BERKO BACK UP TO 4TH

BERKHAMSTED 3 LONDON TIGERS 0

Berko notched their sixth consecutive win on Tuesday night against a battling Tigers side. They made the perfect start by taking the lead in the 4th minute when a Josh Cghamberlain corner was headed on by Ed Canham and Connor Calcutt was on hand to poke the ball in from close range to open the scoring. Overlapping full back Dan Griggs was dribbling past several men when he was tripped for a penalty.  Visiting goalkeeper Jamie Adim tried to delay the kick and put his hand in the face of Chamberlain who was waiting to take the penalty kick. Adim got sent off, but luckily for Tigers they had named a goalkeeper as substitute and Arlys Pampolim came on and saved Chamberlain’s spot kick.

A low shot from the recalled Adam Mead that slipped by the post was one of the few clear cut chances as the 10 men did well to hold on to the interval. Yousef Slterefi had a chance to equalise when he was left clear after Griggs miscued a ball on its way down from the sky, but Carl Tasker made a great save.

Micky Vipond decided to freshen things up bringing on Frankie Jowle who was back from suspension and James Towell and then gave a debut to James Bent the former Leighton and Hemel player.Jowle was soon in action on the end of a Towell cross. The long overdue second goal came when Calcutt was played in by a fine through ball and he ran on to net his 7th goal in 8 days with quarter of an hour remaining. Towell was denied by a save after good work by Calcutt created the chance. Jowle went down in the penalty area but the referee waved play on. However, Jowle created the third goal with a very inviting cross that Bent headed home powerfully to claim a goal on his debut.

The win moved Berko back up to 4th in the Premier division, with a game in hand on each of the top three teams.

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

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 of this prestigious national competition that is sponsored by Carlsberg. Everyone should be available to Mick Vipond for this important game. On Tuesday 10th Berko are at home to Hillingdon Borough in a Premier division game (assuming no FA Vase replays-which is reasonable as extra time is played on Saturday).

 

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