BERKO COME BACK TO WIN ENTERTAINING MATCH

BERKHAMSTED  3 COLNEY HEATH 2

Berko twice came from behind to take all of the points and leapfrog over visitors Colney Heath in the league table in a splendidly entertaining match at Broadwater on Saturday afternoon that featured several spectacular goals.

Mick Vipond had to reshuffle his side with Ross Miller, Lawrence Bunker and Hugo Figueiredo going down sick. However, Lewis Rodrigoe and Josh Chamberlain were fit to return for Berko.

Aaron Clarke gave the visitors an early lead with a super strike from outside the penalty area. Frankie Jowle, who is enjoying a fine season saw Heath’s keeper Tom Blackman off his line and netted with an exquisite chip from the left of the penalty area that curled into the net at the canal end midway through the first half.

Both teams were willing to run at defenders and came forward in numbers as the game ebbed and flowed with chances galore created. For the Comrades, a Chamberlain lob went close and Bekim Culaj shot wide. Carl Tasker produced a few good saves when Heath got through the defence.

In the second half Lewis Pritchard came on for Myles Stephenson. Berko backed off to allow Jamie Eames to put Heath ahead again. However, Josh Chamberlain equalised with a superbly taken goal at the railway end. With his back to goal he connected with a cross acrobatically bicycle kicking the ball with pace past Blackman into the goal. There were penalty appeals at both ends turned down. Having got level, it was Berko who began to take control and pressed hard for the winner in the remainder of the match with Danny Power getting forward well from full back.

The winner came with 10 minutes left when Dale Sears rose to power home a header. Blackman got his fingertips to the ball by diving low to his left, but could not prevent the ball crossing the line at the far post.

Berko: Tasker; Power, Rodrigoe, Culaj, Preston, Frederick(Thompson), Jowle, Griggs, Stephenson (Pritchard), Sears , Chamberlain. Subs.not used Gavin and Boad.

Berko’s reserve side notched their second away win of the season when a side composed almost entirely of teenagers notched a 3-2 win at Hartley Wintney in their longest trip of the season. Connor Toomey beat the offside trap to put Berko ahead and James Towell doubled the lead when he rounded the goalkeeper to net. A scrambled goal put the home side briefly back in the match but  Kevin Adweumni restored the two goal advantage with a shot from 20 yards to make it 3-1. Late in the game Hartley got a consolation goal. As well as scoring three times Berko rattled the woodwork on several occasions.

Fixture news

On Saturday Berko go to St Margaretsbury, who are one place above them in the Spartan South Midlands Premier division table. Dan Griggs and Jordon Frederick should be back after suspensions to boost manager Mick Vipond’s selection options. On Tuesday 13th Berko go to Ampthill Town in a Premier division Cup game where they hope to repeat their league win from last month. That is the first of three games that Josh Chamberlain will miss following his sending off in the St Marys Cup.

On Saturday Berko’s reserve side are at home to Dunstable Town who lie next to them in the Suburban North league table.

 

 DUNSTABLE TOWN  1 BERKHAMSTED 0

Only a very late header from a disputed free kick gave the league leaders the points against Berko , who dominated large chunks of the match on Tuesday night.

Paul Taylor was kept very busy in the home goal in the first half and even when he was beaten a defender kicked off the line a Dan Griggs shot. Myles Stephenson’s pace was tormenting the home defence early on and Lewis Pritchard was winning the ball in the air to to keep the pressure up. The Berko defence were untroubled for most of the game and managed to keep Lee Roache out of the penalty area where his dribbling, shooting and dives had caused problems on previous occasions when the sides have met.

Taylor produced a good save back pedalling to keep out a Stephenson shot early in the second half. Frank Jowle sent over numerous corners but the Dunstable defence held firm. Mick Vipond sent on a couple of substitutes in a bid to win the game but it was Town who won the game with an 88th minute goal. Dale Sears won the ball but connected with the player on the follow through so the referee awarded a free kick. Mills took it and substitute Darren Pickering just got enough head on the ball to net a t the back post past Carl Tasker.

Berko were left with another four bookings but no points in a game where they were worth at least a draw and with better finishing would surely have won.

Berko Tasker; Power, Miller, Culaj, Preston, Sears , Jowle, Griggs, Stephenson, Thompson(Frederick), Pritchard(Sedgley). Sub.not used Gavin, Chamberlain, Figueiriedo

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