Coach to Hullbridge – seats available

We have booked a 35-seater coach to travel to Hullbridge on Saturday for the FA Vase game. A few seats are still available and anyone wishing to join us on the coach should let Keith Hicks know asap. The coach will leave at 11.45am and the cost is £10.

BERKO DRAW

LONDON LIONS 2 BERKHAMSTED 2

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

Transport to FA Vase game at Hullbridge

A coach or minibus (depending upon demand) will be available to supporters wishing to travel to the FA Vase game at Hullbridge Sports next Saturday, 16th November. This will leave at 11.45am and the cost will be £10. Anyone interested should phone or text Keith Hicks as soon as possible on 07767 430087 or Phil Hobbs on 07963 120128.

BERKO STAY 100% AT HOME

BERKHAMSTED 4 LONDON COLNEY 0

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.

Berkhamsted 4 AFC Dunstable 1

For those supporters who missed the game due to fireworks night festivities etc, here is a video of the match (as supplied via youtube by Dave Mason).

BERKO THROUGH TO QUARTER FINALS

BERKHAMSTED 4 AFC DUNSTABLE 1      

Berko marched into the quarter finals of the Premier Division Cup with a comfortable win over a depleted AFC Dunstable side on Guy Fawkes Night. Mick Vipond named an unchanged team for the third successive game.

Josh Chamberlain was denied an early penalty claim when he was floored in the box. Frankie Jowle squeezed a shot across the face of the goal and a Connor Calcutt free kick almost went in. Eventually Chamberlain gave Berko the lead with a well struck shot that went in the left of the net. Jordon Frederick bent a shot round the wall and past the busy Ryan Darby to double the lead before the interval. The home team were playing some fine football passing the ball well and had many chances.

The visitors had a couple of men booked for fouls and a Chamberlain shot and a Frederick header went over the bar. An Ed Canham header from a corner was deflected in by Jowle to make it 3-0 at the railway end. AFC tried to get back in the match and had a headed goal disallowed for offside. Half time substitute Carl Ibbottson capitalised on a weak back pass to pull a goal back. A fine low shot from Connor Calcutt added the fourth goal late in the game.

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

Third placed Berko’s first team will be trying to do the double at Broadwater over London Colney on Saturday in a game sponsored by The Plough-Potten End. They then make the short trip to Hemel Hempstead’s Vauxhall Road ground to play another league games against London Lions on Wednesday 13th.

The reserve team have a Suburban League North match at Harefield United on Saturday.

 

BIG AWAY WIN TAKES BERKO CLOSER TO THE LEADERS

                                               STOTFOLD 0 BERKHAMSTED 4

Third placed Berko followed up their 9 goal midweek haul with another convincing Premier division victory at Stotfold on Saturday. Not surprisingly manager Micky Vipond named an unchanged side. Being full of confidence they played some good football particularly in the first half when they established a three goal lead. Top scorer Connor Calcutt set the ball rolling netting the first, after some unselfish play on the right by Frankie Jowle who passed when he could have shot. Soon after an incisive pass from Steve Hawes freed Jordon Frederick who netted with a right foot volley. Jowle made it three nil at the interval.

Ben Butler came on at half time and Frederick scored again shooting under the keeper from the left hand side of the area early in the second half. With Griggs overlapping on the right with Jowle and Josh Chamberlain supplying crosses from the left, it took some inspired goalkeeping to prevent further goals. A gale force wind got up to make things more tricky. Berko’s only worries were fitness with Lewis Rodrigoe coming off injured and Calcutt being sick, so Jack Copson and James Towell came on in the second half.

Ampthill were not playing so Berko and Hanwell both won and moved three points closer to the league leaders and still have plenty games in hand.

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

Berko’s development squad continued their recent run of good results with a home win over Newport Pagnell Town. Their 2nd league win in a row, which has seen a return of 7 goals scored and 0 goals conceded, has seen them move out of the re-election zone and overtake three teams.

A superb first half performance saw set the foundation for the win. Kieron Turner opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he met a Scott Macpherson cross and played a one-two with the post before netting. Stefan Owen-Edwards doubled the lead with a shot that the visiting keeper got a hand to but could not prevent going in. Macpherson hit the third goal before the interval with a shot from an acute angle.

With the good work continuing in the second half, Berko can count themselves unlucky not to have scored more goals, as good chances for, Stefan, Mitchell Cole, ben Humphreys, and nick ward were all not converted. Berko had to play the last 18 minutes with 10 men, as Turner came off with an injury after all the substitutes were used.

Berko’s under 18 side fought back from 2-0 down at the interval with goals from Connor Church and George Carberry to earn a draw at the league leaders Chesham United.

FIXTURES

Berko’s first team have three games in eight days. On Tuesday 5th they entertain AFC Dunstable in the Premier division Cup and then on Saturday will be trying to do the double at Broadwater over London Colney. They make the short trip to Hemel Hempstead’s Vauxhall Road ground to play another league games against London Lions on Wednesday 13th.

The reserve team have a league match at Harefield United on Saturday.