Comrades v Haringey


MSSML Premier

Sat 8th Oct

BERKHAMSTED 1 v 1 HARINGEY BOROUGH

Honours were shared at Broadwater on Saturday with Berko on top in the first half, but Haringey threatened more in the final quarter of an hour, as both sides missed plenty of chances and will regard a draw as two points lost.

Micky Vipond had the rare luxury of naming the same starting eleven that enjoyed the midweek win at Royston Town. Mind you the sides were barely recognisable from the FA Cup tie a month ago, with the majority of Haringey’s starting eleven changed and Berko with five alterations.

It was Berko that started better and their crosses were somehow kept out until the 16th minute when Matt Wardle put the home side in front following a corner. At the other end a Richard Worrell free kick whistled past the post.

Nick Christofi kept out a Wardle shot and Josh Cahmberlain fired wide with a right  foot shot at the Canal End. The scores were levelled just before the interval when Richard Worrell cut in from the wing and beat Ed Farmer at his near post.

Former Colney Heath defender Amadou Gerber made his debut for Berko, coming on at right back for the injured Jamie Gavin. The already lengthy injury list for the Comrades got longer as Josh Chamberlain and Tony Burnett both had to come off hurt in the second half.

Tyler Hatherly and Wardle were the main dangers for Berko at the Railway End. Mark Welling came closest with a 20 yard drive that rose just above the cross bar. Meanwhile at the Canal End, Mario Georgiou also lobbed a good chance just over the bar.

The visitors finished strongly against the rearranged Berko side but too often their shots went the wrong side of the post. Ed Farmer got out well to take the ball off Worrell’s feet when he was lining up a shot.

There were 5 yellow cards, two for the visitors, including one for a nasty foul on Steve Hawes whilst both the Carmichael brothers went in the book along with Welling, long after the referee had played advantage.

Berko: Farmer, Gavin (Gerber), Balletta, J. Carmichael,  S. Carmichael, Welling, Hawes, Hatherly, Wardle,  Burnett (O’Farrell) Chamberlain (Clark). Subs not used:  Boad.

Att 100.

This Saturday Berko are at home to Stotfold, a side that they knocked out of the FA Vase earlier in the season at Broadwater. The Comrades are hoping that the current injury list of Jamie Gavin, Lewis Rodrigo, Josh Chamberlain, Aaron Usmani and Tony Burnett will have shrunk by then but, Dale Sears will be out for a long time with his ankle injury.

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