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Westbury United 0-2 Binfield: Moles make history with FA Cup triumph

Binfield FC v Westbury United- FA Cup-
Binfield FC v Westbury United- FA Cup- Picture: Neil Graham

Binfield etched a new chapter in the clubs history as they were victorious in their FA Cup tie with a 2-0 win away at Westbury United.

Under the new management duo of Jamie McClurg and Carl Withers, the Moles made the long trip to Wiltshire to face Westbury in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup.

After a long layoff from competitive action with the 2019/20 season ending abruptly, Binfield were raring to go in the cup in their first match of the 2020/21 season before their Hellenic Premier League campaign kicks off on Saturday, September 15. 

Binfield FC v Westbury United- FA Cup-
Binfield FC v Westbury United- FA Cup-

After some early possession from Binfield in the opening minutes of the contest, it was the hosts who had the first shot on goal of the evening, but it was a comfortable save for Grace between the posts. 

Both sides then traded chances as a Westbury free-kick was delivered deep into the box to test the Binfield defence, but they managed to clear their lines. Asa Povey then looked to pick out Harris in the box who was a fraction of a second late to the ball as the chance went begging. 

Povey then worked another chance for himself as he broke through the defence but poked his effort wide. 

The teams went in level pegging at the break thanks to both goalkeepers staying alert to keep the sides locked at 0-0. 

Binfield made a superb start to the second half as they took the lead through Povey.

Binfield FC v Westbury United- FA Cup-
Binfield FC v Westbury United- FA Cup-

The Moles pushed to find a second goal and they almost found it in the 53rd minute as they raced down the touchline and tried to find Moore in the box, with the pick out not quite finding a red shirt. 

With just over 10 minutes of the match remaining, Binfield ensured that their name would be in the draw for the next round as Willment added a second. He converted the ball over the line after a well worked corner to give the Moles a healthy advantage going into the late stages of the game. 

Westbury’s misery was compounded when they received a late red card, while the Moles clinched victory.

Binfield FC v Westbury United- FA Cup- Asa Povey
Binfield FC v Westbury United- FA Cup- Asa Povey

Binfield: Grace, Thomson-Wheeler, Hancock, Broome, Gavin, Willment, Povey, McClurg, Moore, Short, Harris.

Subs: Cornell, Helmore, Legg, Howell, Valentin, Veal. 

Goals: Povey 45’, Willment 79’

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