Mixed Fortunes for Berko

Berko lost Jordan Toomey to illness early in the game and the rearranged defence struggled at times. The visitors showed why they are two divisions above Berko with a deadly spell of three goals in ten minutes midway through the first half. Their neat passing game allowed tap in goals from Leon Smith and David Laird. The third goal was  a twice taken soft penalty cheekily despatched by Laird past Ed Farmer in the Berko goal.

Berko manager Mick Vipond used four substitutes at half time and the altered team did a better job marking their men, and tracking the runners and enjoyed more possession. Josh Chamblerlain converted a penalty when a defender was caught pushing in the penalty box.

Comrades: 1. Farmer 2. Toomey 3. Rodrigie 4. Carmichael J 5. Carmichael S 6. Burgess 7. Sears 8. Hawes 9. Burnett 10. Wardle 11. Clark. Subs: 12. Balletta 14. Usmani 15. Chamberlain 16. Welling 17. Wright 18. Gavin

Berko’s reserve side won their first pre-season friendly away to North Greenford United, who sit a division higher in the Suburban League, a penalty from Chris Newell and a goal from teenager Dan Barnes securing victory for the Comrades.

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