Comrades gear up for FA Vase clash with Hullbridge

The Berkhamsted players will be raring to go
The Berkhamsted players will be raring to go

Berkhamsted are at home to Hullbridge Sports on Saturday in the fourth round proper of the FA Vase – looking for a place in the last-16 of a competition that started with 572 teams.

The game is likely to attract double Berko’s usual crowd, so supporters are advised to get to Broadwater early and to try and park away from the ground.

Josh Chamberlain scored a wonder-goal in the last round

Josh Chamberlain scored a wonder-goal in the last round

Hullbridge, from the Essex Senior League, knocked Berko out of the Vase two seasons ago with a single goal after extra-time, so it is a chance for revenge.

The Comrades got to this stage with a win at Saffron Walden Town in the last round in front of 324 fans and, before that, four home wins against United Counties League sides.

Steve Hawes (after suspension), Josh Chamblerain (fit again) and Jordan Gilbert will be available to return for Berko’s first home match in nearly a month.

If a replay is needed it will be at Hullbridge on Saturday, January 16.

Meanwhile, the Comrades’ league trip to Holmer Green was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch and has been rearranged for Tuesday, January 12.

Berko’s reserve side take a quick trip along the A41 to Tring Athletic on Saturday in the Suburban Plate.