BINFIELD put behind them the disappointment of going out of two cup competitions last week with a hard-earned 1-1 home draw against Wantage Town on Monday, writes Dave Wright.

“We had enough chances to have won the game, but we have taken a point off a good side,” said manager Roger Herridge.

“If we play like this for the rest of the season, we will be just fine.”

Herridge was able to field a more experienced side with Josh Howell and Ian Davies both returning, while there was a debut for defender Guy Hollis, signed on a dual registration with Slough.

“He’s been away with work and Slough asked if we wanted to give him some (game) minutes,” said Herridge.

“Guy made a difference to us alongside Gary (Smith) at the back.

“Young Charlie Tuttle was also excellent at left-back.

“It’s all about getting the right balance of youngsters and experienced players, and we had that on the night.

“I thought we were excellent in many parts, but you must give credit to them (Wantage) as they defended well.”

While skipper James Knight worked overtime in midfield, Howell and Davies caused the Wantage defence plenty of problems.

The Moles had the better of the first half at Hill Farm Lane and went close to scoring a number of times.

They took the lead on 58 minutes when Howell was brought down in the area and he made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Davies and Knight both went close to doubling the lead before fifth-in-the-table Wantage equalised after 68 minutes through Steve Robertson, who looked suspiciously offside.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the rest of the game with Herridge admitting: “I was a bit nervous towards the end because there were times when I thought maybe we would lose and pay the price for missing chances.

“But at the end of the day,we have taken a point from a good side and I’m pretty happy with that.”

Binfield, who are eighth in the table, visit Abingdon United this Saturday (3pm).