Berko’s promotion hopes took a knock on Saturday when they dropped points at home for the first time this season as they slumped in the second half to defeat against Holmer Green. It all looked so different in the first half when Berko were good value for their single goal lead , dominating possession. Josh Chamberlain down the right laid on a goal for the unmarked Connor Calcutt to open the scoring in the 14th minute with a shot. Ben Boulter stopped a few at the second attempt in the visitors’ goal. Calcutt headed two good chances wide either side of the interval. At the railway end Berko only had two scares in the first half, once when Carl Tasker was caught in possession dribbling against a forward and the other when Dale Sears had to charge down a shot.

In the second half Boulter saved a low shot from Ben Butler. Berko were to rue their missed first half chances when they conceded two goals in a minute around the hour mark. Dean Allen has a good record against Berko and he pounced when Berko lost possession and soon after Eliot Derby gave them the lead despite protestations for offside.

Berko now knew they had a game on and Boulter saved a Butler free kick after Calcutt was fouled. Mick Vipond brought on Frankie Jowle and a Chamberlain free kick was met by a Berko player but the ball came back off the bar. Allen made it 3-1 from the penalty mark as the referee spotted a foul on the far side of the area as a defender took the ball. Chamberlain tapped in at the post as Calcutt turned provider to bring it back to 3-2. Berko threw on more forwards in a bid to salvage a point, but instead a weak header led to a cross that Allen converted for his hat trick to make sure that the points went to the visitors in injury time.

Berko have an early chance of revenge when the two sides meet on Tuesday 26th in the Challenge Trophy. Ed Canham will be back after suspension to tighten the defence and Lewis Rodrigoe and Jamie Gavin will be available again.

Berko: Tasker; Griggs, Copson , Hawes, Sears, Frederick (Jowle) Bent (Turner), Butler, Calcutt), ,Towell (Morrissey),   Chamberlain. Subs not used Osborne.

Berko’s reserves went down 3-1 at T ring Athletic in the Suburban League on Saturday.  

This Saturday 3rd placed Berko go to Hertford Town in the Premier division looking to get some badly needed league points. On Tuesday 3rd Berko have a tough Herts Senior Cup tie at home to Boreham Wood who are from three divisions above them. The resres entertain Dunstable Town on Saturday in the Suburban League. Berko’s under 18s play Colney Heath two Wednesdays running-being at home then away to complete their Olympian division league programme.


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