Goal-hungry Comrades run riot against lowly Hatfield Town

Jamie Gavin, seen in action earlier this month, was one of nine different scorers for Berkhamsted against Hatfield
Jamie Gavin, seen in action earlier this month, was one of nine different scorers for Berkhamsted against Hatfield

Berkhamsted bagged their biggest ever win as they put ten-man Hatfield Town to the sword in an 11-0 rout in the SSML Premier Division.

The Comrades scored an incredible 10 goals in the second half, with nine different players getting on the scoresheet for Mick Vipond’s side as their bottom of the table opponents crumbled after the interval.

“It was mad. We are playing senior football and this happens,” said Vipond. “The other team turned up with 10 men and it was a bit of a shambles to be honest. It was a typical end of season game.

“It was only 1-0 at half-time but the wind was very strong and we knew the ball would hold up more in the second half. Once we got two or three up, the goals just kept coming.

“Some of the goals we scored were good and we played some decent football.”

Berko had managed to get the ball in the net twice in the first half, with James Towell having a fine goal chalked off for handball in the build-up, before Frankie Jowle volleyed in from 12 yards in the first quarter of an hour.

By the hour mark, Dale Sears and Josh Chamberlain had scored after goal mouth scrambles to put the Comrades 3-0 up and in the driving seat.

Berko have been missing Lewis Rodrigoe and Ashley Morrissey through injury, but the duo came off the bench to bring fresh impetus to the Comrades’ attacking play.

Within minutes of his introduction, Morrissey picked the ball up on the halfway line and outstripped the defence to score the fourth goal, before Ed Canham tucked home a loose ball to make it 5-0.

Berko then hit a purple patch and rattled in six more goals in an 11-minute blitz.

Chamberlain struck a cracker from the edge of the penalty area for the sixth goal, and Jamie Gavin and Jordon Frederick were also on target.

Steve Hawes tapped in his first goal of the season to make it 9-0, before Morrissey ran past the keeper to bring up double figures.

Adiel Mannion cut in to finish the scoring from a Chamberlain pass as the Comrades ran riot against their increasingly deflated opponents.

The win took Berko past the 100-goal mark for the Premier Division season and the goal difference boost was enough to reclaim third place in the table. Meanwhile, Hanwell Town won the clash of the top two by beating Ampthill Town and now only need one more point to clinch the title.

“For us, it’s a case of finishing off the last few league matches and we’ve got the cup final to look forward to,” added Vipond.

At the time the Gazette went to press, Berko were preparing from an all-Dacorum clash with Leverstock Green.

The Premier Division Cup Final is set to take place later this month.