Comrades v Broxbourne

Sat 5th Nov 2011

MSSML Premier

BERKHAMSTED 3 v 2 BROXBOURNE BOROUGH

The Comrades continued their good League form, making it one loss in the last seven as they came through this six pointer against Broxbourne.

Jordan Toomey replacing Jamie Gavin was the only change Mick Vipond made from the side that exited the St Marys Cup at Hemel in midweek and he responded by scoring his first goal for the club to level the scores and kick start Berko’s game.

Ex Wingate & Finchley striker Dean Williams put the visitors in front in the 20th minute when a shot came back off the post and he was first to react. Matt Wardle and Frank Jowle played some intelligent passes to get Lawrence Bunker running into the penalty area in the first half, but the defence held firm when he was on target.

Berko equalised in the second half when a Tyler Hatherly free kick was half cleared by Ed Thompson and when it was put back in, Toomey pounced to level the scores and visibly lift the Comrades’ spirits.

Jowle set up Bunker after Wardle released him but he could not covert the chance and Bunker’s next shot went well over the bar at the canal end. Thompson punched a fierce Jowle shot over the bar after Lewis Rodrigoe switched the ball all the way from the left to the right wing. On the hour mark, acting skipper Jim Carmichael came forward and hit the post and put Berko in front from the rebound, with the ball having already crossed the line by the time Thompson got his hands to it.

Borough nearly levelled almost immediately when their skipper Leon Skinner hit the post and it was pinball in the penalty box before Berko finally relieved the pressure with a goal kick. Meanwhile at the canal end early crosses from the overlapping Adam Mead were casuing problems but Thompson kept foiling Bunker. The third goal came down the right with Jowle beating a couple of players and laying it for Mead to cross and this time Bunker took the chance.

However the game was far from over and Williams got his second goal of the game by running down the middle and calmly slotting past Farmer. At the other end Jowle was causing havoc on the right wing and that continued even when Matt Seaton, the Borough left back was taken off.

Louis Collins hit the bar for Borough and the ball was scrambled away. Bunker set up Jowle but Thompson again tipped his shot over the bar. Carmichael got his head to a Hatherly corner but his effort was just the wrong side of the crossbar.

With 5 minutes to go Mead got sent off for his second yellow card of the afternoon, when he dived in to try and win the ball and conceded a penalty. Chris Doyle stepped up expecting to hit the equaliser with a low shot just inside the post but Farmer produced a wonderful save to keep Berko in front. Borough did eventually get the ball in the net but it was ruled offside from the free kick that created the chance. It was like a cup tie in the end with even visitng goalkeeper Ed Thompson coming up to the railway end to see if he could get a head to a few corners.

The second half was the most entertaining seen at Broadwater this season and featured Berko’s best football for a while -keeping the fans on the edge of their seats right up to the final whistle with an end to end battle.The three points won enabled Berko to open up a 5 point gap ahead of Borough in the table.

Berko: Farmer, Mead, Rodrigoe, Hawes, J.Carmichael, Toomey,Wardle, Rose, Bunker, Hatherly, Jowle. Subs not used: Davies, Gavin, Harewood-Williams, O’Farrell and Chamberlain.

On Saturday Berkhamsted go to St Margaretsbury in a league game hoping to have a couple of their injured players back. The Reserves are at home to Hartley Wintney in the Suburban League North on Saturday ko 3.00pm. On Thursday 10th Berko under 18s are away to Chesham United.

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