Berko crashed to a heavy defeat in their first game of the new year in front of the second biggest crowd in the league on Saturday. Only two sides have beaten Jets in the league this season and whilst the opening quarter of an hour belonged to the home side, after that the Broadwater faithful suffered a disappointing day.
A Josh Chamberlain cross was not converted by Lawrence Bunker. Former Berko Town goalkeeper Sam Styles saved from young Ashley Morrissey as the home side started brightly attacking the railway end. Things started to go wrong in the 14th minute when Glenn Thompson had to come off with a twisted ankle. Lewis Putman opened the scoring in the 23rd minute for his 43rd goal of the season. A back header from Jordon Frederick was intercepted and whilst Carl Tasker saved from Gavin Hart, Putman was first to the loose ball and fired home. Within a minute the lead was doubled when Steve Brown headed home from a free kick delivered by Chris Ingham. To complete a miserable 5 minutes Berko’s Josh Chamberlain came off injured. Losing two men in the first half meant a reshuffle of the team, who held on to half time without conceding further. Indeed substitute Harry Sedgley had a golden chance to get a goal back but headed wide when unmarked at the far post.
In the second half Morrissey sent over some decent crosses but Danny Power headed wide and Bunker’s shot was saved. Putman hit the post with a long shot as Jets continued to look dangerous at the other end. Micky Vipond gambled by taking off a defender and sending on an extra forward in Myles Stephenson as his final substitute. There were plenty defenders in the 6 yard box but again Steve Brown arrived at the back post to nod home the third goal from an Andy Lomas cross and kill off any hope of a Comrades comeback in the 67th minute.
Lee Inch was troubling the Berko defence and Power was booked for dissent after bringing him down. Next time they clashed Inch went down to earn a penalty which the prolific Putman converted with quarter of an hour left. The offence meant a second yellow card and marching orders for Power. For the 10 men Stephenson wasted another good Morrissey cross but there were few chances as too many Berko players had an off day.
Tasker; Power, Rodrigoe, Miller , Nott-Macaire (Stephenson), Frederick , Jowle, , Thompson (Sedgley), Morrissey Bunker , Chamberlain (Culaj) Subs. Not used Pritchard & Ward.

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