Moles hit six- and climb out of the bottom two for the first time since September

By Ian Townsend

Binfield celebrate a fifth game unbeaten, Leatherhead confirm their play off spot, Tangerines remain in danger- and in the Premier, ten man Gulls win at Potters Bar

September 2nd. That was the day which saw Binfield slip to the bottom of the Pitching In Isthmian South Central table, and they’ve been permanent inhabitants of the bottom two ever since- until last night. The Moles took on Northwood in their fifth of five matches in ten days, and they completed a fifth unbeaten match- with four wins- to climb out of the relegation places and turn what had seemed a forlorn hope of safety into something rather more tangible.

Northwood had already taken on the Moles three times this season, and were unbeaten, knocking them out of the FA Cup after a replay and winning four-one in the league- but their hosts got revenge in a big way last night, hitting the Woods for six.

Binfield went ahead on nine minutes through Tyler D’Cruz, who has been a massive part of their escape bid, and on fifteen minutes it was two-nil, Mitchell Parker with the second. Kofi Anokye-Boadi then replied for the visitors, but it was four-one by the break, D’Cruz with his ninth goal in fourteen matches making it three, Connor Holland hit the fourth. Just before the hour Tone Glenn Kusel-Gabriel got the fifth, and a minor Woods revival in the last six minutes, with Anokye-Boadi making it five-three, was ended in added time when Ethan Lindo got a sixth.

The Moles climb to nineteenth, two points clear of Chipstead, who have fallen into the bottom two with two matches left. The Woods are safe, as they have an eight point cushion over the Chips with two matches remaining.

Leatherhead played their first match since April 6th, a period in which their hosts, Badshot Lea, had played four times. The Tanners needed three points to guarantee a play off spot, and they got them by dominating the first half- or, indeed, the first half an hour- although they then had to withstand a Baggies fightback.

Trevan Robinson put Leatherhead in front on nine minutes, and fifteen minutes later the visitors were two up, Tyler Cox giving them some comfort. It took only three minutes for Ibrahim Olutade to add a third, but any sense of security was shattered in the last twenty minutes of the match. First, Lamin Ceesay got a goal back for the hosts, converting from the spot, and with eleven minutes left Kareem Akinnibi made it two-three and left the visitors with work to do to ensure that they took the three points. The Tanners now need one more point to guarantee a home Play Off Semi-Final, but they won’t yet have given up on second place, Marlow currently ahead only on goal difference.

Hanworth Villa welcomed Ashford Town to Rectory Meadow. The Villains were four without a win- although three of those were draws- but got back to winning ways in style and increased the peril for their visitors in the process. The hosts went ahead twelve minutes before half time, Ben Geraghty doing the damage, and made it two in added time before the break, Kyen Nicholas with that one. Early in the second half the Tangerines halved the arrears, Scott Day with the goal, but any chance of a Town comeback was ended in the closing stages, Sam Merson with the third for the Villains- who also added a fourth in added time, Rayan Djouadj up from the back to score.

That result leaves Ashford Town three points clear of the bottom two, with two matches remaining.

We also had one match in Pitching In Isthmian Premier, and it saw Canvey Island make it two wins this week, following their victory over champions Hornchurch with a two-one win at Potters Bar Town.

All of the significant action came in the last half an hour of the match. Sam Higgins gave the Gulls the lead on sixty four minutes, but then blotted his copybook by being dismissed only two minutes later, leaving his side to hold on with ten men. The ten men held out for only seven minutes, Temi Babalola levelling for the Scholars, and it looked like that was that, both sides having to settle for a point each, until some late drama. Six minutes into added time the visitors took all three points, Tobi Tinubu with a goal that lifted them to fifteenth, one point and one place behind their hosts.

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