Day: 6 September 2023

Match Preview: Ashford United FC – Away

Ashford United

Following on from our heart-breaking 1-0 defeat against Northwood FC in the FA Cup, we now follow that up with an away game against Ashford United FC in the FA Trophy.

Matchday: Sunday September 10th, 2023
Kickoff: 3 pm

About Ashford United FC

The ‘new’ United was formed in 2011, resurrecting the name used by the town’s football club between 1891 and 1907. Following the demise of the original Ashford United club in 1907 and through to 1928 Ashford was represented by Ashford Railway Works FC and after that between 1930 and 2010 by Ashford Town F.C.

Ashford United are currently members of the Isthmian League South East Division following their record-breaking promotion from the Southern Counties East Football League in the 2016–17 season.

This Season

Ashford United currently sit 7th in the Isthmian League South East Division with two wins. They were knocked out of the FA Cup in the Preliminary Round by Beckenham Town – a team that knocked the Moles out of last season FA Cup.

Tickets

Prices are;

  • Adults: £10
  • Concessions: £5
  • U16s: Free

About The Sports Ground

This game is being played at The Sports Ground, home of Chatham Town FC. Directions can be found on the Chatham Town website.

Address: The Sports Ground, Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 6LR
Nearest Station: Chatham

Binfield FC fall short through last minute FA Cup goal

Binfield’s FA Cup run comes to an end in heartbreaking fashion after a 91st minute Northwood winner by Carl Stewart.

For the third time in eight days, the Moles clashed with Northwood at the Skyline Roofing Stadium and started brightly with Noah Chengun’s attempted overhead kick blocked and Troy Murray’s effort from the edge of the box tested Andrew McCorkell. Northwood then had a good opportunity to open proceedings but Harvey Rackley-Hayes denied Kofi Anokye-Boadi.

The Moles then had a good spell midway through the first half and were presented a golden opportunity to take the lead when Ben Stallard latched onto a short back pass. He picked the bottom right corner but a great save from McCorkell denied Stallard and the ball went out for a corner. He was denied again minutes later after some great play from Rechan Esprit.

Northwood then should’ve gone head before half time when Osaretin Otote had a free header at the back post but Rackley-Hayes did well to deny him.

The second half was full of chances for both teams. Northwood went close through Deago Dunbar-Bonnie and Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway. On 73 minutes it looked like they were going to take the lead after Rackley-Hayes pulls out a great stop to deny Daniel Williams and the ball fell to Dunbar-Bonnie but an unbelievable tackle from Liam Campbell prevented the shot.

The Moles then had another great chance to make it into the next round when the ball broke to Finn Harvey but McCorkell did well again to deny him and moments later Murray’s effort his the side netting.

After hitting the post, Northwood broke the deadlock in the 91st minute when a ball over the top played through Dan Williams who was able to control the ball well against an oncoming Rackley-Hayes and was able to set up Carl Stewart who put it into an empty net.

So the Moles FA Cup run comes to an end after some valiant performances against Northwood. They go again in the FA Trophy on Sunday away to Ashford United.

FA Trophy

Binfield and the FA Trophy

Did you know that this is only the third season that the Moles have been competing in the FA Trophy? The FA Trophy is for teams competing in Steps 1–4 of the National League System so we only entered it following our promotion to the Isthmian League South Central Division in the 2021/22 season.

As we now start our journey in this years FA Trophy, we take a look back at how we got on in the FA Trophy in the last 2 seasons.

2021-22 Season

Our first ever game in the FA Trophy was away to North Leigh in the 2nd qualifying round. The game finished 2-2 with The Moles coming back from being 2-0 down after 20 minutes. We progressed through to the next round with a 4-1 win in the penalty shootout.

In the 3rd qualifying round, we were drawn away to Herne Bay. In front of a crowd of 260, the Moles won 2-0 to qualify for the first round. The Moles drew Cinderford Town for their first FA Trophy home game. They came away as 3-0 winners to continue their impressive debut FA Trophy season.

In the second round, The Moles were drawn at home against Truro City. The Moles were 3-0 down by half-time and despite second half goal from Ollie Harris and Josh Howell, it couldn’t stop The Moles from exiting the FA Trophy.

2022-23 Season

Our 2022-23 FA Trophy run started with an away game against Marlow Town FC.  First half goals came from Johnny Efedje and Jonathan Denton and there were two more in the second half from Sean Moore and Brandon Curtis. A strong performance had The Moles winning 4-0.

In the 2nd qualifying round, The Moles had yet another away cup game – this time away to Thame United. Roger Herridge’s first match in caretaker charge saw Binfield overcome Thame United thanks to goals from James Beauchamp and Taylor Morgan. The game finished 2-1 to The Moles.

In the 3rd qualifying round, The Moles drew Hendon away. In a tight game which finished 0-0, The Moles progressed with a 5-4 win on penalties.

Progressing through to the 1st round proper, The Moles had the long trip to Tavistock AFC. The Moles were 2-0 down after 30 mins and despite a late goal from James Beauchamp, they were unable to close the gap and lost 2-1.

2023-24 Season

In this years FA Trophy, we have drawn Ashford United away. The game will be played on Sunday 10th Sept at 3pm at Chatham Town FC. Come down and see how far The Moles can progress this season.