Berkhamsted got revenge over the side that knocked them out of the FA Vase last season, with a comprehensive win in Saturday’s friendly. Mick Vipond’s side built on the good showing in midweek against Wingate & Finchley. Connor Calcutt opened the scoring with a header past Priddle from a Frankie Jowle cross mid-way through the first half. He netted again with a low shot beyond the keeper inside the far post to double the lead in the 35th minute.

Whislt Berko were dominant, Manor pulled a goal back in the 65th minute when Luke Sands tapped in from close range. However, Berko produced two more fabulous goals to make sure of the win. Calcutt turned provider when after a neat passing build up, he crossed from the right and Adam Mead shuffled feet and volleyed past the keeper. In the 77th minute Frankie Jowle received the ball and from outside the penalty area, placed a perfect shot in the top corner past Priddle, that was just inches inside both the post and the bar. That put Berko 4-1 up.

It was a good all round performance, with the defence rarely troubled and the Comrades controlled the midfield as well as scoring some fine goals to boost confidence throughout the side. It is the first time in four attempts that the new Berko club have beaten an Essex Senior League side.

Manor had the consolation of winning the battle of the reserve sides at Broadwater, 1-0 before the above game.

Tasker; Griggs, Rodrigoe, Chamberlain, Gavin, Hawes, Frederick, Mead, Calcutt, Jowle, Towell. Substitutes Morrissey, Thompson. Hardy,Coultas, Canham.

On Saturday Berko have a home quarter final of the Herts Charity Shield when they entertain promoted Hoddesdon Town at Broadwater ko3pm. They are at home to Chipperfield Corinthians in a friendly on Tuesday 6th-the last chance to see the side before the league season kicks off.



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