Saturday 7th April

April 7th 2012

Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier


Berko’s first home win since November meant we moved above our opponents Leverstock Green and into 8th place, as Stotfold lost at Tring Athletic.

In front of a good derby day holiday crowd, we completed a fairly comfortable league double, with all our goals coming from ex Green players, as in the away fixture.

Matt Wardle
Two goals and MOM.

Ben Butler, who used to play in the Southern League for the old Berkhamsted Town club, forced Ed Farmer to make an early save when his shot was tipped past the post.

Matt Wardle was the danger man at the canal end and he broke free but his shot was safely gathered into the arms of Gareth Tinsley.

The next time Wardle got clear he gave the Comrades the lead with a left foot shot. However, the visitors were soon level when a free kick by James Bent sailed into the top of the goal from out on the left wing.

Tinsley held a second half shot from Jordan Fredrick after neat work by Wardle and Connor Calcutt. Berko got back in front when Fredrick found Calcutt on the wing and from his cross Wardle helped himself to the second goal, just getting the ball past Tinsley before the two players collided.

Calcutt beat two men and his shot was hit hard but just too high at the railway end. Within minutes of coming on for skipper Dale Sears, Frankie Jowle went down under a challenge from Louis West and took the penalty himself to make it 3-1 and ensure the points came to Berko.

Teenage substitute Josh Chamberlain twice went close for Berko, putting one effort past the post and beating Tinsley with another shot when he was played in by Wardle, but a defender was on hand to clear off the line.

Berko: Farmer, Gavin (Smith), Rodrigoe, J.Carmichael, S.Carmichael, Welling, Wardle, Hawes, Calcutt (Chamberlain), Sears (Jowle) , Fredrick.

Subs not used: Davies. Francis.

The Reserves failed to score in a league game for the first time since September as they went down 0-2 at Newport Pagnell Town.

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