Hillingdon v Comrades

Sat 1st Oct 2011 MSSML Premier

HILLINGDON BOROUGH 3 v 1 BERKHAMSTED

Berko’s depleted squad went down on Saturday in the searing heat to make it four defeats on the trot. Manager Mick Vipond was back from holiday and had to cope with an injury list made worse in his absence in the 3-0 midweek defeat by Aylesbury United when Simon Carmichael and Tyler Hatherly got hurt and several more squad players were unavailable on Saturday. The Comrades were so short in midfield that even coach Steve Boad was called up for a first start of the season.

The recalled Adam Mead hit the post for Berko from a right wing cross by Tony Burnett. Berko took the lead when Matt Wardle won a free kick which Russell Clark placed on the head of skipper for the day, Jim Carmichael, who beat keeper Ben Harris to the ball and scored. However, it was very short lived, as within a minute Paul Haynes equalised. Ed Farmer had pulled off a fine save to keep the ball out, but he could not get enough hand on the ball to tip it over the bar and Haynes capitalised with a header after he got to the loose ball first.

Early in the second half the entire defence had stopped, waiting in vain for a handball decision and the home man of the match Adam Willis broke free and coolly lobbed home over the out coming Famer to put Borough in front. Jack Buckle made it 3-1 when he tapped in a chance that was laid on a plate by the impressive  Chris Baah who had come forward and beaten three men. Berko tried fresh legs bringing on three men promoted from the reserve team but hard as Wardle and Burnett tried they could not get serious shots on target to trouble the home keeper.

Comrades: Farmer, Gavin, Chamberlain, J.Carmichael, Rodrigoe, Clark, Mead(Balletta), Boad(Gerrard),   Wardle, Burnett, Harewood Williams(Hewitt ) . Subs not used: Hawes.

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