Sat 21st April

April 21st 2012

Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier

BERKHAMSTED 3 v 1 BIGGLESWADE UTD

Berko’s resurgent end of season form continued on Saturday as they notched their fourth consecutive win, comfortably beating Biggleswade United.

They got off to a great start, opening the scoring with a fine goal in the 11th minute. Matt Wardle and Connor Calcutt exchanged passes on the left hand side and the ball was switched to overlapping right back Danny Power whose fine cross was slotted home by teenager Josh Chamberlain.

Scott Waters saved from another teenager Calcutt after he had beaten three men. Power was causing problems down the right, beating men and knocking over inviting crosses at the canal end that were not converted.

Meanwhile at the railway end Sean Murray’s snap shot from 25 yards caused a brief scare but the Berko defence were generally on top in the first half.

Midway through the game Berko had to replace the injured duo of Lewis Rodrigoe (dead leg) and Connor Calcutt (bruised ankle).

There was a flurry of goals at the start of the second half with Courtney Francis, for the second week running, coming off the bench to score. His first header was blocked, but he reacted to shoot home the loose ball. However, United soon hit back when Ade Yussuf getting a soft goal to make it 2-1.

Just after the hour mark, Chamberlain grabbed his second goal of the game, waiting at the left hand post for the ball to drop to him and volleying past Waters.

Berko thought they had a 4th goal but it was chalked off as Simon Carmichael was deemed offside when he headed the ball back to brother Jim, who volleyed home with style.

A 20 yard shot from Mark Welling dipped but went just over the bar at the railway end so there were no more goals to celebrate in the closing stages.

Berko: Farmer, Power, Rodrigoe(Davies), J.Carmichael, S.Carmichael, Welling , Wardle, Hawes, Calcutt (Francis), Fredrick(Smith), Chamberlain. Subs. Not used Boad.

Berko’s reserve side had a massive 5-1 win at Hartley Wintney in the Suburban League North on Saturday. Leading scorer Rowan Taylor again led the way with a pair of goals and Adam Balletta, Chris Chance and Karl Lewis also netted in the second half.

Saturday marks the end of Berkhamsted’s football season. They go to Colney Heath, knowing that a win would take them above their hosts to earn a creditable 7th spot in the final league table in our first season in the Premier division.

Right back Danny Power misses the game starting a suspension but otherwise Mick Vipond should have the whole squad to pick from, assuming Lewis Rodrigoe and Connor Calcutt recover from their knocks.

The reserve side play their final league game on Saturday when they go to Hanworth Villa.

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