FIRST CUP FINAL FOR BERKO

1st teamBERKHAMSTED 2 CHIPPERFIELD CORINTHIANS 1
On Tuesday night Berkhamsted got through to a cup final for the first time since the new club was formed with a St Marys Cup semi final victory over a determined Chipperfield side, who had knocked out Leverstock Green in the previous round. It took Berko’s unbeaten run to 9 games
Berko had the lions’ share of first half possession with Chippefield occasionally breaking out to attack. There was drama before half time when Dale Sears was on the floor and got kicked in the head and retaliated. He got a red card and so did Chipperfield’s Adam Godfrey to reduce it to 10 a side.
Dan Griggs worked his way into the penalty area to shoot Berko into the lead just before the interval. 10 minutes into the second half Adrian Abramian was tripped and converted the penalty himself. There was a flurry of bookings and substitutions but it always looked as if Berko would snatch victory. Connor Calcutt grabbed his first goal since October to win the match in the closing stages after being put through by the fit again Bekim Culaj.
The final will be held in May once the quarter final tie between Hemel Hempstead Town and Oxhey Jets is resolved with the winners playing Tring Athletic in the semi final for the right to face Berko.
Tasker; Gavin, Rodrigoe, Sears, Branson,Culaj, Jowle ,Griggs, Calcutt, Pritchard (Cole). Chamberlain (Thompson). Subs. Not used Sedgley ,Morrissey,Stephenson.
Lee Butler and Adam Bevan are injured but otherwise Mick Vipond’s side could be at full strength on Saturday 9th when they go to Colney Heath for a Premier division match. On Thursday 14th they go to Haringey Borough.

Reserves
The last game in the Suburban League Shield Group D is at Broadwater on Saturday when Berkhamsted entertain Royston Town. The top two in the group go through to the quarter finals. Dunstable Town’s 3-1 win at Royston on Saturday booked one of the places. Berko will only qualify if they can get a draw or a win on Saturday -but if Royston win they take the quarter final place instead.

Under 18s
Berkhamsted under 18s entertain Hemel Hempstead Town in the Delphian division on Thursday 7th ko 7:30pm. The match could determine which of the two Dacorum sides wins the division and which is left as runners-up. Hemel are currently three points clear but a home win would leave the sides level on points with just one game each to play.

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