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500 Games For Binfield Stalwart - 18 October

Carl Withers should make his 500th Binfield appearance over 14 seasons on Monday 19 October in a derby game at home to Bracknell Town.

The Moles longest serving player, Carl Withers, made his 499th Binfield appearance (in competitive matches) in Saturday's 3-2 win at Highworth Town, setting him up for a 500th appearance in Monday Night's Hill Farm Lane local derby with Bracknell Town.

Carl's in his 14th season with the Moles and is extending his own probably record appearance count - a feat that's unlikely to be matched for some time to come, especially given that the next highest appearance maker in the current squad is Jemel Johnson on 130 - only Callum Whitty would be likely to get close should he come back at some point, with 399 appearances to his name. In fact the new squad formed for the start of this season had less appearances in total, than Withers as this season kicked off.

The only uncertainty around Withers' record comes as the Moles don't have appearance records for their history. So players such as Moles stalwhart Al Mitchell, who first appeared for the club at age 14 in a footballing career spanning 40+ years, may have a similar number.

Returning to the Moles in September after a brief switch to Flackwell Heath, Carl's back in the starting line up and playing well - typically setting up the Moles winner in Saturday's match in another fine performance. Monday night should see him set this incredible milestone and the Moles will be hoping for a bumper Monday Night Football attendance, to help mark the occasion.

 

Knight Binfield's Player of the Month - 4 October

James Knight won a tight vote by just one, from a month where a few different players featured in the voting.

james knight binfield player of monthPictured receiving his award from Alex Lloyd before the win over Abingdon United, the Moles only player to start every match so far this season, the Moles midfielder's brought extra quality on the ball to Binfield, since joining from Marlow in the summer.

Starting the month in the midfield, James came close to his first Binfield goal in the first match of the month, when he rattled the underside of the bar from 25 yards, with what could have proved to have taken the Moles through in the FA Vase at Royal Wootton Bassett, but the team went on to lose in a replay after drawing on that day.

After a slight dip in form, the team finished the month strongly with three consecutive wins, with Knight featuring strongly in each match and rarely far from thoughts when considering man of the match.

Hopefully the start of a long and successful career with Binfield FC, James follows keeper, Nathan Silver, who won the August award.

 

Top Six Target - 7 August

roger herridge hellenic footballRoger Herridge still has his sights set on a top six finish for Binfield this season, despite undergoing the most challenging pre-season of his managerial career.

The Moles boss has been powerless to prevent several players leaving the club and has worked non stop through summer to replace them. Dan Weait, Seb Bowerman and Carl Withers have joined Flackwell Heath, whilst Callum Whitty, Dave Woozley, Gary Callaway and Ian Davies have also departed Hill Farm Lane. Herridge has had to recruit within Binfield's means and it is a youthful looking squad that he takes into the season opener at home to Ardley United on Saturday, with Jemel Johnson the only Binfield player over the age of 24.

The Moles boss admits it's been a difficult few months but it hasn't dampened his enthusiasm for the new season, and he still believes his side are good enough to be competitive. “We're targetting a top six finish,” he said. “It's a young squad and there's been a lot of change but football is a results business and I see no reason why we can't achieve that. It's been my first close season in charge of Binfield and I'd have to say it's been one of the most challenging pre-season's I've had. It's been a summer of transition and even though I expected it, there has still been a few surprises along the way. Everyone knows Binfield have had a nucleus to the side for the past few years and that it was going to be a big summer. I didn't think it would change to this extent but it has and we've tried to react to that. We drew up a list of targets and as usual, we got some and we missed out on some.”

He continued: “I'm excited by the squad we've put together. It's a young squad but with real potential. We're still looking to strengthen in a few areas but I'm very happy with what we've got so far. There's a few players that will have to learn quickly but I've made them aware of what I expect and I think we're good enough to finish in the top six. Winning a couple of FA Cup or FA Vase games plus winning a cup would be a good achievement as well.”

It's a difficult start for Binfield, with seven games in 23 days throughout August. The first two matches are against Ardley United and Thame United, who both finished in the top six last season. Herridge admits it's a difficult start but says it's a good chance to lay down a marker for the upcoming season. “It certainly could've been an easier start,” said the Moles boss. “Ardley are always an experienced side and they'll give us a very good test. But you've got to play every team at some point in the season so it doesn't make a huge difference. It's a chance to show what we're capable of and Ardley will be looking at it as a tricky fixture themselves.”

 

Further Signings For Moles - 19 July

Two more signings confirmed in the last couple of days as the Moles add a central defender with good pedigree and a box to box midfielder to their ranks.

Jordan Polston signs to play under Roger Herridge once again after has recently returned to the area after spending 4 years away at University in Plymouth. A central midfielder with good technical ability and very comfortable on the ball, he has good engine too - a real box to box player. Jordan played in Roger's Allied Counties Youth side at Wokingham before going off to Uni. Rumour has it that Jordans father, ex Tottenham and Norwich centre half is considering coming out of retirement to play with Jordan in this new look Binfield side.

The other player to sign was defender Read Brown.

 

Two Attacking Players Become Moles - 16 July

Khalid Senussi hellenic footballKhalid Senussi (left) has joined the Moles after an excellent season at neighbours Bracknell Town last time around. The 21 year old winger has pace, the ability to beat players and offers good quality from wide areas. As a youth Khalid played in the same Allied Counties side as Jordan Polston before he too broke into the first team squad at Wokingham & Emmbrook under Roger Herridge.

Seve Mayberry hellenic footballOn his new signing, Roger commented "Khalid has matured as a player over the last season and will only get better over the next few seasons."

Also signed yesterday was Seve Mayberry. The 23 year old forward (pictured right) joined from local football for the last year after leaving Marlow FC. Prior to that Seve was at Henley Town as a youth and on into their 1st team, during which time he scored a super solo effort at Hill Farm Lane in January 2012. Seve has represented Oxfordshire at county level and is also a FA Level 2 qualified coach.

Binfield FC are delighted to welcome both Seve and Khalid.

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