Ten-man Berko show character to bag the win

Picture �Michael Krinke Photography
Picture �Michael Krinke Photography

London Colney 1
 Berkhamsted 2

Berkhamsted dug in to take another valuable three points on Saturday despite playing the last 20 minutes with only 10 men at London Colney.

There was an explosive start to the game with Colney hitting the post with an early shot, but it was Berko who took the lead in the fifth minute when a fine pass threaded up the line by Adam Mead released Connor Calcutt who was tripped for a penalty.

Mead took the spot kick and gave the keeper no chance to put the Comrades 1-0 up.

Berko keeper Carl Tasker was then forced to tip a shot over the bar and, at the other end, the metalwork saved the home side when Josh Chamberlain headed a Calcutt cross from the left goalwards and beat the keeper.

The home side equalised just after the half-time interval when Dan Fitzgerald came forward to convert a cross, leaving the Berko coaching staff fuming with their defence.

However, anger soon turned to joy for the Comrades as Chamberlain cut in from the left and his low right foot shot eluded the keeper at the back post to put Berko back in front eight minutes later.

Berko’s midfield players had a day to forget, not winning or keeping the ball, and it was no surprise that Comrades manager Mick Vipond replaced three of them in the second half.

A second yellow card for Steve Hawes meant that Berko had to see out the remaining 20 minutes with 10 men, but solid defending from Lewis Rodrigoe and Jamie Gavin ensured the home side had few chances to make their extra man count.

The victory moves Berkhamsted back up into fourth place in the SSML Premier Division, with games in hand over the teams around them.

It was not such good news for the other sections of the club, however, as the Berko Reserves went down 3-0 to Northwood Reserves and the U18s were beaten 2-1 at Kings Langley in the Olympian Division on Wednesday.