WHAT a difference a week makes, writes Dave Wright.

Binfield failed to win a single Hellenic League in the first two months of the year, but have now won twice in the first four days of March.

And the victories at Flackwell Heath on Saturday and home to Ardley United on Monday, both by a 2-1 margin, came hot on the heels of a 4-1 victory at Windsor in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup on Tuesday of last week.

As a result, there is now a smile back on the face of manager Roger Herridge, who was left questioning his own future at the club following their 10-match winless run in the Premier Division.

He no longer has to worry about being dragged into a relegation fight – although another three points would still be welcome to guard against some freak results lower down the table – and also a semi-final to look forward as the Moles set their sights on lifting the trophy for the second season running.

Coming just days after they had lost 2-0 at home to Windsor in the league, the Moles' performance at Stag Meadow was exceptional, with an Ian Davies hat-trick and Carlo Santoro's header earning the holders a place in the semi-finals.

Davies was again on target against Flackwell, taking his season's goal tally to 23, while Stephen Peacock got the vital other goal.

Binfield gave a debut to centre-back Idris Kamara, but the former Marlow and Woodley United player wasn't available for the Ardley game.

The hosts fell behind to a Billy Gillett header after 15 minutes, but Josh Howell equalised 10 minutes later and Peacock notched the winner in the 39th minute, only to limp off with hamstring trouble shortly afterwards.

They were holding on at the end of the game, with young keeper Sonny Wheeler making a fine save before seeing Ardley hit the post with virtually the last kick of the game.

"Of our three performances in the past week, this was the worst," said Herridge on Monday.

"Ardley caused us problems and we were a bit fortunate to get all three points.

"But overall, it has been a decent seven days for us with six points and a place in the cup semi-finals."

The win lifts Binfield up to 10th in the standings, ahead of their fixture with second-bottom Abingdon United at Hill Farm Lane this Saturday.