DUNSTABLE’S TITLE CHARGE CONTINUES

BERKHAMSTED 1 DUNSTABLE TOWN 4

Unbeaten Dunstable kept their championship charge going at Broadwater on Tuesday night but Berko made them work hard, holding the visitors for over half an hour. Mick Vipond gave a debut to Ashley Fongho from Loughborough and he kept a tight rein on Lee Roache, who has given the Comrades so much trouble in the past. The recalled Jamie Gavin got a nasty cut from a high boot, that left him in a blood shirt and sporting a Terry Butcher like white headband but Berko did not get a free kick.

After 32 minutes the visitors broke through with a move down the right that ended with a well placed shot by Nathan Frater. Connor Calcutt struck the inside of the far post for Berko whose luck was out, as it rolled back along  the goalline without apparently crossing it. Berko could not quite hold out to half time as Graeme Buchanan powered a header into the goal from a corner.

Any hopes of a Berko comeback were extinguished 10 minutes into the second half when Tony Fontanelle scored with a low shot across Carl Tasker that went in at the far post. Myles Stepehnson came on as substitute and ended Berko’s recent goal drought when he outstripped the defence on accepting a pass from Calcutt and shot past veteran keeper Paul Taylor, whose appeals for offside were unanswered. Otherwise the visitors had the breaks from the officials with several handballs going unpunished. Another substitute Nick Jackson soon restored the visitors’ three goal advantage with a shot that went in off the goal post.

Dunstable should now go on to promotion as they have a 16 point lead with 9 games to go, which is unsurprising given the quality of the squad that they have assembled. Berko can take heart from a much improved performance although they were still handing over possession with too many ;long balls gobbled up by the towering centre backs.

Tasker; Gavin,  Rodrigoe, Thompson (Towell), Sears, Culaj (Pritchard ), Fongho, Griggs, Calcutt Cole (Stephenson), Chamberlain. Subs not used Sedgley& Branson.

Berko and Hemel are sure to finish as the top two in the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League’s Delphian division. On Thursday 21st Berko’s under 18 sides can win the title if they can complete a double over Hemel Hempstead Town in a game that is sure to be well attended at Broadawter ko 7:30pm. There is a lot at stake as a win for Hemel would leave them needing at most a point from their last match with Leverstock Green to take the title. A draw would mean Hemel could only get the title by winning against Leverstock Green.

On Saturday Berko have a derby game making the short trip to Pancake Lane to play Levertock Green where many will play against their old club. Dale Sears starts a five match ban with that game.

Berko’s reserves side have a Suburban League trip to Barton Rovers on Wednesday 27th.

 

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