BINFIELD will clearly be the underdogs when they take on Thatcham in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup final at Stag Meadow, Windsor, on Monday (7.45pm), writes Dave Wright.

The Moles have lost their last four league games, while the FA Vase finalists are unbeaten in 38 league and cup ties.

But as manager Roger Herridge points out: “In a one-off game over 90 minutes you never know what might happen.”

However, he quickly admitted: “If we are to win, we will have to find the form that we showed until the last few weeks and also hope they (Thatcham) have an off day.”

Binfield will again be forced to field an understrength side, as Lewis Leonetti and Josh Howell are ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury, while recent signings Sanchez Commock and Kane Fitzgerald are cup tied.

But Jack Thompson-Wheeler, Chris Gerrard and Jeff Brown are all set to return after missing the 2-1 Hellenic League Premier Division defeat at Longlevens last Saturday.

Once again, the Moles fell behind to an early goal, their defence failing to pick up centre-back Adam Phillips to leave him with a free header from a corner after two minutes.

Fitzgerald and Commock both had chances to equalise before half time, while Ian Davies was twice denied by keeper Ash Wintle in the second half.

But Binfield’s hopes of an equaliser ended in the 89th minute when goalie Henry Craven brought down Brad Martin and Myron Turner made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Soon afterwards, there was a similar occurrence at the other end with Wintle fouling Davies, who picked himself up to net from 12 yards for his 32nd goal of the season.

“It was a disappointing result to finish the (league) season,”stated Herridge.”

“We have got into a habit of conceding early goals which haven’t helped our cause. I hope lessons will have been learned and that it won’t happen again in Monday’s final.”

James Clarke and Ben Broadhurst goals helped Wokingham & Emmbrook beat Chalfont Wasps 2-0 in Division One East. They end their season at home to AFC Aldermaston on Saturday (3pm).

Fourth-placed Sandhurst Town ended their campaign with a 4-1 victory at Penn & Tylers Green.

Eversley & California suffered two Combined Counties League Division One defeats, going down 6-1 to Badshot Lea last Tuesday and Farleigh Rovers 4-2 on Saturday.

The Boars visit Bagshot tonight (7.45pm)and South Park Reserves on Saturday (3pm).