Berkhamsted 4 – 0 Bucks Students’ Union

A comprehensive win at Broadwater on Saturday restored Berkhamsted’s four point advantage at the top of the table.

Player-coach Steve Boad was returned to the starting line-up and Graeme Milner returned in goal, but had little to do all afternoon as the home side dominated the match.

29-goal top scorer James Armstrong opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a fierce shot after Lawrence Bunker played a free kick into his path after the visitors’ goalkeeper, Blake George, was penalised for picking up a back pass. It was the only time Armstrong beat George all afternoon as time after time he pulled off fine saves to deny him, with several being luckily saved with his legs. Armstrong also broke through and shot wide on several occasions and on another day the home side would surely have notched double figures.

The students only had two men in their team from the last time the sides met, but it was déjà vu as far  the result and red cards went.

Just as when the sides met at Amersham, the students were reduced to 10 men for kicking Boad, this time Dan Horton getting his marching orders.

Lawrence Bunker failed to put away one inviting cross but at the next opportunity he headed the Comrades further in front in the 20th minute.

Bunker beat the offside trap to score again early in the second half to bag a brace of goals for the second week running.

Adam Mead then added a fourth goal in the 55th minute with a shot as it became one way traffic.

The home side took their foot off the gas and Micky Vipond introduced three substitutes with Tony Burnett being rested as he was not 100 per cent fit

Mitchell Hamilton, another signing from Pitstone and Ivinghoe, came on for his debut and showed he could beat men easily, but the final pass was not as good.

It was a good day all round for the Comrades, as one of their title rivals, Padbury United, dropped a couple of points by only drawing with Risborough Rangers.

It was nice to record a clean sheet and with Berko and closest rivals Aston Clinton both in cup action next week there will be no change at the top this Saturday.

Team: Milner; J Gavin (Chapman), Rodrigoe, Wilson, Beamish, Boad, Mead, Hawes (Groves), Armstrong, Burnett, Bunker (Hamiton). Subs not used: Chandler, Davies.

A badly rutted pitch led to the postponement of Berko’s reserve game at Cranfield United on Saturday.


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