Comrades 3-0 New Bradwell St Peter

Mick Vipond had to reshuffle his winning side as centre half Simon Carmichael had an appendix operation and Adam Mead was unavailable. Steve Hawes switched from midfield to centre back and holidaymakers Matt Wardle and Lawrence Bunker returned to the side. However, a fine second half performance sent the Broadwater faithful home happy with the three points.

Home custodian, Ed Farmer had to make a good save to deny James Fletcher as the early stages were evenly contested with both sides playing some good football. Ben Donaldson saved at the railway end to keep out an Aaron Usmani shot after he was released by Bunker. The usually lethal Bunker missed a couple of good chances,blasting one shot from close range onto the railway line when Burnett won a header to set him up and was also inches away from a Burnett cross. James Armstrong broke free and beat the offside trap and went wide of the keeper before netting from a tight angle to break the deadlock on 35 minutes and out the Comrades in front.

The Comrades had a good second half with Donaldson saving from Bunker who was again set up by Burnett. The points were sealed by the hour mark when hard work on the training ground was rewarded with two near identical goals. New signing form Leverstock Green Mark Welling sent over a couple of right wing corners and Bunker rose to head them on, into the path of Burnett who scored each time. His first was a volley past Donaldson and his second was a powerful header to take his tally for the season to 5 goals.

There was a sense of déjà vu when Welling sent over another right wing corner and it was flcked on to Armstrong but his header struck the cross bar. Armstrong raced free but instead of rounding the keeper like he did for his goal, this time he shot on the run and missed the target.

Berkhamsted passed the ball well on an excellent playing surface to put the disappointment of their midweek postponement at waterlogged Sun Postal Sports behind them. The two wins leave Berko second with a game in hand in the early season league table.

Team; Farmer, Gavin( Groves ), Wilson J. Carmichael,  Hawes, Welling, Wardle, Bunker(Aquila), Armstrong        Burnett(Boad). Subs. not used. Milner & Bartlett.

Sukure Ebi netted a hat trick for Berkhamsted’s reserve side in an entertaining 3-3 draw a Kings Langley.

Someone’s 100% record will go on Saturday when 2nd placed Berkhamsted entertain top of the table Harpenden Town I division 1 of the Molten Spartan Suth Midlands League. On Tuesday 24th Berkhamsted are again at home with another derby match when Amersham Town come to Broadwater.

Berkhamsted’s reserves make their debut in the Suburban League ‘s north division with a long trip down to Cove on Saturday and then are away again on Wednesday 25th to AFC Hayes.


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