Comrades v AFC Dunstable

BERKHAMSTED 3 AFC DUNSTABLE 1

Berko notched an excellent win to go to the top of the table and overtake AFC Dunstable as they made it five wins out of five this season. Manager Mick Vipond reshuffled his side and they were under the cosh at times in the first half, but withstood the pressure and ended up worthy winners.

The visitors missed a few chances at the railway end and were made to pay in the end. They had to change their side when a player went to hospital with a knee injury but brought on BJ Christie as a substitute in the first half. The opening goal was a classic, with the Comrades breaking out of defence and Lawrence Bunker heading Berko in front from an excellent cross.

Berko doubled their lead when a deep cross from the right by Dale Sears was met at the back post by Matt Wardle who arrived just in time to head home. Lewis Rodrigoe picked up a booking and soon after Dunstable made a double substitution in the hope of salvaging something. However, It was Berko that went 3-0 up when Tony Burnett scored with virtually his first touch when he pounced on a loose ball and shot past Nick Gardner from close range.

Steve Hawes was sent off after treading on a visiting player and with the extra man advantage they began to press against Terry Billy hit the cross bar.

Any time that they broke through they found Ed Farmer in majestic form in the home goal as he foiled several one on one chances. Hayden Wills scored in the last minute as he was finally beaten. The games between these sides are always fiercely contested and there were five yellow cards, but it was not a dirty match.

Comrades: Farmer, Toomey, Rodrigoe, J. Carmichael, S. Carmichael (Burgess), Wright, Sears, Hawes, Bunker (Welling), Wardle (Burnett), Usmani. Subs not used: Clark and Chamberlain.

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