Third placed Berko kept their 100% home record and closed the gap on the leaders with another win on Saturday.

Berko were unchanged for a fourth consecutive game but almost suffered an early shock when London Colney got the ball in the net but the offside flag was up so it did not count. At the railway end Frankie Jowle shot wide whilst at the canal end Martin Collins broke through but shot over. Lewis Roadrigoe overlapped on the left wing and beat three men and crossed but Jowle’s header went over.

A foul in the build up led to another disallowed London Coney goal from James Hill. Ed Canham headed into the top corner to give the home side the lead midway through the first half. The lead was doubled when goalkeeper Charlie May was caught in possession and leading scorer Connor Calcutt took full advantage before the interval.

In the second half a Greg Shaw free kick struck the post and Berko scrambled the ball away. It took some determined defending at times for the Comnrades to hang on to their clean sheet. Steve Hawes surged forward and shot wide at the canal end. Berko’s third goal was the pick of the day with Jowle sending an inviting cross from the right wing to the back post where Jordon Frederick arrived to net with a diving header. With the game won Micky Vipond brought on James Towell and Ashley Morrissey to keep the pressure up. Steve Hawes broke clear and rounded the keeper only to be foiled by defenders getting back to clear. Late int eh game Calcutt netted the fourth goal as he went round May again.

The final score was convincing but London Colney hit the metalwork a few times. News came through that leaders Ampthill had dropped two points at Stotfold, so Berko are now 10 points behind with four games in hand.

Berko: Tasker; Griggs, Rodrigoe Sears, Canham, Hawes,Jowle(Towell),   Gavin,Calcutt Frederick (Butler),  Chamberlain (Morrissey).

Berko’s reserve side went down 3-2 At Harefield United on Saturday.

On Wednesday 13th Berko go to Hemel’s Vauxhall Road ground to take on bottom team London Lions knowing a win would cut Ampthill’s lead to 7 points and catch up second placed Hanwell Town.

On Saturday Berko are in the FA Carlsberg Vase at Hullbridge Sports. On Tuesday 19th they are at home to Hemel Hempstead Rovers in the St Marys Cup quarter final or will entertain Hullbridge Sports if there is an FA Vase replay.

Berko’s reserves play the first leg of their Suburban Cup tie with Farnham Town at Broadwater on Saturday. The under 18’s are at home to Kings Langley on Thursday 14th.


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