Berko Knock Lions for Six

BERKHAMSTED 6 LONDON LIONS 0

Berkhamsted stormed into the quarter final of the Herts. Charity Cup with an emphatic win on Saturday in their first competitive match of the season. Both sides were missing a few players, but the overall strength in depth of the Comrades ensured it was largely one way traffic.

Lawrence Bunker headed against the bar as the Comrades served early notice of their intent for the afternoon. The referee spotted a stray elbow as Jordan Toomey crossed from a corner and Bunker stepped up to net from the penalty spot in the 8th minute. Aaron Usmani robbed a defender of the ball in the 34th minute and went on to net the second goal with a low shot past Danny Berliner in the visitors’ goal. Adam Klein and Ben Ellis were booked as the Lions were rattled. Matt Wardle was brought down in the penalty area and again Bunker beat Berliner with a shot in the corner to convert his second spot lick of the half.

Amazingly Berko won a third penalty just twelve minutes into the second half when Bunker was pushed to the ground. However, the rare chance of a hat trick of penalties was wasted when he blasted over the cross bar from twelve yards out. However he did not have long to wait as he headed home his hat trick after good work by new signing from Dunstable Russell Clark and Toomey created the chance.

Mick Vipond made a double substitution immediately and Joe Gallagher came on for his debut after joining from Kings Langley. Usmani beat the keeper but poked the ball wide as Berko continued to press. There were a few breakaway shots from the Lions, but every time they threatened Ed Farmer pulled off a save.

allagher robbed a defender and marked his debut with the 5th goal, curling his shot into the goal. He nearly did it again but shot wide, as did Usmani as Berko ran riot. It was Usmani who wrapped up the scoring when he cut in from the right of the penalty area and shot low past Berliner for the 6th goal.

Berko were on top throughout the match, in defence and dominated teh midfield as well as scoring plenty goals and could have had more.

Comrades: Farmer, Toomey, Chamberlain, J. Carmichael S. Carmichael, Clark, Wardle (Mead), Hawes, Bunker (Gallagher), Sears (Balletta), Usmani.

There was more good news for Berko at the weekend when they got a bye in the Herts. Senior Cup draw and will be at home to the winners of the Bishops Stortford v Watford game in the 2nd round on Tuesday 6th December.

On Saturday, Berkhamsted hope to pull a big crowd for their first Premier division game in the Molten Spartan South Midlands League when they entertain London Tigers at Broadwater, after earning promotion in the summer. They visit last year’s runners’ up Tring Athletic for a derby game on Tuesday 16th.

Berko’s reserves are at Tring Corinthians on Saturday kick off 2p.m. in a friendly and entertain St Margaretsbury on Wednesday 17th.

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