Berko remain third after dropping two points on Wednesday night at Vauxhall Road to bottom of the table London Lions. Suspension and injury forced Micky Vipond to change the side after a run of seven consecutive wins. The first half was disappointing with Berko only creating a few clear chances despite camping down the hill for long periods against the massed Lions defence. Connor Calcutt beat the offside trap and set up Jamie Gavin but his shot ran along the goal line. Lions had a couple of defenders booked in the first half.

Jonny Haik broke early in the second half but shot wide at the top end. The feeling it was not Berko’s night was strengthened when in the same move, Ashley Morrisey beat Dan Lee and thundered a shot against the bar and Jamie Gavin latched onto the loose ball and hit both posts with his shot.

Calcutt eased the pressure by smashing the ball home to score for the seventh successive match. ithin two minutes the score was even again when James Belchak hit a superb shot past Carl Tasker. Berko went behind on the hour mark with a shot into the bottom left corner of the net from from Haik,

That shook Berko into action and Vipond brought on James Bent and Jack Copson. Lee saved from Morrissey. The equaliser came from another stunning strike, this time from Josh Chamberlain who cut in from the right wing after he was moved up from left back when Copson came on. Berko now went all out for the winner but Lee defied Chamberlain and a couple of Ed Canham headers went close. Berko had so many corners but it is goals that count.

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

On Saturday Berko are in the FA Carlsberg Vase at Hullbridge Sports. Dale Sears should be back from suspension and Micky Vipond is optimistic that Ben Butler and Frankie Jowle will be over illness and knocks. 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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