Holmer Green pounce to do the league double over Comrades

Jamie Gavin could not find a way through for Berkhamsted
Jamie Gavin could not find a way through for Berkhamsted

Berkhamsted were given a lesson in finishing on Tuesday night as Holmer Greeen won 3-0 to complete the league double over them, despite Berko enjoying the lion’s share of possession.

Mick Vipond recalled Dan Griggs and Jack Copson to the full-back positions and Kieron Turner made a rare start in midfield.

Connor Calcutt was back on the bench but had already played against Bournemouth for Millwall U21s earlier in the day so was not used.

Berko started brightly and Griggs hit the side netting from a Josh Chamberlain cross, before Turner nearly connected with an inviting cross.

At the other end, Jack Copson had to clear off his own line, but Green took the lead on the half hour mark when Andy Shed took advantage of a loose ball that broke to him after Copson won a tackle.

The goal lifted Green and Tom Peddle-Jones doubled the lead seven minutes later with a well-struck shot.

Chamberlain was behind most of Berko’s attempts to get a goal back and several fine crosses went begging. Dale Sears came up for a number of corners but could not get the finishing touch.

Berko again dominated possession in the second half, with Frankie Jowle seeing plenty of the ball on the right wing.

James Towell had a shot saved by Louis Porcelli, as did Jordan Frederick, and the best chance carved out by the Comrades fell to Frederick but his shot ballooned over the bar.

It looked to be only a matter of time before the Comrades reduced the deficit, but somehow Green broke away and, in one move, Carl Tasker blocked several shots but goal poacher Dean Allen finally popped up to score the third.

Berko used a couple of substitutes in Ashley Morrissey and Aaron Usmani but they did not see much of the ball as the Comrades ended their away season with a defeat.

Berko’s first team have no game this Saturday but they will be trying to pick up their game at Tring the following Wednesday in the final of the Premier Division Cup against either Ampthill Town or Holmer Green, who play their semi-final on Saturday.

Berko hope to have Ed Canham, Steve Hawes and Adiel Mannion back to boost the squad for their last chance to land a trophy this season..

This Saturday Berko’s Suburban North side finish their league season at home to Harefield United, 3pm kick-off.