Berkhamsted 1 Haringey Borough 1
THE points were shared at Broadwater on Saturday as Berkhamsted and Haringey Borough played out a 1-1 draw.
The Comrades were high on confidence following their midweek victory over high-flying Royston Town, but will be satisfied with a point in a game which could have gone either way.
Matt Wardle put Berko in front in the first half, but Haringey battled back to secure a point with a Richard Worrell goal just before the interval.
Comrades manager Mick Vipond had the rare luxury of naming the same starting XI that enjoyed the midweek win at Royston Town, and it was the home side who made the brighter start of the two sides.
After a barrage of crosses into the Haringey area, the Comrades broke the deadlock with 16 minutes on the clock as Wardle slotted home from a corner.
Haringey looked for a response and a Worrell free-kick whistled past the post, before visiting keeper Nick Christofi kept out a Wardle shot and Josh Chamberlain fired wide at the Canal End.
But it was to be Haringey who netted the all-important second goal, as Worrell cut in from the wing and beat Ed Farmer at his near post to send the teams in level at half-time.
The second half was a difficult one for the Comrades as Jamie Gavin, Chamberlain and Tony Burnett were all forced off to add to Berko’s already extensive injury list.
Former Colney Heath defender Amadou Gerber made his debut for Berko at right-back, while Tyler Hatherly and Wardle were the main dangers for the Comrades at the Railway End.
Mark Welling came closest for the Comrades with a 20-yard drive that rose just above the bar, before Mario Georgiou put a good chance just over for Haringey.
The visitors finished strongly against the rearranged Berko side, but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Farmer secured a point for the hosts.
“I’m delighted with the point because they could have won it at the end,” said Vipond.
“Both sides were wasteful in front of goal in their good periods. We could have gone 3-0 up but were pegged back by a soft goal.”
The Berko boss admits, though, that the injuries have hit Berko hard over recent weeks.
“The game was a bit patchy but it is very difficult for us at the moment,” he said.
“We’re just trying to get a side out which is not what I want to do – I want to be getting my best side possible out on a regular basis.
“The good thing is that we’ve still got eight months of football left to play.
“Our top scorer Lawrence Bunker is back for us now after six weeks out – we cant expect big things from him straight away but he was playing really well at the start of the season”
At the time the Gazette went to press, Berko were preparing for a trip to AFC Dunstable.