Extra-time delight for Berkhamsted as semi-finals beckon

Berkhamsted in action earlier this season
Berkhamsted in action earlier this season

Berkhamsted battled through to the semi-finals of the Premier Division Cup with an extra-time victory over Hoddesdon at Broadwater last night.

With the scores locked at 2-2 after 90 minutes, the Comrades dominated during extra-time to secure a 4-2 win to book their place in the last-four.

Berko were well on top in the first half but went behind around the half hour mark when Ben Andreos got through and placed a low shot under Comrades keeper Carl Tasker.

The visitors’ lead was short-lived, however, as Jamie Gavin popped up to net his 10th goal of the season just two minutes later.

Josh Chamberlain struck the cross bar at the Railway End as Berko continued to press but they were caught by a break in the second half when Barrington Brotherton slotted home and looked to have put Hoddesdon through.

However, despite going down to 10 men when Josh Chamberlain went off injured after Mick Vipond had used all three substitutes, Berko hit back.

Deep in injury time Lewis Rodrigoe blasted home a rare goal to force 30 minutes of extra-time in the driving rain.

The 10 men went on to dominate with leading scorer Connor Calcutt putting Berko ahead with a shot after 97 minutes.

In the second half of extra-time he had the chance to increase the lead but his penalty was saved by Jayden Purdue who correctly guessed which side the kick was going.

The Comrades need not have worried, though, as substitute Ashley Morrissey beat several men on the left hand side of the area and fired in a fourth goal to make sure of the win.

Berko’s next game is a trip to Leverstock Green on Saturday, before a St Marys Cup semi-final at home to Oxhey Jets on Tuesday.

The Berko Reserves, meanwhile, are at home to Tring Athletic Reserves in the Suburban Shield on Saturday.