DRAW OPENS LEAGUE SEASON

HERTFORD TOWN 3 BERKHAMSTED 3

Berko began their league campaign with an entertaining draw at Hertford on Saturday which was an improvement on last season when they lost there. Mick Vipond gave a first start to Lewis Pritchard in place of the unavailable Lawrence Bunker as the only change from the side that knocked Hoddesdon out of the FA Cup.

 

The home team made the better start with speedy strikers and went two goals up inside the first quarter of an hour through shots by Malachi Brissett and Billy Healey. Connor Calcutt pulled one back soon after with a header from a cross by Frankie Jowle. However, Billy Healey restored the two goal advantage in the 29th minute ghosting in to net. Craig Preston had to kick off his own line for Berko. Jordon Frederick fired a shot just over the bar as the interval approached.

 

Berko rescued a point with a fine second half performance. Berko’s leading scorer Calcutt pulled it back to 3-2 early in the second half with an exquisite lob catching the keeper off his line. There was still everything to play for and Healey hit the Berko bar twice.

 

Bekim Culaj returned from the bench after a holiday and came on for Lewis Rodrigoe who suffered a reaction to a bee sting. With Frederick also under the weather, Aaron Usmani also came on for Berko.

Harry Sedgley, son of the old Spurs player Steve, came on to make his debut for Berko However, it was Pritchard who saved the point with his first goal of the season with 6 minutes of normal time left. He hit an absolute screamer to open his account. It leaves Berko unbeaten after four competitive games this season.

 

Berko: Tasker; Gavin, Rodrigoe(Culaj) , Femiola, Ashby, Preston, Jowle, Griggs, Calcutt, Frederick, Pritchard. Usmani, Culaj, Sedgley. Sub. not used Creasy.

 

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