Oxhey Jets 0 Berkhamsted 2
BERKHAMSTED moved up to second in the MSSML Premier Division thanks to a fine second half performance at Oxhey.
Following a dour first 45 minutes with few goalscoring opportunities at either end, the Comrades turned on the style after the break and Matt Wardle and Lawrence Bunker struck to earn the points.
“It was a very ordinary first half from both teams,” said Berko manager Mick Vipond. “It was extremely flat.
“But then half-time came and it was like we had a magic switch to turn it on. Every player raised their game and the second half was the best we have played all season.”
Comrades keeper Ed Farmer was forced into action once in the first half, but Berko came out after the break with renewed drive and vigour.
Jets stopper Mark Jessop was kept busy as the Comrades increased their attacking intent, with Frankie Jowle and Tyler Hatherly looking dangerous down the flanks.
And two goals in five minutes around the hour mark did the damage for the visitors.
First, Wardle reacted well to tuck away a rebound after a save by Jessop, before Bunker added the second minutes later.
The Comrades top-scorer looped home his header to take his personal tally to eight goals in seven days after his five-goal haul last Tuesday.
Berko could have increased their lead but Jessop kept the score down with some fine saves.
Berko boss Vipond was delighted with the win, but admits his side’s performances recently have come as a pleasant surprise.
“I’m not sure how we have done as well as we have, what with all the injuries and everything,” he said.
“But there’s five months of football left to play yet and a lot can happen from now until then.”
Vipond is keen to add to his squad and has been hard at work attempting to do so.
“I’m still trying to chase players and there’s a lot of interest,” he said.
The Comrades have a mid-week rest before taking on Hadley at Broadwater on Saturday.