Comrades v London Tigers

Comrades: 1. Eddie Farmer 2. Jordan Toomey 3. Josh Chamberlain 4. James Carmichael 5. Si Carmichael 6. Russell Clark 7. Dale Sears 8. Steve Hawes 9. Lawrence Bunker 10. Matt Wardle 11. Aaron Usmani. Subs: 12. Mark Welling 14. Dan Wright 15. Mark Burgess 16. Jamie Gavin

Tigers: 1. Jamie Noonan 2. Sam Freiter 3. Hilder Vitor 4. David Movelisze 5. Dmitri Larin 6. Oni Thomas 7. Mohamed Bettamer 8. Dillon Aguarko 9. Kye Hendrix 10. Mohamed Diakite 11. Basil Yislam. Subs: 12. Collins Ekogobe 14. Tarik Ellekhlifi 15. Gregory Ngeno 16. Sirak Boyene 17. Joseph Woodley

1500 – Neat early work from Matty Wardle sees him clip in a neat cross which is well defended.

1503 – A long ball proves Tigers undoing as Lawrence Bunker powers through, and controls before drilling home. 1-0

1512 – Berko continue to press, Aaron Usmani going close to nicking a goal, but the Tigers keeper closes him down well.

1522 – Tigers are fighting back, but Berko always look a threat, particularly
Matty Wardle.

1525 – And to underline the threat, Wardle controls superbly under pressure, but Noonan does well in the visitors goal.

1531 – Toomey and Wardle combine well for the former to put in a deep cross, but again the Tigers hold firm.

1538 – Two great moves nearly unlock the Tigers defence, and it’s Wardle who sees one effort superbly saved low at the near post, and a second snapped effort go just over.

1540 – Tigers are awarded a free-kick and take full advantage when sub Gregory Ngeno unleashes a tasty dead ball into the top corner. 1-1

1541 – The deadlock doesn’t last long as a deep Matty Wardle cross beats the keeper and Bunks sidefoots home. 2-1

Half-time – 2-1

1613 – Tigers are fighting back this half, a third goal for Berko would make all the difference.

1623 – First change for the Comrades as Mark Welling replaces Russ Clark. This is followed by a let-off as Tigers clip the post.

1625 – That third goal almost came, but Bunks low shot was deflected for a corner.

1626 – And now it’s at the other end where Eddie Farmer makes a great reaction save to preserve the lead.

1628 – Nervous moments here for Berko.

1632 – Mick makes a tactical change to counter the Tigers threat as Dan Wright replaces Usmani.

1634 – Wardle almost creates a goal with a ball nicked back from wide on the left, but the keeper does enough.

1636 – Another half chance for Berko as Mark Weling finds Josh Chamberlain but his shot is into the ground.

1638 – And against both possession and territorial advantage, the Comrades get their third goal after Steve Hawes sets Mark Welling up for a superb drive into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. 3-1

1643 – The goal has given Berko a burst of energy, and Dale Sears sees a header cleared off the line, though the red had blown for leaning.

1648 – Tigers have been very impressive this half and continue to press hard.

1651 – Following lengthy treatment to Si Carmichael, the Tigers get a second as centre-half Dmitri Larin heads home. 3-2

1654 – It’s all over and a great three points for the Comrades. Well done boys!

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