goalscorer Lynch who could have doubled his tally when Kai Hobbs picked him out with a wonderful cross but he couldn’t quite wrap his foot around the ball and it fell the wrong side of the post.

Then Binfield had a golden opportunity to take all three points. Hobbs picks up the ball and drops the shoulder to get past Henneghan. He then uses both his pace and strength to get on the end of a one-two and looks to strike for goal. He is taken out Kevin Diomande resulting in a penalty to the Moles and Diomande being dismissed for the challenge. Substitute Brad Pagliaroli had the responsibility from the spot but his effort was saved by Laurencin.

The Moles pushed for a winner but the 10 men of Southall stay strong and resilient. It ends a disappointing week for the previously in-form Moles after their 1-0 defeat to Basingstoke on Tuesday but they will be looking to get back to winning ways against Uxbridge under the lights at Hill Farm Lane…

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Binfield’s promotion push alive and well after Bedfont win

Harvey Harry’s double was enough for Binfield to claim all three points against relegation-struggling Bedfont Sports and sends the Moles just a point behind the playoff spots.

After having their last three matches postponed due to the frosty conditions, it was perhaps expected that the first twenty minutes was ‘cagey’ and the game lacked quality. The only opening came when James Beauchamp was put through by Brandon Curtis but his shot could only find the side netting from a tight angle.

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Binfield opened the scoring in the 26th minute. This time Beauchamp turned provider after his run set up Curtis. His shot from the edge of the box could only be parried by Bedfont goalkeeper Joe Ringer and it fell to the path of Harry who blasted it home. His second league goal of the season.

The goal provided the Moles some confidence and they began to find their rhythm. Curtis had a chance to double their lead but his shot from close range was tipped over by Ringer. From the resulting corner, Connor Holland picked out Massimo Giamattei but his volley was met by Ringer’s strong hand.

The Moles were pegged backed right on the stroke of half time when Sam Evans took advantage of Kai Hobbs’ slip and picked out Kafi Anoyke-Boadi who turned the ball in from close range. An equaliser against the run of play.

Match Photos: Bedfont Sports – Away

Binfield’s keeper Harvey Rackley-Hayes turned aside Anoyke-Boadi’s shot at the start of the second half which sparked the Moles into life. Brad Pagliaroli’s run reached the by-line and pulled it back to Holland who couldn’t turn it in and find the target. Then Beauchamp again caused the Bedfont’s defence trouble but his pull back couldn’t be turned in by Pagliaroli.

After waves of attacks by the Moles in an intense five minute spell, the pressure eventually paid off and they found their winner with the best move of the match. After some great build-up play, the ball finds Holland on the left deep into the Bedfont half. He then uses Giamattei on the overlap who puts in a great ball cross the six-yard box. Harvey Harry was there to meet it and was able to do what others couldn’t and turn the ball in from close range – a terrific move by the Moles.

The Moles had twenty minutes to hold out and Bedfont went close when Steve Ngunga blazed over the bar from inside the area. Their best chance came with ten minutes to go when Harrison Bailey’s strike from outside the box rocketed off the frame of the goal and thankfully for the Moles fell to safety and they stayed strong to see the game out. The defensive unit included the addition of Lewis Pegg, who was making his first appearance back for Binfield since he resigned earlier on in the week.

So, plenty of positives for the Moles as they move one point of Chertsey in 5th with multiple games in hand. They are back in action on Tuesday evening against top-of-the-table Basingstoke Town and Hill Farm Lane. Binfield looking to go six game unbeaten against the league’s most in-form team.

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Binfield breeze past Ashford Town

Binfield responded well to conceding a last minute equaliser on Monday against Marlow as they brushed aside Ashford 3-0 and extended their league unbeaten run to five. The Moles started strongly and took the lead inside two minutes when Brad Pagliaroli’s long range effort snuck underneath the Ashford keeper and found the back of the net. 

The moles then doubled their lead inside the first quarter of an hour when Ashford Town’s keeper Fred Chapman got a hand to a low cross but could only put it in the path of James Beauchamp who couldn’t miss, a typical poachers effort. It is worth noting the less said about the celebration the better – the knee slide does need some more work.

Binfield dominated the early proceedings but mid-way through the first half, Rackley-Hayes was called into action pulling off a stunning save from close range to deny Maguire. An incredible save was followed by a period of pressure from Ashford in which Binfield held strong and got through to half-time. 

The game was wrapped up in the 52nd minute when Harvey Harry was played through and brought down inside the box leaving the referee no other option than to point to the spot.

Brad Pagliaroli scores a penality against Ashford Town.

Pagliaroli slotted it home to score his second on the night and his fifth in the league this season. Holland went close to for the moles in the closing stages, clipping the top of the bar from a free kick with the angle going against him.

All in all, a successful and comfortable evening for the Moles. The stretch their unbeaten run to five league games and puts them a point off the playoffs with a game in hand on the teams above. The Moles return to action on Wednesday evening where they face Guernsey at Hill Farm Lane.  

Binfield: 2 (3) – Pagliaroli (5′), Beauchamp (13′), Pagliaroli (53′)
Ashford Town: 0 (0)

Binfield: Rackley-Hayes, Kai Hobbs, Giamattei, Bayley, Gavin, Shaw, Harry, Holland, Beauchamp, Curtis, Pagliaroli
Subs: Denton, Duncan, Mabukwa, Fisher, Reid

Ashford Town: Chapman, Peden, Nzelo, Goulter, Burnham, Osu, Dougan, Ridgley, Brown, Maguire, Iqbal
Subs: Mbengui, Ondo, Yakubu