BINFIELD manager Roger Herridge’s faith in young players was handsomely rewarded on Saturday, writes Dave Wright.

The Moles won 4-1 at Burnham with all the goals being scored by 18-year-olds – two from Alex Colverd on his debut, Harry Lee and Carlo Santoroo.

Herridge said Colverd, a new signing from Maidenhead United Youth, was the best player on the park.

“He scored two and his link-up play was really good; I am really excited by him,” said Herridge.

“All three boys played well, as did Liam Whyte in the centre of the park and George Lock at the back.”

Herridge was forced into giving youth their chance due to a long injury list.

“I know all teams suffer from injuries, but I think we have more than our fair share at the moment,” he said.

Jack Thompson-Wheeler suffered a groin injury just before the game to join Jack Broome, Gary Smith, Charley Tuttle, Sean Moore, Joe Gritt and Luke Hayden on the casualty list.

“Despite all that, we still managed to put a competitive side out,” commented Herridge.

“When they are all back and available, there will be some tough decisions to make selection wise.

“It would be nice to get a consistent team out, as the moment we are being forced to chop and change all the time. We need a consistent squad to build on.”

Binfield’s boss also revealed he has put in a seven-day approach for a forward, adding: “There is a possibility of another wide player coming in as well.”

Herridge made one signing last week, Dan Davies from Ascot United, describing him as “an energetic central midfield player .”

He came off the bench early in the second half to make his debut at Burnham.

Davies was soon followed by Santoroo and the youngster went on to score his side’s fourth goal late in the game.

“I think 4-1 was a fair reflection of the game,” said Herridge.

The Moles were following up their 3-1 win over Ascot the previous Monday and the Binfield manager is now hoping his team can put a good run together.

Reflecting on the season so far, Herridge commented: “The one real disappointment was the Woodley game (a 3-2 defeat) as I felt we should have won it. All their goals were avoidable and we had enough chances to have won two games.

“Apart from that one, we haven’t had that bad a start to the season when you consider the amount of injuries we have had.

“With the youngsters we have brought and one or two more additions to our squad, hopefully we can go on a good run now.”

This Saturday Binfield are away to promoted Fairford Town (3pm), who have failed to win any of their opening seven league games.