The next installment of Bracknell Town v Binfield will be the Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy Final. The teams have met four times this season already with Bracknell coming out on top on each occasion. However, the games have been closely fought with three of the four games being won by the odd goal. Interest in these matches is always high with attendances this season of 351, 476, 289 and 251. We hope that this occasion can exceed those attendances. Both clubs are extremely ambitious and off field developments have seen an upgrade in facilities to benefit their local communities.
On the pitch Bracknell have had a superb season and will look to wrap up the Hellenic Premier League title this Saturday (8th April) and a promotion to the Southern League before the final takes place. The goals (all comps) of strikers TJ Bohane 43 goals in 39 games and Adam Cornell 42 goals in 45 games have placed the team on the brink of promotion back to Step 4.
During this competition they have seen off fellow top four Hellenic sides Thatcham Town and Flackwell Heath (last years winners) and Holmer Green of the Spartan South Midlands League.
Binfield have had another solid season under manager Roger Herridge. A 6-3 semi-final win against FA Vase quarter-finalists Newport Pagnell seeing them into the final. Within their ranks they have striker Liam Ferdinand who has 41 goals in 39 games. On team selection manager Herridge has some selection issues; We go into the game with some headaches due to injury and also we will have Cup tied players. We will definitely be without our Capt Alex Luis ( Knee) whilst Harrison Bayley, Gary Smith, Ben Cook & Mo Nyamunga will all be Cup tied. In addition to that we have Sean Moore, Michael Walton & Luke Hayden who will face late fitness tests plus Jack Broome who is touch and go due to work.
Herridge is known for giving youth a chance may have to draw on the clubs Development and U18 sides; "Whatever happens we will put out a competitive side which will be supplemented where necessary with players from both our Development and Allied Counties teams. Of those Harry Lee , Owen Powell and Lewis Wiggins have done particular well when they have stepped up recently with Calum Brighton another that is likely to be in the frame for Tuesday."
In the past Herridge has had mixed fortunes in County Cup Finals and is hoping for a bit of luck; "We have had four closely fought games with Bracknell this season but lost all four. Hopefully we will get that little bit of luck on Tues that's sometimes needed in these games. We know Bracknell are hot favourites and an excellent side but whatever team I put out we won't be going there to make up the numbers. Above all I am sure it will be a good game and may the best team on the night win!"
We wish both sets of club officials, management teams, players and fans the best of luck for the final. A huge thanks to Windsor FC for hosting the final.
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