A mixed set of results for Berkhamsted

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BERKHAMSTED’S stuttering pre-season form continued this week as the side recorded a win and a loss in their two friendlies.

Mick Vipond’s side thrashed Old Bradwell United 5-1, before going down 3-1 to Wingate and Finchley.

The victory over Old Bradwell came in impressive fashion, with Tony Burnett bagging a second half hat-trick, after Berko’s Simon Carmichael had netted at both ends before the interval.

The Comrades’ convincing win was wrapped up by Josh Chamberlain, who kept his cool from the spot after a foul on Adam Balletta.

It was a different story against Wingate and Finchley, though, as Berko’s visitors showed why they play two divisions higher than the Comrades in the football pyramid.

A crushing spell of three goals in 10 first half minutes effectively ended the game as a contest, but Berko kept battling, and were rewarded with a consolation courtesy of a Chamberlain penalty.

Next up for the Comrades is their first competitive fixture of the season – a home clash with London Lions in the first round of the Herts Charity Shield.