1ST DRAW OF THE SEASON FOR BERKO

AFC DUNSTABLE 2 BERKHAMSTED 2

Honours were shared on Wednesday night in a close game between two of the promotion contenders. With back injuries ruling out Steve Hawes and Josh Chamberlain and Dale Sears and Jack Copson unavailable Berko had a rearranged team. The home sides’s top scorer BJ Christie put AFC ahead in the 15th minute latching on to a long ball and finishing well. Connor Calcutt and Jordon Frederick went close for Berko and a Lewis Rodrigoe overhead kick looked like going in, but went just the wrong side of the post. Dunstable had a slender one goal lead at the interval.

A burst of two goals around the hour mark changed the game. A bullet header from James Towell from a fine cross by Calcutt produced the equaliser. Ed Canham headed a Jamie Gavin cross back across goal and Calcutt netted his 10th of the season to put Berko in front.

After some hesitation, the referee awarded the hime side a penalty for a trip by Canham. When the sides met earlier in the season a late penalty miss cost Dunstable dearly. This time Kyle Lincoln took it and gave Tasker no chance with a fierce top corner shot.

Mick Vipond made a double substitution, giving a debut to recent signing from Leverstock Green Adiel Mannion and introducing Ashley Morrissey. Calcutt beat two men and cut in fro the left but his shot drifted beyond the far post. Berko were fuming when Towell went clear only for the referee to fail to play the advantage rule and dragged play back 20 yards for a Berko free kick.

Berko: Tasker; Griggs ,Culaj, Rodrigoe, Canham Frederick, Jowle(Mannion), Gavin, Calcutt, Bent (Morrissey) Towell,.  Bent, Substitutes not used Mead &Chamberlain.

On Saturday Berko entertain Hoddesdon Town in another league game and will be keen to avenge a pre-season defeat in the Herts Charity Shield when Town last visited. Steve Hawes and Josh Chmaberlain should be recovered from back injuries to strengthen Mick Vipond’s squad. On Tuesday 1st October Berko go to Oxhey Jets ko7:30 in the Premier Division Cup.

Berko’s reserve team have a Suburban League match at Newport Pagnell Town on Saturday and on Wednesday evening the under 18s are at King Langley in the Olympian division.

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