Boss Roger Herridge was forced to make a number of changes, with injured goalkeeper Dan Weait replaced by debutant Garry Aulsberry, and club captain Dave Woozley and injured striker Adam Dickens also missing.

The best chance of a largely forgettable first half fell to Moles striker Jemel Johnson, who shot narrowly wide of the far the post, after home keeper Chris Rackley parried Josh Pearson’s 22 yard volley.

With the half almost complete, Johnson again had site of goal, but headed Josh Howell’s far post cross into the ground for Rackley to comfortably collect. Seconds later came Thatcham’s best chance when left winger Josh Stockwell cut in and shot from 20 yards, but straight at Aulsberry.

The hosts started the second half brightly and had three good chances inside ten minutes.

But having stayed on level terms, the Moles improved and forced a couple of corners and soon had the lead gifted to them. An innocuous ball across the face of their own penalty area bounced softly in front of left back Paul Taplin and as he attempted to head the ball almost on the ground, Jemel Johnson’s gamble paid off as he collected a weak return to the keeper and finished well.

The returning Iain Davies missed three good chances to put the game to bed, while at the other end Thatcham also had opportunities but found Aulsberry impenertable.

The result leaves Binfield third in the table. The Moles travel to Finchampstead in the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup on Saturday (3pm ko) before hosting Ardley United in the league on Monday (7.45pm ko).

Binfield's Flying Press Fllodlit first round clash with Abingdon United was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on Monday.