IAN Davies clearly enjoys playing against Gloucestershire sides, writes Dave Wright.

In the past four weeks the Binfield hot-shot has scored against four of the county’s sides – Lydney, Tuffley Rovers, Longlevens and Brimscombe & Thrupp.

His latest came in the 2-1 win at Brimscombe on Saturday, taking his Binfield career total to 149 goals.

Roger Herridge’s men had an early let-off at The Meadow last weekend when keeper Harry Craven gave away a penalty by bringing down Ollie Pitt. But, to his relief, Pitt could only strike the post with Craven going the wrong way.

Binfield then made their hosts pay by hitting them with a quick one-two.

Brad Pagliaroli put them ahead and less than 10 minutes later Davies doubled their advantage, being first to react when keeper Ashley Gale beat out a shot.

It just wasn’t Pitt’s day, as the Brimscombe striker had his effort ruled out for offside.

Shortly afterwards, an audacious effort from Ash Caldwell sailed just over the Binfield bar, while Jack Smith was denied by Craven.

Binfield, with a team including new signings Chris Gerrard (from Highmoor Ibis) and Rory Merrick (from Maidenhead United Development), kept Brimscombe at bay until three minutes from time when Chris Greenhough scored from a cross with the Moles claiming the ball went in off his hand.

Pitt wasn’t far away from an even later equaliser, shooting over the bar, and the hosts finished with 10 men following a straight red card for Caldwell.

Herridge commented: “It was a tough place to go to, so we’re delighted to come away with all three points.

“For the neutrals, it was a great game to watch as it was end-to-end and, perhaps, a draw might have been a fair result, but we worked hard, dug in and deserved the odd bit of luck.

“This group of players are getting better each week.”

Binfield, who leap-frogged Brimscombe into sixth place in the table, had their home fixture with Windsor called off on Monday due to the adverse weather conditions.

The Moles visit leaders Highworth this Saturday (3pm) and then on Monday evening travel to Highmoor Ibis (7.45pm).