Berkhamsted 2-0 Stotfold
A REJUVENATED Berk-hamsted side picked up their first three points at Broadwater since August with a 2-0 win over Stotfold.
With Comrades boss Mick Vipond able to pick from a full-strength squad at last, goals from Lawrence Bunker and Tyler Hatherley secured the comfortable Berko victory.
Hatherley was a constant threat for the hosts and his dangerous cross was missed narrowly by both Bunker and Tony Burnett early on.
And Hatherley was again in the thick of the action when Berko forced the breakthrough. The forward dribbled in from the left wing and his cross was converted by Bunker for his first goal since returning from a lengthy suspension.
With a spring in their step, it did not take long for the Comrades to double their lead, with that man Hatherley doing the damage.
Stotfold keeper Brad Gillham got a hand to the Berko livewire’s long range shot, but the ball squirmed past him to make it 2-0 to the hosts a quarter of the way through the game.
Stotfold showed a little more intent after the break as Tom Peverall was denied by Comades keeper Ed Farmer, before Mark Welling came close to wrapping the game up at the other end.
Vipond – confident that his side had done enough to take the points – substituted Bunker and Burnett, and the newly-introduced Josh Chamberlain saw his shot sail wide at the far post after a clever pass from Matt Wardle.
Aaron Usmani came on for his first appearance in a month as the game wound to its conclusion, and despite some sustained Stotfold possession, Berko were good value for the three points.
Comrades manager Vipond said he was pleased with his side’s display.
“It wasn’t a free-flowing game of football by any means but the difference was our finishing,” he said.
“We were a bit tentative in the second half but we are thankful for the win and the clean sheet.”
After a run poor which saw them lose four consecutive games, Vipond said he hopes his side will build on the victory.
“We needed a win to get the confidence up and the reaction of the players was brilliant,” he said.