IAN Davies bagged a hat-trick as Binfield pulled off a shock 4-1 win over Windsor in their Perpetua Press Floodlit League Cup tie at Stag Meadow on Tuesday night, writes Dave Wright.

It came three days after the Moles had lost 2-0 at home to the same side, which leaves them still seeking their first Hellenic League win of 2019.

Leading scorer Davies, like most of his team-mates, have been struggling for form in recent weeks and could even have lost his place in the starting line-up.

But with the dual-registered Sean Moore able to play, manager Roger Herridge kept faith with Davies for this quarter-final tie.

"Having Sean was a real bonus for us," said Herridge. "He and Ian are a perfect foil, as was proved. Our season changed a bit since we lost Sean to Bracknell."

Moore had already gone close before Davies put the Moles ahead on 38 minutes with a superbly-placed header following a long left-wing cross from Charlie Tuttle.

Soon afterwards, Davies saw another header brilliantly pushed out by keeper Hugo Sobte.

The visitors were the better side in the first half and could so easily have been further ahead.

Binfield defended well during the game and it was a rare lapse which led to Dan Roberts – who scored both goals in Windsor's win on Saturday – equalising in the 52nd minute.

However, a little over a minute later the Moles were back in front. Davies was involved in the move which ended with Santoro heading home.

Although it needed a timely challenge from Liam Gavin to prevent Roberts from having a clear shot at goal, Binfield continued to look the more dangerous side with chances falling to Santoro, Davies and Moore.

It was Davies who extended his side's lead in the 69th minute after being put clear by Josh Howell and he completed his hat-trick shortly before the final whistle. The treble took his season's goal tally to 22

Herridge said: "We now have a semi-final to look forward to and it would be nice if we got a home draw.

"But the league is our bread and butter and hopefully this win will give us some confidence for the weekend."

Binfield are away to Flackwell Heath this Saturday before hosting Ardley United at Hill Farm Lane on Monday, March 4.