12 September 2020
Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary
Binfield 5 AFC Totton 1 (report by David Wright)
Binfield hammered AFC Totton 5-1 after what must rank as one of the best FA Cup performances in the club's history. The magical Moles were far too good for their Southern League Division One South opponents on Saturday, outsmarting them in all departments and they could quite easily have won by an even wider margin.
Inspirational skipper Sean Moore and recent-signing Ollie Harris shared four goals with centre-back Liam Gavin adding the other in this highly-entertaining preliminary round tie which attracted a crowd of 220 to a sunny Hill Farm Lane. Binfield might well have scored the quickest FA Cup goal of the day as there were less than 20 seconds on the clock when they were celebrating Moore's smarty-taken opener, the skipper sending the ball out to right to Asa Povey and then racing in at the near post to meet his cross.
But three minutes later the scores were level, with Craig Feeney hitting a vicious deflected shot from near the edge of the area over
keeper Chris Grace. Binfield were forced to make a change after 24 minutes when striker Adam Cornell was forced off with a groin injury and replaced by young-attacking midfielder Joel Valentin. For a short time, Totton started to look more like a side from Step 4, but the uhlsport Hellenic League hosts raised their game and regained the lead in the 35th minute when Harris strode through and kept his composure to plant the ball low into the net.
They went further ahead three minutes before half-time. Moore was brought down by keeper Amaduesz Skrzyniarz and Harris, a close-season signing, made no mistake from the penalty spot, finding the bottom left-hand corner. The stunned Stags made two substitutions for the second half to
bolster their attack, but they failed to make a difference as they were unable to break down a solid home defence, where Gavin was a
shining beacon. And it was the big centre-back who made it 4-1 on 52 minutes. He found space for himself just outside the far post as the ball was headed on from a right-wing corner, Gavin smashing it home with his left foot.
The buzzing Moles were now playing with the utmost confidence and Totton could simply not live with them with Povey giving the visitors a lesson in a wide man's duties, looking to attack at every opportunity whilst also being willing to race back to assist his defence. Moore twice went close before adding the fifth goal in the 75th minute when he brilliantly lobbed the out-of-position Skrzyniarz from more than 30 yards - a classy goal to cap a classy performance, Soon afterwards the Hampshire side were reduced to 10 men with half-time substitute Ethan Taylor being shown two yellow cards by referee Luis Nunes in less than 15 minutes.
The hat-trick seeking Harris was only inches away from getting on the end of Elliot Legg's left-wing cross as the super-fit Moles maintained
a high work rate right to the final whistle.
It was certainly a day to remember for the Binfield club, particularly new joint managers Jamie McClurg and Carl Withers, whilst former team bosses Roger Herridge and Mark Tallentire looked on with admiration from close to their old seats in the dug-out.
Risborough Rangers 2 Winslow United 1
Risborough Rangers progressed into the First Qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history with this narrow win over local rivals Winslow United. An injury time winner from skipper Joel Read saved this tantalising cup tie from being decided on penalties. It would have been a travesty to decide a game like this in a shoot-out, after both teams gave it their all.
Winslow came out strongly and had Rangers on the back foot for the first 10 minutes and could have taken a first minute lead with Jack Brooker making a good save when faced with a one on one. Minutes later he was in action again, dealing with a long range effort from outside the area by Kedzierski. On 10 minutes he again saved well at the feet of Winslow's Woolley. Rangers early nerves began to settle with Alex Sethie making some great challenges at the back to calm his side. The home team began to create chances of their own when Asher Yearwood went through on goal, only to be called back for offside. It was a close call! Soon after, Yearwood set up Adam Morris whose stinging shot was well held by Lee Parrack in the United goal. Morris again tested the keeper with a smart effort after been tee'd up by Brian Haule. It was Rangers' turn to be on top now and Marcus Wyllie's strike was brilliantly blocked by the impressive Winslow skipper Freshwater, before Yearwood's cross was tipped off the head of Wyllie by Parrack. Haule's follow up was just over.Half hour in and a wicked Ben Hammond corner flashed across the Winslow area through a melee of legs. It was during this spell of pressure that the visitors took the lead in the 34th minute with a superb break and finish. Hussey cleared from near his corner post. Three passes later and Aaron King's great first touch and even better strike gave Brooker no chance. Five minutes from the break and Read should have leveled things when heading over at the far post. It looked easier to score. There were a couple of half chances for Gary Rymer and Wyllie before the referee blew for the break.
If the first half had been fairly even, the second half belonged to Rangers. 47th minute and Wyllie headed wide after Read flicked on a long throw. Soon after, Rymer should have scored when he headed over Morris's cross. 15 minutes after the restart though and Rangers were level. Justin Gordon's deep free kick was headed back across the Winlow goal by Read. The hapless Freshwater helped it on and last season's top scorer Brian Haule had the simplest job of heading the equaliser. Incidentally it was Haule that scored two of Aylesbury FC's three goals against Rangers in their last appearance in this round in 2015 at the BEP. Five minutes later and Wyllie was in with just the keeper to beat and shoots over. Next, Morris picks out Davis Haule on the edge of the Winslow area and his great strike drifts just wide of Parrack's post. Josh Fox also shoots just wide from a good position as Rangers continue to search for a winner. A brief moment for Winslow as Shaun Coles ' clever dribble and shot is saved by the feet of Brooker. Rangers break and a great run by Fox sets up Wyllie whose shot is blocked well by a despairing tackle to send the ball spinning over the bar. Morris is then denied at the near post by a good save. It wouldn't be too unkind to say that the visitors were hanging on now, as Rangers piled on the pressure. The game was two minutes in to time added on when Read got his winner. Morris' corner was drilled across and Read rose to meet it, his header flying goal-ward forcing a desperate block on the goal-line. The rebound came straight back to Read who slammed home from seven yards to send the Rangers fans and players into celebration mode. Soon after the restart Sam Pekun could have added a third when he cut inside his marker, but shot across the face of goal. Winslow were not done yet though and deep in injury time King could have sent the game to penalties but Brooker was equal to the task, saving from close range. Finally the referee Mr. Adam Jackson, who had an excellent game, blew his whistle to the relief of the Rangers support.
It was a deserved win for Rangers against a very good side and they have it all to do again next Saturday, this time at Winslow, when they square up again in the FA Vase! Meanwhile, Rangers begin their league campaign on Tuesday night when they face Langley at the BEP stadium as they look to repeat last seasons fantastic record.
Rangers of the Match: Adam Morris. 'Mozza' was at the heart of most of Ranger's moves. His non stop energy kept the rest on their toes and his range of passing was second to none.
Westfields 2 Whitchurch Alport 0
Westfields continued their impressive start to the season with another 2-0 home win in the FA Cup on Saturday when they followed on from their victory over Brocton in the previous round to beat visiting Whitchurch Alport by the same score. Westfields could have easily won more comfortably had it not been for the agility of the Whitchurch Alport goalkeeper Krystaine Burzynski who performed heroics in the visitors’ goal.
Westfields started at a cracking pace with neat tidy football and took the lead in the 18th minute when Ben Miller blasted home from outside the penalty area a sizzling shot which flew into the top corner of the net. Westfields then had a great opportunity to go further ahead when Baidoo King burst through but he was thwarted by a fine save by Burzynski.
Westfields were carving open the big visitors’ defence and it came as no surprise when Westfields scored their second goal from a corner when Baidoo King raced forward and scored with a neat header at the near post. Just before the interval Westfields had another great chance to go further ahead when King went clear through on goal with a one-on-one with the visitors’ keeper who again produced a full-length save to deny Westfields a further goal before the break.
After the interval Westfields played controlled soccer but again it was Burzynski who saved well from King who was a constant threat to the visitors’ defence all afternoon.
Westfields then introduced Sirdic Grant into the attack and he and Dan Stoneman both produced thrilling runs down their respective wings but Westfields could not beat Burzynski as he produced a Man of the Match performance. Westfields also kept a clean sheet although Stephen Sarkodie was rarely troubled in the Westfields goal due to the fine defensive play of the back four of Olly Butler, Joel Edwards, Sam Rawlings and Henry Dyde.
Westfields now go forward to play Bishops Cleeve on Tuesday night in their opening Hellenic League Premier Division game of the season and next Saturday travel to Binfield, again in the Hellenic League Premier Division.
Virginia Water 1-0 Tuffley Rovers
VWFC got their league campaign off to winning start, but not without a real tough battle against a dogged Tuffley side, who had their keeper to thank for keeping the home side at bay. Waters started the better and had most of the chances in both halves, with Jess Atiase seeing a shot cleared off the line, as well as a diving header saved. Liam Whyte saw his header loop just over. We had numerous set piece plays and long throws, all of which threatened, but we could not capitalise on territorial advantage and having the major share of possession.
At the other end, we did appear lethargic in the first half, being caught in possession a few times, one of which produced a great save by Matt Jones in goal, that could have seen Tuffley take a lead, which thank fully did not materialise.
The second half saw the home side dominate, with Jesse clean through on goal but let down by close control, then Josh Hill saw his free kick brilliantly saved by their keeper, who also saved very well from Jake Baker, Paul Burrows and Josh Dillon.Some other chances came and went, as well as a disallowed goal for Adam Mills.
On 71 minutes the deadlock was finally broken after a period of pressure, when a Finn Evered throw was headed on in the penalty area, for the predatory Dale Wright to slot home. As mentioned above, the home side had a number of opportunities to add to their lead, with Casey Bocarro and Joe McBride having great chances, but we failed to capitalise. Our defence was rarely troubled in the second period, indeed Matt only having a free kick to save in the second period. Waters saw out the game safely, and gained a very welcome 3 points ahead of the visit of Shrivenham on Tuesday night.
Virginia Water 1-0 Tuffley Rovers (away view)
Given that they had gone three seasons without a win on the opening day of a Hellenic League Premier Division season it was perhaps no surprise that Tuffley Rovers returned from their long trip to face Virginia Water without any points, but their opening day performance will have given their Caretaker Manager, Rich Cox, reasons to be positive about their fortunes for the season ahead.
An opening day draw at the same venue 12 months previously had seen the visiting side recover from being two goals down at half-time, when a late equaliser restored parity for Rovers. On this occasion, it was a late goal for the hosts that ultimately determined the destination of the three points, as Dale Wright’s finished sealed a 1-0 win for the hosts.
Cox picked a side that saw centre-back pairing Jacob Geddes (16) and Toby Lawrence (17) handed Premier Division debuts, in a defence made up of three players who were under 20 years, alongside Antoine Thompson who was a relative veteran at 33 years of age.
The remainder of the visiting side was made up of players aged 22 and under, with the exception of Rovers’ captain Warren Mann, who is now 32, having made a first team debut at the age of his two debuting team mates and now starting his sixteenth season at the club.
Rovers’ hosts started strongly – as much a fact, as a reflection on their performance, as they were a much bigger side physically – without necessarily troubling their opposition but Cox’s side, showing a keenness to move the ball quickly, bringing wide players Joe Shutt and Jack Beardsell into the game as often as possible, grew into the contest and had the first efforts on goal, albeit distance shots from Dominik Kent and Jake Rhodes that went wide of the Virginia Water goal.
Genuine chances were proving few and far between, but the hosts carry a potent weapon in the form of several players capable of launching a long-throw into the opposition penalty area and Rovers had to defend well on a number of occasions to keep The Water at bay.
The best chance of the first half-hour came 27 minutes in, when Shutt ran through onto an excellent Henry Birkett through ball and crossed but Lewis Bainbridge hit the covering defender, from six yards out, when he might have scored.
Virginia Water then had a golden chance of their own, but Geddes did well to clear the ball off the Rovers’ line, before the teams traded chances, as Birkett shot narrowly wide and then Jake Baker’s diving header drew a save from Luke Merchant, the Rovers keeper.
Half-time came without any score but almost straight after the re-start Geddes once again intervened to good effect, as he made a terrific block tackle when the hosts seemed set to score. Rovers then went on the attack and Beardsell did wonderfully well to beat his man and produce a cross that was only just beyond the reach of Shutt, running in at the far post. Then Jack Rhodes had a free-kick that cannoned off the hosts’ wall before spinning onto the roof of the net, with The Water’s keeper backpedalling furiously.
Merchant then produced a stunning one-handed stop from a free-kick, to keep the scores level, but Rovers were now looking stretched and Cox made a double-substitution, with Harri John and 17-year-old Rudi McKinnon introduced for Shutt and Beardsell in an effort to freshen things up. McKinnon immediately caused problems for the Virginia Water defence, beating his man with ease before seeing his cross volleyed wide by Bainbridge.
With a little over ten minutes remaining, however, the decisive moment of the fixture arrived. The Water had a throw-in on the right of Rovers’ penalty area and very nearly scored, only to be denied by an excellent block from Merchant, before the ball was cleared onto the opposite side. The second long throw-in that followed was then launched in and for the first time all afternoon Rovers failed to stand up to the physical challenge and the ball dropped into the path of Wright, who finished with aplomb to make it 1-0.
Cox then made his final substitution, introducing another youngster, 17-year-old James Sunley, who had starred in the club’s excellent midweek FA Youth Cup win, and although the performances of the youngsters gave plenty of cause for optimism, they were unable to create a clear opportunity on goal and the hosts were able to celebrate a three point haul, whilst Rovers left Stag Meadow with the sort of result that seems to have become their standard opening day fare, yet buoyed by the performances of several promising youngsters that offer promise for a brighter future.
Holyport 3 Thame Rangers 0
Holyport got off to a good start for their league campaign, before the game had even got going there was a strange decision by the referee which saw the dismissal of Jack Woodbridge leaving Holyport to play 80 minutes with ten men.
After a reshuffle and change of game plan from Port, Thame had the majority of possession seeing the hosts looking to hit them on the break using their pace on the wings. Andy Forisky broke the deadlock at 16 minutes with some neat play between himself and Daniel Rapley, leaving him one on one with the keeper, finishing well in the bottom left-hand corner. Port soaked up the pressure well, with Thame failing to make any clear cut chances apart from Forisky heading onto his own post. Holyport extended their lead shortly before half-time with a well taken free kick from Liam Bradley, headed home by Daniel Rapley.
Thame started the second half with a substitution and a change of formation, the game continued in a similar vain to the first half. Holyport defending well and Thame not taking the advantage of the extra man. Holyport extended their lead in the 75th minute with Andy Forisky doing well to put the opposing defence under pressure, winning the ball high up the pitch for Liam Bradley to round the keeper and slot home. Holyport rung the changes, getting fresh legs onto the pitch with Jack Alder, Jamie Wakelin and Jonny Feaver to see the game out with a clean sheet, finishing 3-0.
MOM on his 300th appearance was Lee Ovens
Wokingham & Emmbrook 5 AFC Aldermaston 0 (report by David Wright)
Jake White bagged a hat-trick as Wokingham & Emmbrook began their uhlsport Hellenic League campaign in sensational fashion. The superb Sumas slammed AFC Aldermaston 5-0 in a Division 1 East fixture that was switched from The Rec Soc as originally scheduled to Lowther Road and brought forward to Friday evening.
Aldermaston's defence gave the impression they had got lost en route as they were nowhere to be seen as Sumas raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes. White raced through to open the scoring after five minutes and nine minutes later he nipped in to turn home a perfectly-placed left-wing cross from Josh Harris. Aldermaston started to edge their way into the game, but were unable to make any headway against a solid-looking home defence and fell further into arrears in the 26th minute. Harris floated over a free-kick from the Wokingham's right and Liam Eagle flew in to score at the second attempt from close range. Shortly afterwards, it was 4-0 with Harris setting up the opportunity for Ellis Day. Harris wasted a golden opportunity to put his name on the scoresheet before White's free-kick just outside the area took a wicked deflection off the wall to make it 5-0 on the stroke of half-time. One had to feel sorry for keeper David Lyons, deputising for Iain McCulley, who was instead playing for his Sunday team, Burghfield, in a cup final being played at Reading City's ground.
Not surprisingly, Aldermaston manager Dave Tuttle had some very harsh words to say to his players as they spent half-time sitting around in a circle on the field. And he must have been pleased with the response, as they showed a lot more determination in the second half, although they were not helped by being reduced to 10 men due to a red card for defender Milan Barna 20 minutes from time. They saw plenty of possession, although without creating many clear-cut chances and they failed to force a noteworthy save from home keeper Sean Woodward for the rest of the match. At the other end, there was some relief for Lyons as he received stronger support from his defence although Sumas did waste a few good scoring opportunities. They were even awarded a penalty for a foul committed by Lyons, but substitute James Clarke saw his spot-kick smartly saved by the goalie, who later revealed he had played for much of the game with a cracked rib.
"That's the last one he takes," Sumas' joint-manager Matt Eggleston was heard to say. Fellow team boss Dan Bateman tweeted: "Great start for us tonight. Solid, energetic, sharp, clinical. It's been a long pre-season but the lads to their just rewards tonight for the effort they've put in.
Division One West
Malvern Town 4 Hereford Pegasus 0
Malvern Town made a winning start to the season with a commanding 4-0 victory over local rivals, Hereford Pegasus.
It was the visitors who created the early chances as a free-kick deep into the danger zone was well cleared by Joe Bates before a low strike from Rory Worthing was gathered by Kieron Blackburn. As we started to get into our stride, Harry Clark’s effort was straight at Jason Davies and then a corner found the head of Jay Sauntson at the far post but he was off target.
Some good play from Miles Langford saw him play in Kieran Slatter but the ball ran away from him inside the area and then at the other end, a short corner caused problems as Matt Turner looked to get the ball in from the by-line. The resulting corner saw Clark head home but he was penalised for a foul as the visitors breathed a sigh of relief.
It was something of a frantic start to proceedings as both sides looked to settle and get in their stride.The deadlock was broken on 24 minutes when Lewis Platt broke through only to be brought down by the ‘keeper. Turner stepped up and coolly slotted home to put us in front. With our tails up, a deft header from Turner moments later went inches wide and then the visitors were reduced to ten men when Cameron Peters was dismissed for a late challenge on Loader.
Good energy and pressing on the half-hour mark ended with Platt going close and he was denied again shortly afterwards by a block from the ‘keeper as we started to turn the screw. A great effort from distance by Clark hit the post and went wide as the ‘keeper cleared outside his area.
We were able to double our advantage in stoppage time at the end of the opening period when a sweeping move ended with Platt’s low cross presenting Clark with a simple tap-in from close range to give us a two-goal advantage going into the second half.
Some old-fashioned wing play by Clark saw him win a free-kick out wide but the visitors were able to scramble clear under pressure. An inviting cross from Harry Wickett, on in place of Platt, just evaded Turner as George Hayes went close beyond him, then it was Hayes’ turn to deliver an inviting cross as the ball was cleared ahead of Turner. Just before the hour-mark, Worthing made room for a strike that was well-watched by Blackburn, but we were able to add to our lead when a great ball in from Hayes found Clark at the far post and as the ball deflected into the path of Wickett, he made no mistake.
As we maintained the pressure, Davies in the visitors’ goal almost punched a corner into his own net. A couple of efforts in quick succession from Bates were deflected wide. Firstly his strike from the edge of the area and then from a header from the resulting corner. Great vision by Bates on 75 minutes saw him Wickett away and he forced a corner which was headed narrowly wide by Clark.
As the clock ticked down, Adam Sauntson did well to block from Mark Langford as the visitors broke down their right before Blackburn denied Zac Sirrell. A nice touch from Clark teed up Loader who was well over with his strike, whilst Davies saved well to thwart Bates with five minutes to go. Davies did well again with a great double save to deny Billingham as Nathan Chowns Higgs saw his follow-up blocked. Then the ‘keeper was alert to keep out Clark as we ended with a flourish. Our pressure finally told in stoppage time as Bates lashed in a fourth goal to complete a commanding performance.
Malvern Town: Blackburn, A. Sauntson, Hunt, Harris (Hayes 43), J. Sauntson, Billingham, Bates, Loader, Turner (Chowns Higgs 72), Clark, Platt (Wickett 50). Subs not used: Fusco, Craven.
GOAL(S): Turner (pen), Clark, Wickett