Comrades v Broxbourne

Tues 29th Nov 2011

BERKHAMSTED 1 V 4 BROXBOURNE BOROUGH

Herts Charity Shield 1/4 Final

Berkhamsted looked to have overcome their lethargy from Saturday and in an improved first half performance carved out numerous chances. However, a poor second half meant Berko exited the Herts Charity Shield, on Tuesday night, at Broadwater.

First half action saw Berko survive an early goal line scare but then succumb to a soft goal in the 18th minute, when Jordan Watson lobbed over Ed Farmer. Lawrence Bunker flicked a shot wide after neat play by Tyler Hatherly and Frank Jowle. Bunker then rattled the cross bar from a fine cross by left back Josh Chamberlain. Ross Clemo found himself free at the back post but shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

Finally the pressure told and Bunker levelled the scores just before the interval after being played in by Micky O’Farrell.

Broxbourne got back in front very early in the second half catching Berko cold, when Kirkston McPherson netted. With quarter of an hour remaining McPherson headed the visitors 3-1 ahead.

There was still a great deal of drama to come as Broxbournes Gabriel Akawuduke went beserk and had to be held back, when he got a red card for trying to fight the world, after he was beaten in a challenge by Jim Carmichael. As well as that red card there were 5 bookings for Borough, whose manager was also carded. Substitute Russell Clark was the only booking for Berko.

In injury time substitute Louis Collins gave the score line a flattering 4-1 look.

Berko: Farmer, Clemo, Chamberlain, J. Carmichael, Rose,Teasdale, Davies, O’Farrell(Usmani) Bunker(Clark), Hatherly, Jowle. Subs not used : Gavin, Boad.

On Saturday Berko are at home to bottom of the Premier division table side Holmer Green with a 3pm kick off at Broadwater. Mick Vipond faces selection problems with Louis Rose, Lewis Rodrigoe and Tyler Hatherly all suspended.

However, Russell Clark and Aaron Usmani are back after injury and it is hoped that Matt Wardle and Steve Hawes may be fit to return too. Berko are close to making a couple of new signings to strengthen the team.

Berko face their toughest test since their formation on Tuesday 6th December when they are at home to Bishops Stortford, who are three divisions above them as they play in the Blue Square North. It is a Herts Senior Cup tie, that kicks off at 7:45p.m.

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