Berko won through to the next round of the FA Cup on Saturday thanks to Connor Calcutt’s second half hat trick, as they beat Harefield for the second time this month.

The unchanged Comrades side made a good start with Ed Canham getting his first goal for the club. He came up for a corner by Josh Chamberlain and smashed a volley past Michael Pearce to open the scoring in just the 10th minute. Harry Howell got ahead of the defence for the visitors, but went to ground with an unsuccessful penalty appeal, when he might have scored if he had kept going.

Berko were generally well on top and Jordon Frederick had a shot kicked off the line, and Pearce tipped a Calcutt shot for a corner. Pearce’s legs came to United’s rescue as he kept out a shot from James Towell. Chamberlain had a couple of chances at the railway end, arriving for back post headers with one of them striking the cross bar. However, it was United that equalised when Jack Copson was caught pushing at a corner to concede a penalty and earn a yellow card.  Skipper Paulo Cicero gave Carl Tasker no chance from the spot kick.

Berko were beginning to think those missed first half chances could prove costly as Dan Griggs and Steve Hawes had shots that were not on target. However, Calcutt put the home side ahead with half an hour remaining.  A ball was threaded into the danger area and a defensive slip left him free and he fired in a good shot at the canal end to make it 2-1. Adam Mead came on for James Towell and Glenn Thompson also came off the bench. Soon after Jack Copson struck a thunderbolt that rebounded off the post to safety. A defender kicked a Canham header from a Chamberlain cross off the goal-line. Berko really wanted another goal to make things safe and United threw caution to the wind in the closing stages, sending on extra forwards including ex Broadwater favourite Ben Porter.

Calcutt added two more goals in the last 5 minutes to finish the contest with two good shots, one finishing off a good move with a bending shot and finally completing his hat trick with a solo effort after running in from the right hand side of the area.

The tie attracted Berko’s biggest crowd of the season so far. Berko will be away to Daventry Town in the next round on Saturday 14 September-supporters are welcome on the team coach.

Berko: Tasker; Griggs, Copson, Rodrigoe, Canham, Sears, Hawes(Addison), Frederick (Thompson), Calcutt, Towell (Mead), Chamberlain. Substitutes not used, Gavin & Hardy.

In the Suburban League Berko’s development squad reserves drew 1-1 away to Southall Reserves. Tommy Twelves got the goal for Berko.

Berko have two home first team games this week. They entertain London Tigers in the league on Tuesday 3rd ko 7:45pm. Frankie Jowle is available to return as the Comrades look to push up from 5th spot in the league. On Saturday internationals mean no Premier League games so it is Non-League Day and Berko are hoping it will boost the crowd for their home FA Vase tie with Hertford Town. The old Berkhamsted Town club once reached the final at Villa Park if this prestigious national competition that is sponsored by Carlsberg.





IMG_0209 Pictures provided by Ray Canham of Frame One Photography


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