Weds 14th March

Weds 14th Mar 2012

Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier

AYLESBURY UTD 3 v 2 BERKHAMSTED

Manager Mick Vipond had to reshuffle his victorious side from the Leverstock Green derby on Saturday. Simon Carmichael was absent through illness and Wednesday night work committments ruled out Josh Smith and Kerkstun Macpherson.

With only one defeat in their last nine games and the Comrades having only one win in their last seven, the recent form of the two sides was reflected in the great start that the confident Ducks made to the game.

United took the first half by storm and opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a wonderful strike by Joey Acheampong. He cut in from the left wing and spotting Ed Farmer off his line, shot hard and high into the far top corner of the net.

Farmer was the Berko saviour in the first half, keeping the score down, saving when Acheampong beat the offside trap. Stacey Field was next to break through but shot wide with the goal gaping.

For the Comrades, Frankie Jowle beat the right back and tried a snap shot instead of a cross and Jack Sillitoe saved by tipping the ball over. When the resulting corner kick came in, it was only half cleared and the recalled Jon Davies blasted a powerful volley inches over the bar.

The exposed Farmer nearly saved a shot with his ankle from Field but he went on to score in the 28th minute to double the Ducks lead. At the other end Berko could not capitalise on a defensive muddle when keeper Sillitoe gave the ball away on the edge of his penalty area.

Berko again had to reshuffle their side just before the interval as Aaron Usmani got his studs caught in the pitch and twisted his knee, leaving the field in some discomfort.. Unfortunately Field scored his second in the resulting first half injury time, to give Berko a mountain to climb in the second half.

The half time team talk certainly did the trick as there was an astonishing turn around in the second period as Berko produced a terrific display.

Matt Wardle got his 13th of the season when he robbed a defender and raced in on goal and lashed home to make it 3-1.

Substitutes Josh Chamberlain and recent signing from Hemel Hemel Hempstead, Connor Calcutt were causing chaos, as the Berko midfield began to dominate. With quarter of an hour left Chamberlain got round the back and his cross was bundled home by Calcutt, for his first goal for the Comrades.

The lively Calcutt nearly levelled matters, but inside the six yard box he could not reach another fine Chamberlain cross to the back post. However the next such cross was met by a powerful downward header by Calcutt, only for Sillitoe to produce his best save of the night and Berko were left to rue what might have been, as Aylesbury hung on to the final whistle.

Berko: Farmer, Power, Rodrigoe, J.Carmichael, Davies (Francis), Welling, Wardle, Hawes, Usmani (Calcutt), Sears, Jowle (Chamberlain). Subs not used: Gavin. Boad.

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