BERKO NOTCH BIGGEST WIN OF THE SEASON

BERKHAMSTED 5 LONDON TIGERS 1

Berko notched their biggest win of the season against relegation threatened London Tigers on Saturday with Frankie Jowle leading the way with a hat trick that included two penalties. The emphatic score was a pleasant surprise for the Broadwater faithful as it ended a run of five consecutive defeats and was achieved despite half a team missing through suspension and leading scorer Lawrence Bunker failing a late fitness test.

Jowle gave Berko the lead in the 16th minute shooting home after running on to a through ball as Josh Chamberlain and Lewis Pritchard worked well to release him. Emmanuel Njodzcka equalised in the 37th minute when he cut in from the left wing and curled a fine shot over Carl Tasker just inside the far post at the canal end.

Two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half killed off the Tigers challenge. Josh Chamberlain was fouled twice, the first time just outside the penalty area but the ref waved play on only for him to be tripped inside the box for a penalty. Jowle converted the spot kick shooting past Jamie Adim. That got the Berko’s  tails up and fit again Myles Stephenson was on hand to tap in and make it 3-1. He could have had more goals but Adim saved when he ran clear of the defence.

Jamie Gavin scored another tap in from close range to make it 4-1. Soon after he had to retire with a recurring hamstring injury which let Bewn Humphrey make his debut. Another promotion from the reserves Nathan Mattison came on up front to make his debut too. Jowle was tripped late in the game right in front of the assistant referee who put his flag across the chest to indicate the penalty. That game him the opportunity to complete his hat trick which he duly did scoring in the same spot at the canal goal as his previous spot kick.

Tasker;  Gavin ,Power, Culaj, Preston, Thompson , Jowle, Sedgley, Stephenson(Mattison),  Pritchard(Ward) Chamberlain., Subs. Not used Bevan and Bunker.

On Tuesday night Berko bid to get into the semi final of the Herts. Charity Shield for the first time when they travel to Hoddesdon Town where they will come up against ex Comrade Tyler Hatherly. Ross Miller, Dale Sears and Lewis Rodrigoe can all return after suspension and Lawrence Bunker should be fit. It gives Mick Vipond more choice of players for the important cup tie. Jordan  Frederick and Dan Griggs remain suspended and Jamie Gavin and Stefan Owen-Edwards are on the injured list.

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