Hanwell Town 1 Berkhamsted 1
AN injury-hit Berkhamsted side were held to a 1-1 draw at Hanwell Town as Mick Viipond was once again forced to ring the changes.
Already without the suspended Jim Carmichael, Vipond lost both Aaron Usmani and Josh Chamberlain to injuries sustained in the 4-1 midweek cup defeat at Oxhey Jets, while Tony Burnett withdrew from the squad following a family bereavement.
And more bad news was to follow for the Comrades as Simon Carmichael and Mark Welling were both forced to withdraw injured before half-time.
It came as no surprise that Berkhamsted struggled to hit their stride in the first half, but Jon Davies made a good start to life back at Broadwater after his stint at Levy Green.
The Comrades came out battling after the interval, and makeshift right-back Adam Mead created a number of dangerous chances for his side.
Tyler Hatherly put Berko in front with 15 minutes of the match remaining, but hopes of an away win were dashed within five minutes as Dean Worman equalised for the home team and the Comrades were made to settle for a point.
“We got a point away from home so that’s not bad but when we have been in front and they peg us back it feels like two points dropped,” said Berko boss Vipond.
“In the last few seasons we have conceded goals but then scored three or four ourselves. But in this league there are fewer opportunities to score and we have to take our chances.
“We also need to learn how to win games 1-0.”
“But it’s like one step forward and two steps back in terms of availability at the moment.
“I don’t like to make a fuss about injuries but I’ve never known anything like it. We have the players to be higher than we are in the league but we just can’t get them available.”
And Vipond says he is hoping to bring in new faces to combat the number of players he has missing.
“I’m always looking for new players – particularly in the current climate with all the injuries and suspensions we’ve got,” he said.
Berko currently sit in ninth place in the league.