High-fliers humbled

Lewis Pritchard
Lewis Pritchard

AFC Dunstable 1
 Berkhamsted 3

A depleted Berkhamsted side recorded arguably their best result of the season as they saw off fourth-placed AFC Dunstable at Creasey Park.

Lewis Pritchard bagged a brace and Myles Stephenson was also on target as the Comrades cruised to the convincing win.

And Berko boss Mick Vipond was understandably delighted with his team’s display.

“We played some great football and we could have scored more than the three we did,” he said.

“I was disappointed to concede the goal but that’s just me.

“It’s no surprise to me that we did well – we’ve been playing some good football for weeks now and maybe not getting the results.

“It’s all been very positive and we’ve finally got the result that we deserved.

“We could have gone there and set up defensively but we were brave in that regard and we went 4-4-3 and had a go at them.”

Despite missing Danny Power and Jordan Frederick through single match suspensions, and having a handful of other players unavailable or injured, Vipond’s side produced a good display and were worthy winners.

Josh Chamberlain was forced off injured early on, but his replacement Lewis Pritchard came off the bench to great effect as he beat his man on the right and unleashed a left-footed shot to put Berko in front in the 14th minute.

The home side equalised just before the half-time whistle with a goal by Ryan Smith, but recent Berko signing Myles Stephenson finished off a fine move to put the Comrades back in front early in the second half.

Pritchard made it 3-1 with his second goal of the afternoon in the 73rd minute, and Berko saw out the remainder of the game confidently to take the three points.

At the time the Gazette went to press, Berko were heading back to Dunstable to take on MSSML Premier Division leaders Dunstable Town.

The Comrades currently sit in ninth place in the division.