Comrades Update

Comrades: 1. Eddie Farmer 2. Jamie Gavin 3. Lewis Rodrigoe
4. Jim Carmichael 5. Si Carmichael 6. Mark Welling 7. Matt Wardle
8. Lee Groves 9. Chris Gregory 10. Tony Burnett 11. Aaron Usmani
Subs: 12. James Armstrong 14. Adam Mead 15. Josh Chamberlain 16.
Steve Boad 1505: We’re off at Broadwater, and it’s been an even
opening. 1514: Two great chances for Tony Burnett, a header which
narrowly clears the bar, and then a shot on goal. 1516: Si
Carmichael claims a pen after seeing a strong run on goal ended
with what looked a trip. 1521: Another great run by Burnett ends
with a beautifully weighted cross along the six-yard box, but
no-one was on hand to convert. 1525: And there’s the breakthrough!
Berko go extremely close as a Chris Gregory overhead volley clips
the bar, and then a pinpoint Mark Welling corner is headed home by
Matty Wardle. 1-0 1530: A near squeak for the Comrades as the
Harps’ Anthony Burns narrowly fails to connect with a neat forward
ball. 1533: Harpenden striker Jimmy Warner fires in a powerful
strike, but Eddie Farmer tips over. 1535: The impressive Lee Groves
finds himself in space but snatches his effort over. 1541: Aaron
Usmani is cautioned for throwing himself into a tackle on the left
flank. 1544: It’s Harpenden’s turn to shout for a spot-kick for
handball, but the ref indicates a corner ball. 1548: After going
close, it’s Burnett again the tormentor as his low shot is parried,
and Gregory’s follow-up effort is blocked. 1551: Burnett again
works himself behind the full-back, and his cross is pushed out for
a corner and safety. Half-time: 1-0 1608: The referee starts the
second half. 1631: It’s been a war of attrition with few clear
chances. Berko make their first change as Jimmy Armstrong replaces
Chris Armstrong. 1634: And it’s Armstrong who makes the
breakthrough with a quality free-kick that goes in off the bar. 2-0
1635: Josh Chamberlain replaces Jamie Gavin for the Comrades. 1630:
Harpenden’s Jimmy Warner is cautioned for a late challenge on Lewis
Rodrigoe. 1642: A final change for Berko as Adam Mead replaces Tony
Burnett. 1649: And the nerves are twitching now as Jimmy Warner
drills a low shot past Eddie Farmer with about five minutes left.
2-1 1655: Into added time, and Berko need to do the basics well as
Harpenden press. 1657: Stout defending keeps the Harps at bay, but
we’re five minutes into added time and the Comrades are hanging
on.

1700: It’s all over and Berko reach their first Herts County FA Semi-Final!

Full-time: 2-1

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