Biggleswade United 2 Berkhamsted 1
Berkhamsted’s miserable run of form continued with a 2-1 defeat at a bleak and cold Second Meadow, the home of Biggleswade United.
But the Comrades can feel more than a little hard done by, with the winning goal for the home side scored in virtually the last minute of the game, after the visitors had dominated for most of the second half.
Defenders were on top for the opening period of the game, with new signing from Broxbourne Boro and captain on debut Leon Skinner very much looking the part in the heart of the defence.
The home side were uncompromising as well and chances were few and far between. Indeed it wasn’t until the 37th minute that the first real chance on goal came about with Steve Hawes shooting wide from distance.
Then leading scorer Lawrence Bunker came alive, forcing the home keeper Adam Lawrence to scramble along his line to keep out a well-placed low free kick and then just before the break losing his marker but heading wide
Though the first half ended goalless the second period was only minutes old when a misplaced pass from Tyler Hatherly sent Joe Bradbury racing down the right wing, and his fine cross was met perfectly by Stuart Richardson who headed down into the corner of the net.
Berko responded almost at once, Lawrence Bunker and Hatherly both went close as did did centre half Skinner, who narrowly headed over twice from the numerous corner kicks that were being forced on the home team’s defence.
On the hour mark Aaron Usmani replaced Frankie Jowle, which only increased the pressure and it finally told when captain Martin Russell bought down Bunker for an undisputed penalty, which Bunker himself duly dispatched from the spot to level the scores.
Berkhamsted continued to press, and with Josh Smith passing well and Mark Teasdale finding space coming forward more goals looked likely with the home side trapped for long periods in their own half.
Bunker went close, Hatherly went closer but somehow the United defence held out.
With ten minutes to go manager Mick Vipond substituted both forwards for Josh Chamberlain and Jon Davies but to no avail.
Then in injury time there was injury to insult when in a rare attack forward the ball wasn’t cleared on the left, and from the resulting cross Richardson’s looping header went over the stranded Eddie Farmer for an unlikely winner for the home team.
Berko’s Christmas fixture is a cracking home game with Royston Town on Tuesday, December 27, kick off 3pm.
Royston were running away with the Premier division but slipped up on Saturday so it could be a vital match as Berko won when they met at Garden Walk.