Comrades Update

Both the Comrades visit to Broxbourne Borough V&E for the fixture with London Lions and the reserves home game with AFC Hayes are both on.

Any changes will be posted as soon as notified, but barring a late deluge at either ground, neither game looks in doubt.

Comrades: 1. Eddie Farmer 2. Colin Wilson 3. Lewis Rodrigoe 4. Jim Carmichael 5. Simon Carmichael 6. Mark Welling 7. Matty Wardle 8. Adam Mead 9. James Armstrong 10. Tony Burnett 11. Aaron Usmani
Subs: 12. Anthony Beamish 14. Chris Gregory 15. Jamie Gavin 16. Steve Boad 17. Graeme Milner

Lions: 1. Danny Berliner 2. Adam Mheroff 3. Aron Barnes 4. Ben Lauffer 5. Guy Morris 6. Rob Glass 7. Andy Glynne 8. Daniel Stanton 9. James Gershfield 10. Adam Stolerman 11. Matt Stock
Subs: 12. TJ Kelerman 14. David Soutar 15. Craig Ellis 16. Dean Nyman

NOTE – Due to technical problems updating the website, updates will be posted at fifteen minute intervals.

1501: After an impeccably observed minutes silence, we’re off. Come on Berko!

1509: Usmani sees a snap shot well palmed away.

1512: Lions have the lead when a low shot from Mark Stock beats Farmer. 0-1

1516: Tony Burnett goes close, but his shot is blocked.

1518: Yes! From the edge of the box, Aaron Usmani levels with a delightful curled finish. 1-1

1522: A superb effort from the Lions’ Andy Glynne is fingertipped over by an alert Eddie Farmer.

1529: Lions are a very strong side, and Berko will have to get involved in that fight if they are to glean the possession they need.

1530: Great chance for Usmani as James Armstrong gets him in, but Lions are back in numbers to clear. Si Carmichael cannot quite direct his header from the corner.

1543: Berko have enjoyed the best of the last ten minutes, having raised their workrate. The Comrades will be hoping to test the Lions keeper more often after the break.

1547: Half-time 1-1

1603: We’re away again at Goffs Lane and there are no changes to report. The Reserves were a goal up at half-time thanks to Josh Chamberlain, but AFC Hayes levelled soon after the restart.

1611: Great chance for Adam Mheroff as he heads wide from a Lions corner.

1613: It’s an open game now, and James Gershfield bursts in, gets it on his right, but sidefoots wide.

1616: It was so close as Usmani closes down a hesitant Lions ‘keeper who just escapes as the loose ball falls in his favour.

1618: The Comrades’ dangerman Usmani beats the offside trap, but a defender gets in an excellent challenge with the goal beckoning.

1619: Berko press again, but Stock gets in a great shot which Farmer saves and Si Carmichael clears.

1623: Lions go close again, Glynne getting in a great effort.

1624: A moment of controversy as the red blows for a handball by a grounded Usmani as the Comrades press. This could go either way.

1626: Farmer saves Berko again. It’s a nervous time!

1630: After a brief injury to Farmer, the ball is released for Usmani, but he is unceremoniously grounded by centr-half Guy Morris, who earns himself a yellow card.

1633: Lions are pressing now, but the Comrades keep them out with some solid defending.

1639 London Lions are in the ascendency now. Full-back Aron Barnes doesn’t quite connect cleanly for the home side.

1642: Chris Gregory comes on for an exhausted Aaron Usmani.

1645: Three left and it’s time for big hearts out there. Sub TJ Kelerman glances a header onto the bar.

1646: Chris Gregory goes close to being the hero but his effort is smothered.

1647: Mark Welling is booked for a late challenge after the ref plays a good advantage. Great defensive work from Jim Carmichael ends the latest threat.

1649: It’s all over here at 1-1.

I might be in a minority of one, but I thought today’s ref Shaun Cavanagh did fantastic in a very committed game from two good sides.

Berko’s Reserves came within an ace of notching a 2-1 win, Stuart Bailey putting them ahead before conceding an agonising late equaliser.

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