Five-star Kingfishers performance as Thatcham hammer bottom side Binfield
There were five different goalscorers as Thatcham Town won for the second time in three games, thrashing bottom side Binfield 5-3.
Sam Tanner, Harry Hoath, Christian Johnson, Kyle Daniel-Spray and David Nyarko scored for the Kingfishers, who had two debutants in their XI.
Yashwa Romeo’s side made light work of the Moles, who are without a win all season, and were 5-1 up until the hosts scored a couple of late consolation goals.
Young goalkeeper Callum Smart started in between the sticks after signing on a dual-registration from Gosport Borough, while defender Basim Mirtahmasebi lined up at right-back.
Thatcham raced into a four-goal lead after just 38 minutes and cruised to a comfortable three points, leaving boss Yashwa Romeo delighted with his side’s attacking prowess.
“I was disappointed we conceded two late goals, but I was really pleased with the goals we scored and the three points,” he said.
“With the slope at Binfield, it’s almost always a bit of a game of two halves.
“We went down the slope in the first half and we were so dominant, we put them to the sword.
“We were still very good for most of the second half, we just switched off and were a bit naive at the end. Had it been 2-1, I don’t think we’d ever have conceded two goals like we did.
“I thought both of the new lads did really well.
“The Callum Smart one happened really quickly. He’s a tall, commanding goalkeeper and he comes with a good reputation. It was a bit of a gamble, because we hadn’t seen him before, but he really impressed us.
“I wouldn’t say Toby (Fisher) has been poor, but he’s been struggling a bit with his kicking and he’s been lacking in confidence.
“We had a look at Basim in pre-season. He’s got an incredible engine and he dominated a running drill we did. We wanted to sign him but he got offered a deal by AEK Larnaca in Cyprus.
“That fell through because he’s only 17 and has to finish his schooling, so we’re delighted to have him and he can provide good competition for Tinashe (Gwavava). He was excellent. Even going up the hill, it’s like a travelator, but he was going past people like they weren’t there. He’s just got incredible athleticism.”
The Kingfishers, who are 14th in the Isthmian League South Central table, welcome last year’s FA Vase winners Ascot United to the Mettal Stadium on Tuesday night.
And Romeo reckons the fact that former captain Josh Edwards is set to line up for the out of sorts Yellas will provide his players with all the motivation they need.
He said: “We’ll be up for it, there’s no doubt about that.
“Ascot are struggling a little bit at the moment and we’ve got some momentum so we’re hoping we can pick up three points. What we can’t do is lose the game.”