Comrades v Harefield Utd

MSSML Premier
Sat 22nd Oct 2011
BERKHAMSTED 3 v 2 HAREFIELD UTD

After a disappointing run of results, Berkhamsted are back to winning ways and Saturday’s victory over Harefield was their third in a row.

The Comrades introduced a new signing from London Colney, Frankie Jowle, to their line up. In the very first minute of the game he almost created a sensation when his first touch, in his new colours was a shot against the post. Minutes later Lawrence Bunker headed the ball against the bar with the Harefield defence all at sea.

The home side continued to press and were finally rewarded in the 23rd minute when, again, Bunker hit the bar; but this time Tyler Hatherley, the smallest player on the pitch, reacted first to nod the rebound home.

Two goals for Tyler Hatherly

The home side continued to dominate for the rest of the half, forcing twelve corners to the visitors one. But Keeper Eddie Farmer did have to be sharp off his line on a couple of occasions. Inspite of  all this pressure, the closest Berkhamsted came to scoring was in the last minute of the half when, after panic in the Harefield defence, goalkeeper Ben Goode found himself outside the penalty area and a long way from home. From the resulting scamble Jowle’s clever lob just drifted wide of the deserted goalposts.

The second half was less than two minutes old when the Comrades doubled their advantage. Goode failed to hold on to a Russel Clark pile driver and, from the resulting melee, top scorer Bunker was on hand to fire home. However, Harefield were back in the game almost immediately when Jack Reader scored with a fine effort from the edge of the area.

Harefield then had their best spell of the game and the home defence came under increasing pressure as the visitors pressed forward. Eddie Farmer pulled off a fine double save to prevent an equaliser, but he could do nothing to prevent Neil Perrin from scoring from the penalty spot in the 67th minute, after a home defender was adjudged to have handled the ball.

Former Wodson Park player Lewis Rose, made his Berko debut, replacing injured captain Simon Carmichael. Both sides were now pressing forward looking for the decisive moment, with the home side very close. Only a spectacular clearance on the line from Liam Sonner kept the ball out.

In injury time drama ensued at both ends of the pitch. Defender Steve Hawes, who had a fine game, kept incredibly cool under pressure from no less than three forwards, and dribbled the ball out of his own area before clearing downfield. Seconds later the ball was in the back of the Harefield net as Tyler Hatherly, who was looking the man most likely and rapidly becoming a favourite with the Broadwater faithful, scored with a low left foot shot from twenty yards to give Berko the three points.

It was the final action in an entertaining game in which both teams played their part in front of Berkhamsted’s growing number of supporters.

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