Match report: Berkhamsted 2-0 Tring Corinthians

By Grant Hastie

A couple of first half goals earned Berkhamsted a derby win over Tring on Saturday at Broadwater and with Wodson Park only drawing, the Comrades stretched their lead at the top of the table to 7 points.

However, the victory came at a cost as Jamie Gavin landed badly and put his shoulder out and damaged ligaments that meant it would not pop back in and necessitated a hospital trip.

Lee Groves came on midway through the first half and soon had a hand in the opening goal. Groves released Craig Mortimer, a recent signing from St. Albans City, who went up the right wing and his inviting cross was netted with applomb by Lawrence Bunker.

Groves then had a goal disallowed, when he wet up with the keeper  and bundled the ball into the net but was adjudged to have impeded visiting custodian Martin Bloomfield. However, Luke Bartlett soon netted a goal against his old club with a powerful back post header from a corner by James Armstrong in the 34th minute.

Graeme Milner had a quiet afternoon in the home goal saving a long shot from ex-Lilywhite Matt Gunary and in the second half a Tom Cullen shot that bobbled up off the pitch alarmingly.

Most of the pressure was at the railway end where Armstrong shot wide after racing clear of the back four.

Ed Gerrard rattled the cross bar for the home side when a cross was only half cleared. Mick Vipond sent on a couple more substitutes who combined well, with Adam Mead crossing on a plate for Mitchell Hamilton, who inexplicable headed wide from 6 yards out.

It was a comfortable win for Berkhamsted who played some of their best home football since Xmas in a match that was played in a good spirit, with the rare sight of a referee not having to use his cards.

It put Berko in good heart for the midweek visit of Padbury United who moved up into second place with a 6-0 win against the bottom club.

Team: Milner; Gavin (Groves), Bartlett, Chapman, Wilson, Mortimer (Hamilton), Gerrard, Hawes, Armstrong, Bunker (Mead), Rodrigoe. Subs not used: Boad.

A brace of goals from Alex Kinsley earend Berkhamsted reserves a 2-1 win at Old Bradwell United on Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday, top of the table Berkhamsted go to Old Bradwell United, looking for revenge over a side that are now bottom of the table, but pulled off a surprise 1-0 win at Broadwater back in August.

Mick Vipond has beaten the transfer deadline to strengthen his defence with a trio of new signings. Will Hattan joins from Tring Corinthians and the Carmichael brothers (Jim and Simon) join from Bletchley Town. They have higher league experience with Barton Rovers and Clacton. Having recently lost two right backs, through Russell Chandler leaving and Jamie Gavin being ruled out for the season with injury, the Comrades needed extra defensive cover.

Berkhamsted reserves have a busy Easter entertaining The 61 FC Luton on Saturday (ko 3pm) and then go to Cranfield United on Easter Monday (ko noon).

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