Berko successfully began their defence of the St Marys Cup against Hemel Hempstead Rovers on Tuesday night in freezing temperatures at Broadwater, and stat man Dave Hornby has been looking at the game in more detail.
Despite Rovers’ endeavour, the gulf in class was evident as Berko romped to a 4-0 win with Josh Chamberlain and James Bent both bagging a brace.
In truth, the scoreline should have been more emphatic, however, as a combination of poor finishing, heroic defending and inspired goalkeeping kept the score down.
Berko impressed with their creativity and volume of attempts at goal – in total they had 31 shots at Rovers’ net, with 10 of these coming in the first half and 21 in the second half as the Comrades increased the pressure after the break.
An impressive 52 per cent of these shots found the target, however Berko may be slightly disappointed at their goal-to-shot conversion rate of 13 per cent considering that the majority of shots came from good positions on the pitch.
More than half the number of shots came from within the central zone of the penalty area and at least three clear-cut chances were missed from around the six-yard-box.
Chamberlain, Berko’s number 11, was the busiest player in front of goal and offered the biggest threat to Rovers’ defence.
He had a total of 10 shots on the night, with two of these resulting in goals, five being saved by the goalkeeper and three missing the target. The forward must still be scratching his head as to how he was unable to complete his third hat-trick of the season.
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