POINT FOR BERKO

BERKHAMSTED 1 HILLINGDON BOROUGH 1
Mick Vipond changed half his team from the side that suffered the record defeat at Hanwell and gave debuts in defence to teenage right back Adam Bevan and centre back Lee Butler. Dale Sears, Frankie Jowle and Myles Stephenson‘s work commitments allowed them to return too. The reshaped team showed urgency and worked hard. They had the early chances with Bekim Culaj going close with a back post header from a Jowle cross and Stephenson broke clear, but goalkeeper Harry Palmer saved. Sears was winninga lot of ball and also went close.
The game changed on the hour mark when a harsh foul was awarded against Butler and Ben Gill blasted the resulting free kick over the wall and past Carl Tasker, who had no chance. Getting in front gave Borough belief as they had been outplayed up to that point. Gill went on to rattle the metalwork with another free kick and Butler’s next foul earned a booking.
Jowle was giving his full back a torrid time and Vipond changed his two forwards in a bid to salvage something from the game. Berko got a late penalty when a defender handled but Jowle chipped it over the cross bar at the canal end. A testing long ball out of defence from Lewis Rodrigoe had the centere back trying to flick it back to his keeper but Palmer made a hash of it. The ball broke to substitute Josh Chamberlain who rolled in his th goal of the season to salvage a point.

Tasker; Butler, (Sedgley), Rodrigoe, Bevan, Griggs, Sears, Jowle, Thompson, Stephenson (Chamberlain), Calcutt (Pritchard), Culaj . Subs. Not used Gavin & Nott-Macaire.

On Saturday Berko are at home to AFC Dunstable in the Premier division and follow that with a trip to Biggleswade United on Tuesday evening.

Berko’s reserves are at Harefield United on Saturday in the Suburban League North.

On Thursday 7th the under 18 side are at home to Colney Heath, hoping to overcome a two goal deficit in the second leg of a cup match and have the return home Delphian division match with Allstars Academy Black on Thursday 14th.

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