Sat 10th March

Sat 10th Mar 2012

Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier

LEVERSTOCK GREEN 1 v 3 BERKHAMSTED

Three seasons ago manager Mick Vipond was sacked by Leverstock Green and later took up the reins at the newly formed Berkhamsted F.C. in Division Two.

But two Championships later, his new side came out on top when he took them to Pancake Lane on Saturday. Overtaking  their hosts in the Premier division league table on goal difference.

The first half was typical dour derby fare with few clear cut chances. Ex QPR striker Kevin Gallen missed a few opportunities for the home side and for the visitors Dale Sears headed over and Josh Chamberlain shot wide.

Things livened up in the second half as Sears headed home a Frankie Jowle cross to put Berko in front. It was his first Berko goal in his injury ravaged season.

Fit again Louis Austin created the equaliser for Dan Griggs. However, Josh Chamberlain twice went down in the penalty box for the visitors. Whilst play was waved on the first time, he was given the penalty on the second occasion, even though it looked to most people, as if the first one was the better shout. Last week Matt Wardle had a penalty saved, so Berko switched their spot kicker to Jowle and he duly netted his first goal for Berko.

Mick brought on a new teenage forward, in the shape of recent signing from Hemel Hempstead Town, Connor Calcutt. Matt Wardle made sure of the points with a late goal for the visitors as he shot the ball under the advancing goalkeeper Carl Tasker. Completing a hat trick of goals from ex Green players. 

Berko: Farmer,  Power (Smith), Rodrigoe, J.Carmichael, S. Carmichael, Welling, Wardle,   Hawes,  Chamberlain(Macpherson), Sears , Jowle(Calcutt)Subs not  used: Usmani. Davies.

Berko face two of the top six sides this week. They go to Leighton to play in-form Aylesbury United on Wednesday 14th. It is likely to be tough against a side that have only been beaten once in their last 9 games. On Saturday 17th Berkhamsted entertain Tring Athletic at Broadwater in a match that is sure to draw a big crowd. Berko had a comfortable win when the sides met at the start of the season so Tring will be keen to give a better account of themselves in their first trip to Broadwater since the Comrades club was formed. Berko are at home again on Tuesday 20th to Hillingdon Borough in the Premier division.

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