Hanwell got their reward for being the only team in the five divisions of the Spartan South Midlands League to have a fit pitch on Saturday as they sent Berkhamsted to their heaviest ever defeat. Mick Vipond was pleased to welcome back skipper Dan Griggs after a lengthy suspension, Glenn Thompson after injury and striker Connor Calcutt for his first game in 3 months.
Hanwell’s pacey young wingers gave the Berko full backs a torrid time and had the brains to cross carefully to create goals by picking out forwards who kept losing their markers. They took the lead in the 4th minute when Bill Healey converted a cross from the right wing shooting home. They were two up inside the first quarter of an hour when they went up the left wing and crossed for Connor Duffy to head past Carl Tasker. At the other end Calcutt had a shot that was just the wrong side of the post. Tasker kept Berko in the game with a fine save back-pedalling and was being kept busy. Berko survived a penalty appeal against Gavin for an alleged handball. Just before the interval Griggs was booked winning a tackle that saw the home player substituted.
Hanwell hit the bar with a header whilst Calcutt snapped a shot just inches beyond the post. Berko got the ball in the net when Griggs foolishly punched a cross into the goal to get his second yellow and reduce his team to 10 men. Jordon Frederick picked up a booking for dissent.
There was plenty goalmouth action on the slippy surface. Substitute Charlie Baverstock tapped in a third goal. Berko kept trying and Thompson spotted the keeper off his line and netted after one-two with Calcutt. Bekim Culaj had a free kick in a dangerous position but fired over the bar. Tasker came out to head an attempted clearance but the ball broke for Duffy to net his second to make it 4-1.
Vipond brought on teenage substitutes Ashley Morrissey and Harry Sedgley to add impetus. However, Josh Chamberlain scored an own goal that emphasised it was not the Comrades day. Youth team striker Mitchell Cole was brought on in his place. Two goals in injury time from Michael Buckley and Healey completed the rout.
Tasker; Gavin (Sedgley), Rodrigoe, Culaj, Nott-Macaire, Frederick, Thompson, Griggs, Calcutt Pritchard, (Morrissey) , Chamberlain(Cole). Subs. Not used Boad.
There was still snow on the pitch at Broadwater so the under 18 game with Hemel Hempstead on Thursday night was postponed as was the reserve game against Dunstable Town on Saturday.
Dale Sears, Frankie Jowle and Lawrence Bunker who all missed the Hanwell trip through work commitments may be in the squad for the trip to Haringey Borough on Saturday. Manager Mick Vipond will probably be without the injured Myles Stephenson. Midfielder Nick Ward broke his leg in a training in midweek and will be out for the season. Berko will be at home to Hillingdon Borough in another Premier division game on Tuesday 5th February.
Berko’s reserves are at home to Hartley Wintney in the Suburban League North on Saturday. The under 18 s are at Allstars Academy in the league on Thursday 31st and at home to Colney Heath in the cup on Thursday 7th.


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