BERKO WIN 4-3 IN SEE SAW GAME AT UXBRIDGE IN THE FA CUP

Great drama in front of 190 fans at Honeycroft as Berko won with a couple of very late goals against a side from a division higher. All four goals for Berko came from teenagers.

The Comrades opened the scoring in the 11th minute when a cross cum shot from Josh Chamberlain eluded John Peacock in the Uxbridge goal and dropped inside the back post. Nicke Kabamba equalised in the 17th minute by nodding home a cross from the overlapping Kevin Warner. Chris Moore put Uxbridge ahead 10 minutes before the interval.

Berko got back on level terms in the 78th minute when veteran Dan Griggs crossed from the right hand side and Chamberlain netted his second of the game arriving unmarked at the back post. Uxbridge sent on Shaun Lucien and he put them 3-2 ahead after an effort by Matt Woods was saved by Kevin Marsh who put it onto the post but the sub was first to the loose ball.

Bekim Culaj kept out a Mark Dennison shot on the line. That set up the grandstand finish with Connor Calcutt tapping in from short range from another Griggs cross near the end. Many would have settled for a replay but Berko kept going and Jordon Frederick unleashed a pile driver from 30 yards to win the match.

Still Uxbridge tried to get back and only a fine save from Marsh made sure of the giantkilling on his debut, being promoted from the reserves for the unavailable Carl tasker. It is the first time the new Berkhamsted club have beaten a step 4 side and after three wins in the competition puts them in the 2nd qualifying round for the first time.

Monday’s lunchtime draw brought another tough tie, but at least Berko will be at Broadwater on Saturday 22nd Spetember when they entertain Metropolitan Police who are from the Ryman League Premier division. That is two divisions above Berko so it will be another challenge for Micky Vipond’s young side. These days not all the visitors will be serving policemen as teh club’s rules were relaxed a few years ago. It replaces Berko’s Challenge Trophy match with Aylesbury United which is postponed to make way for the FA Cup tie.

Highlights of our game at Uxbridge are on the internet at www.thefa.com

It is back to bread and butter league action on Tuesday at Broadwater when Harefield United are the visitors in a Premier division game. They are another side still going in the FA Cup.

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