Two From Two As Wantage Beat Binfield
Robertson Double Helps Secure Win
Wantage welcomed Binfield to Alfredian Park on Tuesday for the first home game of the campaign. The visitors have been spoken of as one of the favourites this term, so a close game was anticipated.
The Freds made three changes from Saturday’s opening win at Fairford, former Abingdon United skipper Cian McCormack replacing Matt Cheetham, youngster Jack Buchanan came in for Harvey Scholes, and the unavailable Jack Dunmall was replaced by Kaylem Patterson.
After an initial scare when Jemel Johnson tested Curtis Meare in the first minute Wantage nearly forged ahead two minutes later but Steve Robertson failed to connect, and Buchanan’s follow up was blocked.
But the lead was gained on five minutes when Patterson broke down the left before looking up and picking out Robertson to volley over Henry Craven in the Binfield goal.
Binfield retorted with a spell of pressure but couldn’t find a way past the impressive Meare. It was almost a mirror of Saturday’s game where one side had the procession but the other had the goal!
And they were to rue those missed opportunities right on 45 minutes when Buchanan sprung the offside trap and calmly lobbed over the out coming Craven. It was a tight call and there was some debate on the side-line as to whether he was on or off when the ball was played, but there was no flag and the goal stood.
With Binfield kicking down the slope in the second half they must have fancied their chances of getting back into the game. But any hopes they had were quickly banished inside three minutes as Jim Glover broke down the right and angled a shot past Craven to the far post where it was inadvertently put over the line by a Binfield defender vainly trying to hook it clear.
And eight minutes later Wantage made it 4-0 when Robertson headed home Dan Comer’s cross with Wantage now well in control and playing much better than the first half.
Despite both sides making a raft of changes I didn’t affect the flow of the game, but a late spell of pressure from Binfield finally paid off deep into stoppage time when Danny Horscroft managed to beat Meare from close range following a scramble in the box.
Binfield: Henry Craven, Jack Thomson-Wheeler, Charlie Tuttle, Jeff Brown (Carlo Santoro 57), Gary Smith, Lewis Leonetti, Jemel Johnson, James Knight, Ian Davies (Eddie Lee 77), Danny Horscroft, Will Shaw (Sean Moore 57). Subs n/u: Liam Gavin, Khalid Senussi
Referee: Daniel Jacobs