Those that chose Broadwater as their destination for Non League Day witnessed a close tie that was only resolved deep in extra time when Berko finally got the goals to extend their run to seven consecutive wins. Berko’s best crowd of the season to date had to wait for the goals as there were none in the first half, despite plenty of effort in this FA Carlsberg Vase tie.

Connor Calcutt was leading the line well for Berko whilst skipper Anthony Anstead looked the man most likely for the visitors, when he was not engaged assisting the referee. Ed Canham was a threat when he came up for corner kicks at the railway end. Near the interval Carl Tasker produced his best save to keep out a free kick from Mark Summers.

Josh Chamberlain got the ball at the back post but shot wide for the Comrades. Anstead hit the post when he spotted Tasker off his line. Berko got their noses in front on the hour mark when Frankie Jowle broke and squared the ball for Calcutt to continue his purple patch of goalscoring form, by sweeping the ball home. Anstead got a yellow card for pushing over Lewis Rodrigoe. The equaliser came when a Jamie Gavin deflection left Tasker stranded and the ball looped in at the back post.

At the other end a  probing Lewis Rodrigoe free kick was met by Jamie Gavin whose header was just over the bar. The game went into extra time as there was little to separate the sides. Centre half Tommy Wade came up from defence and put the visitors in front as the first half of extra time was nearing its conclusion. Mick Vipond responded by introducing fresh legs in Ashley Morrissey and Bekim Culaj for their first appearances of the season and gambled on a more attacking formation. Skipper Dan Griggs swept home the equaliser with just five minutes left to go at the canal end. He put the ball in the net again only to be denied by an offside flag. Culaj put a shot wide as Berko pressed to avoid a replay and went all out for the winner. That man Calcutt netted his ninth goal in the last four games when his  shot beat Harry Ricketts from a fine pass from the right wing by the speedy breaking Culaj. There was only two minutes left for Hertford to try and respond but they could not, so Berko will be at home to Buckingham Town on Saturday 21st September in the next round.

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

Next up for Berko is a home league game with Hillingdon Borough on Tuesday 10th when they will look to consolidate their 4th spot in the Premier division. James Bent should be available to return. Attention will thenmove to Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Daventry Town, who have a 100% league record  in the Calor League Central. Adam Mead and Dale Sears will be available again for that tie. If a replay is needed it will be at Broadwater on Tuesday 17th replacing the league trip to Oxhey Jets. Supporters are welcome on the team coach which departs Broadwater at 11:15am on Saturday. The cost for will be £10.

For those not going to Daventry there is a Suburban Leageu match at Broadwater with Berko entertaining Tring Athletic reserves ko3pm.

On Thursday night Berkhamted under 18s won 5-1 at home to Hillingdon. Kai Lewis opened the scoring in the 7th minute and Jay Caines doubled the lead after 18 minutes. Home goalkeeper, Liam Pereira got a yellow card when he conceded a penalty which Hillingdon scored to make it 2-1 at half time. Berko were on top throughout the game and it was no surprise when Caines got a third and substitute Brad Turner bagged a brace at the canal end. On Wednesday 11th our under 18s have their third home game on the trot, when they entertain the early division leaders Colney Heath.


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