Day: 26 August 2022

Binfield joint-manager Carl Withers. Photo: Neil Graham.

Watch: Carl Withers on the FA Cup and start to the season

I’m sure most have been enjoying the recent sunshine and the welcome break from football, however for this club so much hard work has been going on behind the scenes improving the ground and we can honestly say it’s never looked better and hope many of you can come along over the course of the season and see for yourselves.

For any manager, reflection is always needed at the end of any season and for us coming off the back of our first season at step 4 finishing 8th would please most, but for us there were a number of games that we felt could and should have gone our way thus pushing us closer to a playoff position, but at times maybe our squad depth let us down and left us thinking what if.  This year we knew we had to improve this, and we believe we have done exactly that bringing in several exciting players, who will add to the incredible foundation that we already have at this football club.

I think we’d both be lying if we said we weren’t happy with the start to our campaign this season, 4 points from 6 in the league, and being in the next round of the FA Cup, which following the draw Monday has provided the club with a fantastic local derby in a week’s time against near neighbours Holyport and one the club, players and staff can all look forward to.  In terms of the league and our bread and butter we find ourselves with a number of tough fixtures over the coming weeks, but we will look forward to these and continue to build on a recent success.

Now watch Withers reaction following the FA Cup win over Kidlington

The FA Youth Cup.

Young Moles chasing FA Youth Cup run

Our young Binfield Allied Counties Youth League side begin their 2022/23 FA Youth Cup campaign next week when Basingstoke Town are the visitors to Hill Farm Lane on Thursday evening.

Binfield received a bye to the Preliminary Round with the fixtures set for Thursday 1st September (7:45pm).

Coach Martin Smith told us a little bit about the side: “This is our first season back in the U18 Allieds League Central division and FA Youth Trophy with a squad of 15,16 and 17 years olds who come from Binfield and local grassroots teams.

“As with the introduction of the U23 team this year under the guidance of Andy Harvey the introduction of  the u18 Allieds allows us to offer a pathway from the Youth section through to U23 and the First Team.

“The squad is managed by Nick White with coaching support from Ade Hone and myself who have all been at the club for over 10 years. In addition, Connor Reeves, who started his playing days at Soccer School progressing through to the First Team has returned to the club to assist in coaching the boys.

“We have a tough opponent in Basingstoke on Thursday, followed on the 5th of September when we start our league campaign away to Fleet Town.”

Binfield squad from: Ellis Smith, Leo Reed, Billy Linnett, Harvey Woodley, Calum Batty, Adam Fielding, George Leakey, Max Hone, Bradley Worsfold, Jack Elliot, Ben Newman, Antonio Pitter, Vincent Lowe, Jake Cook, Benjamin Miller, Joe Reid, Joseph Jacobs, Jamie Smith, George Jones, Martim Ribeiro da Silva, William Thorndike, Thomas Henry, Benjamin Price, Ryan Filkins