• Rob McNeil

Long Eaton's Wembley dream ends as Binfield progress to Vase semis



Long Eaton United's historic FA Vase run came to an end at the quarter-final stage on Saturday as Berkshire side Binfield ran out comfortable winners.

It was only United's second loss of the season and means that Binfield will advance to the competition's semi-final, where they will face step six side United Services Portsmouth away.

Sean Moore scored the opener for Binfield early in the first half and Liam Ferdinand made it two just before half-time.

Moore and Ferdinand were at it again in the second half as Moore bagged his brace and Ferdinand wrapped up his hat-trick.

Binfield celebrate scoring at Long Eaton. Photo: Long Eaton Utd FC.

In the opening minutes of play Mitchell Robinson shrugged off the last man and attempted to chip the ball over Chris Grace from close range but failed to keep the shot down.

As the Blues continued to mount pressure on the visitor's goal, a long throw-in from Keiran Walker caused havoc in the 18-yard box. The ball bounced to Danny Gordon at the back post who attempted a bicycle kick but could not find the target.

After a swift counterattack, Moore almost scored the opener when he darted down the right wing and clipped the crossbar with a ferocious strike.

Just moments later Moore found the back of the net and gave the visitors the lead. A well-struck volley from the Moles' top goal scorer could not be stopped by Wilson.

A great bit of link-up play between James Taylor and Gordon fed the ball through to Jamie Walker, although the winger's volley from close range was blocked and bobbled wide of the target.

Then moments before the break Ferdinand slotted the ball past Wilson and into the bottom corner to double Binfield's advantage.

As Long Eaton trailed by two goals at the interval, Ian Deakin made two changes to the side. Klein Gwenero replaced Taylor to make his first team debut and Gordon made way for James Shaw.

However, Moore scored his second of the match one minute after restart. The forward was picked out by a wide free kick and flicked the ball in with a smart backheel.

In the 67th minute Ferdinand broke down the left wing and curled the ball in at the far post. His second goal of the match and Binfield's fourth.

Nine minutes later, Ferdinand hammered the ball into the roof of the net to get his hat-trick and round off the scoring.

Romaine Graham pushed forward in the final minutes as the Blues searched for a consolation goal. Graham found his way into the goalmouth and backheeled the ball to Jamie Walker who struck the outside of the post, just inches away from the top corner.