Calcutt hat-trick fires Comrades into next round of FA Cup

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A second-half hat-trick from Connor Calcutt fired Berkhamsted through to the next round of the FA Cup as they saw off the challenge of visitors Harefield United.

Berkhamsted were unchanged for their 4-1 win and Ed Canham opened the scoring with his first goal for the club, coming up and volleying home a Josh Chamberlain corner past Michael Pearce in the 10th minute.

The home side were generally well on top and Jordon Frederick had a shot kicked off the line, while Pearce tipped a Calcutt shot for a corner. Pearce’s legs came to United’s rescue as he kept out a shot from James Towell.

Chamberlain had a couple of chances at the railway end, arriving for back post headers, one of which hit the bar .

But United were able to get back on terms when Jack Copson was caught pushing at a corner to concede a penalty and earn a yellow card. Skipper Paulo Cicero gave Carl Tasker no chance from the spot kick.

Any fears that the home side could be made to rue a string of missed changes were put to rest as Calcutt put the home side ahead with half an hour remaining, capitalising on a defensive slip to fire home.

A Jack Copson thunderbolt which rebounded off the post could have put them further ahead. and a Canham header from a Chamberlain cross was cleared off the line as the Comrades pressed to make the game safe.

United threw caution to the wind in their search for an equaliser, sending on extra forwards including former Broadwater favourite Ben Porter.

But Calcutt killed off their hopes with two goals in the last five minutes, first finishing off a good move with a bending shot and then completing his hat trick with a solo effort after running in from the right hand side of the area.

A trip to Daventry Town is the next FA Cup challenge on Saturday, September 14.

In the Suburban League Berkhamsted’s development squad reserves drew 1-1 away to Southall Reserves, with Tommy Twelves scoring.

Berkhamsted are back in first team action tomorrow, Tuesday, night as they take on London Tigers in the league.

On Saturday they take on Hertford Town in the FA Vase hoping for a bumper crowd. The old Berkhamsted Town club once reached the Villa Park final of this prestigious national competition.