BERKO NOTCH LEAGUE DOUBLE

HODDESDON TOWN 2 BERKHAMSTED 4

Berko came out on top on Saturday in a clash of the 5th and 6th placed teams and the victory opened up a six point gap for Berko over Hoddesdon. Lewis Rodrigoe was fit to return for Berko and Dale Sears also dropped into the defence. The Comrades got off to a great start taking the lead with an early goal from Josh Chamberlain from a cross by Connor Calcutt. At the other end a Ben Andreos free kick rose over the cross bar. Carl Tasker saved low at his post and kept out a tricky Jamie Brandon cross.

The wet pitch was proving tricky and led to some defensive slips. Andreos equalised with a low shot after one such error. However, within seven minutes Berko got their noses back in front again when a poor clearance only found James Towell 20 yards out and he took full advantage firing in a low shot.

Home keeper Jayden Purdue mistimed a punch under an aerial challenge from Calcutt but the referee did not give the penalty, when he connected with the forward instead of the ball. Purdue then saved a Jamie Gavin header from a Chamberlain cross. Last gasp defending rescued Town when a Griggs cross was headed behind by a defender who nearly scored an own goal under pressure from Towell.

Ed Canham came up in the second half and went close with a pair of headers as Berko might have built on their lead. However, Adam Bolle equalised with a deftly placed header when he connected with a cross from the right wing. Fortunately Andreos fell over by the goal post after he had rounded Tasker so the chance to take the lead was lost.

Chamberlain created a chance for Jordon Frederick and the keeper was booked for bringinghim down as he went to the right of the penalty area. Leading scorer Calcutt sent the keeper comprehensively the wring way to net a perfect penalty and put Berko 3-2 up.

Tasker stillhad the odd save to make and Brandon headed wide before Berko made sure of the points through Jamie Gavin. He was determined to keep his scoring run going and when a couple of shots were blocked on the line he eventually shot home the fourth goal. Mick Vipond brought on Frankie Jowle and Ben Butler who nearly scored just losing the ball after rounding the keeper.  Purdue produced the save of the day to keep out a pilederiver from Chamberlain.

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

Berko’s reserve side got off the bottom of the Suburban League table with a comprehensive 4-0 win at home to Leighton Town. Alfie Osborne, James Shaw, Stefan Owen-Edwards and Kieron Turner all scored for the home side. At that point the visitors lost their cool and had three men sent off in one incident but strangely Berko did not increase their lead.

Goals from Connor Church and Jay Caines gave Berko’s under 18 side a 2-1 midweek win at Hillingdon.

Bekim Culaj could be back for Berko’s home game with Hatfield Town on Tuesday 29th, which would see Berko move into the top four if they can win. On Saturday they have another Premier division game at Stotfold and on Tuesday 5th November Berko entertain AFC Dunstable in the Premier Division Cup.

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