Date Published: Saturday, February 25th 2012
James Suarez 90+2
OG 12, Bartley 30, 51, Piercy 35, Witt 90
Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division - 25th February 2012
A Hellenic horrow show from the Moles ended with Reading Town gaining revenge for being dumped out of three different cup competitions this season by Binfield. But adding this win to their home win over Binfield back in September will have pleased Mark Bartley and his side.
A much improved Town side were quicker out of the blocks as Binfield started slowly and never really recovered. With Chris Hatton the best midfielder on the day and Michael Bartley enjoying his best game for Town this season according to several regular watchers, Town had the upper hand for most of the match.
By the time the fortunate first goal went in from Dan Weait's punch clear straight onto Paul Shone and into the Moles net from a corner, Town had already had a couple of decent chances, especially when Ben Gladwin flashed in a shot that Weait pushed round the post.
Without ever reaching the standards normally set by the Moles, they did though have three good chances to draw level with the score at 1-0. In their best move of the match and their first significant threat, Danny Wing and Carl Davies combined to set James Suarez for a shot from the edge of the area, but ONeal Garnes did well at full stretch to his left, to push it around for a corner.
From the corner, Moles captain Garry Callaway rose highest and headed firmly towards the far post, where Ian Davies tried to nod goalwards. But the normally deadly Davies saw his header fly over.
Five minutes later, Davies got free and ran onto a bouncing ball, but his attempted lob was too low and Garnes stretched to parry and then collect at the second attempt.
Within 7 minutes of that Moles effort, Town were three up and in control. With the Moles pressing forward Michael Bartley ran onto a simple through ball, beat Weait to it and then expertly rolled the ball in from an acute angle.
With the Moles still reeling, a harmless looking situation by the right hand corner flag was to get worse quickly as Gladwin won the ball over three Moles players, rolled it back to Witt who crossed for Jamie Piercy to nip in front of Weait and toe end in.
If the Moles were to get back into the match, they obviously needed to score the next goal. Stuart Tanfield replaced Danny Wing on the left, but before he could make an impact, Town had a 4th. After picking the ball up in his own half, the excellent Chris Hatton ran right through the midfield and slipped the ball into the path of Bartley who neatly finished under Weait to leave the Moles a mountain to climb.
Graham Lewis replaced Bartley just before the hour and as the Moles pressed forward, he alomst added a fifth but Weait was out quickly to save.
And though Binfield had the greater possession in the half, chances were at a premium. An Iand Davies dipping volley just flew over with 20 minutes remaining and later a James Suarez curler from 20 yards was brilliantly tipped over by Garnes.
Then in the 90th minute the Moles misery was completed, when Richard Witt drove in Town's fifth after a scramble in the goalmouth fell kindly to him 6 yards out.
With the final whistle imminent, James Suarez finished from 12 yards, after Garnes had parried a high cross under pressure from Carl Davies, but it was barely any consolation on a poor afternoon.
Afterwards, Moles manager Mark Tallentire was disappointed with his side's efforts, saying "we didn't work as hard as them and we got what we deserved - nothing!"
But, still chasing silverware in three cups, the Moles look ahead to the semi final of the Floodlit Cup next on Wednesday 29th February, when they travel to high flying Oxford City Nomads, kick off 7.45pm.
BINFIELD; Weait, Shone, Jamil, Callaway (capt), Hancock (S Tighe 58), Withers (Nebbett 55), Millar, Suarez, I Davies, C Davies, Wing (Tanfield 46). Sub not used; Rowland