Misery for Mick as high flying Jets pull the plug on Berko

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Berkhamsted 0
 Oxhey Jets 4

Ten-man Berko crashed to a heavy defeat in their first game of the new year in front of a big crowd at Broadwater on Saturday.

Only two sides have beaten the Jets in the league this season, and while the opening quarter of an hour belonged to the Comrades, the Broadwater faithful suffered a disappointing display for the rest of the game.

“It was like pulling the plug from the bath and all of the good stuff going down the sink,” said Berko manager Mick Vipond.

“We had our best 15-minute spell of the season and then everything went wrong. We just didn’t do anything after that and it was very disappointing.”

The Comrades started brightly attacking the Railway End, And Ashley Morrissey and Lawrence Bunker both had chances to give the hosts the lead.

But things started to go wrong in the 14th minute when Glenn Thompson had to come off with a twisted ankle, and the prolific Lewis Putman opened the scoring for Oxhey in the 23rd minute.

To complete a miserable five minutes, Berko’s Josh Chamberlain came off injured, but Harry Sedgley had a golden chance to get a goal back as he headed wide at the far post.

Berko held out until half-time, but Steve Brown made it 3-0 in the 67th minute and Putman completed the scoring with a penalty following a challenge which earned a second yellow card for Berko’s Danny Power.