Hat-trick hero Christie leads the way as Berkhamsted hit Ampthill for six

The Berkhamsted players celebrate
The Berkhamsted players celebrate
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Berkhamsted signed off their season at Broadwater with a comprehensive 6-0 win over struggling Ampthill Town as BJ Christie took his tally to 34 goals with his third hat-trick of the campaign.

The floodgates opened in the 12th minute when Lewis Rodrigoe won the ball on the left and found Josh Chamberlain who pulled the ball back for Christie to shoot home.

Visiting goalkeeper Jordon McKechnie brought down Christie next time he was through on goal and got a red card. Fortunately for the visitors they had a substitute goalkeeper on the bench, but Josh Chamberlain beat him from the resulting penalty.

Chamberlain made it 3-0 with a shot on the turn after an Ed Canham header from a corner was not cleared properly.

Courtney Massay then beat a couple of men with a run deep into the penalty area and set up Adiel Mannion whose shot gave Berko a 4-0 lead at the interval.

In the second half Frankie Jowle’s shot struck the cross bar at the Canal End, before Christie scored a rare header at the back post from a deep cross by the overlapping Massay.

Christie completed his hat-trick with a lob and finished off the scoring as Berko notched six goals at home in the league for the second time this season.

At the Railway End, Dean Drummett put a shot past the post as Ampthill counter-attacked, while the home fans were mystified as to why a seventh goal was disallowed for offside.

Substitute Ashley Morrissey’s shot from outside the penalty area was too hot to hold and Steve Hawes netted when the ball rebounded off the keeper’s chest.

Max Farrelly and Massay went close as Berko looked like scoring more in an easy win with a good team performance.

Berko: 1 Tasker 2 Massay, 3 Rodrigoe (Foster), 4 Baldry, 5 Canham, 6 Hawes, 7 Jowle (Morrissey), 8 Farrelly, 9 Christie, 10 Mannion, 11 Chamberlain.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Berko’s reserve side won 1-0 at Harefield United to move five points clear at the top of the Suburban League North thanks to a George Carbery goal.

If they win their last game at Newport Pagnell Town the title will be theirs (or if Binfield lose at Leverstock Green on Wednesday, or in their final match against North Greenford United).

Berko’s final four league games are all away from home, with the next trips being to London Tigers on Tuesday and Stotfold on Saturday.