Tigers tamed by the resurgent Comrades

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London Tigers 0 Berkhamsted 4

BERKHAMSTED made it three wins on the spin as they comfortably saw off London Tigers to consolidate eighth place in the league.

The Comrades have been rejuvenated in the past few weeks after the introduction of a number of young players to the side, and their fresh legs proved too much for the Tigers to handle.

Matt Wardle bagged a brace to continue his fine goalscoring form, while youngster Connor Calcutt added to his growing reputation with another well-taken goal and Courtney Francis wrapped up the win.

“We dominated the game on a poor pitch and it was nice to make it three wins on the spin,” said Berko manager Mick Vipond.

“The mixture between the older and younger players is working well.

“London Tigers are always a difficult side to play against but the key was to shut them down and stop them playing, and we did that well.”

The Comrades started the game well, and Wardle saw an early effort ruled out for offside.

The visitors continued to press, though, and were rewarded with the opening goal midway through the first half.

Good interplay between Lewis Rodrigoe and Calcutt resulted in Josh Smith delivering a pin-point cross for Wardle to powerfully head home.

Berko pressed for a second, and Tigers keeper Joseph Woodley was forced into two fine acrobatic saves in the space of a minute to stop the Comrades from doubling their advantage.

First, he put a 20-yard Steve Hawes effort round the post, before tipping Simon Carmichael’s header over the bar from the resulting corner.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, and a Calcutt shot rattled the bar as the Comrades continued to dominate.

Berko finally notched the second goal soon afterwards, as Chamberlain sprayed the ball out to the overlapping Lewis Rodrigoe whose cross was nodded home by Calcutt.

Chamberlain was next to beat Woodley but his shot rebounded to safety after striking the post, before Calcutt beat three men to set up Wardle to make it 3-0 with a crisp low shot.

The home side looked shaky at the back, and their hesitancy cost them once again as Marcus Lansiquot was caught in possession by substitute Francis who gratefully finished off the opportunity to wrap up the win for the Comrades.

”Two more wins will keep us in eighth place which is a pretty good performance,” said Vipond.

“We are looking to build and having a good number of local players helps.

“Amateur football isn’t just about winning, it is about creating a club atmosphere and a family atmosphere.”