Outgoing Cinderford Town defender believes club will be title challengers this season

Lewis Binns left Cinderford Town this week to join Merthyr Town in the Southern League Premier, however the outgoing left back told Severn Sport that it was difficult to leave a club who he believes should be title challengers in 2019/20.

Binns has played at Division One South level for the last six seasons since coming through the youth ranks at Gloucester City, but it was his performances for Cinderford last season that caught the eye of Gavin Williamson at Merthyr Town.

”I’m massively looking forward to the opportunity to challenge myself in that league in an established team” said Binns.

“It was very tough to make the decision to leave” he continued. “I’ve learnt a lot from Paul Micheal and Smudge [Andrew Smith], and the group of boys we had there are up there with the best I’ve played with.

“The run that we went on towards the end of the season was brilliant and it’s obviously hard to leave a team who’ll be challenging for the league title next year.”

One of the moments of the season for Binns was his stunning goal at Brimscombe & Thrupp. The strike was actually crowned the Severn Sport Goal of the Season at our End of Season Awards, however goals is something Binns says he doesn’t pay that much attention to.

“I actually haven’t scored one since that so I keep joking that one should count as three” he laughs. “Adding goals to my game is not something I conciously think about but I’d love to be on the scoresheet more regularly.”

Binns will join up with Alex Harris at Merthyr, as the shot stopper was announced to be leaving The Causeway this week. Joining the former Gloucester City ‘keeper at Penydarren Park is something he sees a lot of promise in.

“Alex moving aswell was a bonus really” said Binns. “I know he’s a top level keeper so I’m looking forward to playing with him again. The only downside for him is it means he’s going to have to clean his van out before we can have a decent car school!

“As a parting message I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Cinderford for the most enjoyable season of men’s football I’ve had. Everyone at the club wants the best for anyone involved and I hope they can go one step further next season.”