Berkhamsted 1 Tring Athletic 2
TRING Athletic secured Dacorum bragging rights as they saw off local rivals Berkhamsted at Broadwater.
Both sides went into the game on the back of some inconsistent form, but it was Tring who took the points with goals from Matt Jarvis and Rob Duncan.
Berko hit back deep into stoppage time through Matt Wardle, but it was not enough to dampen Tring’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Tring deserved the win and stay sixth in the MSSML Premier Division as a result of the victory.
It was Berko who had the first opportunity of the game against their Dacorum rivals, with Connor Calcutt firing just wide, and the Comrades youngster hit another effort over the bar midway through the first half.
Tring began to create chances of their own, though, and Chris Salmon was off-target with two headers from Sam Mitchell crosses.
And it was Mitchell who was again the provider as Athletic took the lead on the half-hour mark.
Mitchell’s corner found Jarvis at the far post, and the combative centre-back thumped a header home to give Athletic a 1-0 lead.
The visitors began to dominate proceedings and could have doubled their lead through Paul Jeffrey, but he blazed his shot wildly over.
The home side did have the ball in the net before half-time, but the effort was rightly ruled out for a foul on Tring keeper Mike Underwood.
Berko boss Mick Vipond made two changes at half-time as he looked to introduce some more experience to his young side.
Comrades left-back Lewis Rodrigoe tried his luck with a fizzing long range shot, but despite pressing for an equaliser, the hosts were failing to test Underwood.
Tring manager Julian Robinson freshened his side up with the introduction of Duncan in the 72nd minute, and the change paid dividends just five minutes later.
Dave Whicker hooked the ball forward, and utility man Duncan fired home from a tight angle to double his side’s advantage.
Berko substitute Wardle nearly replied for the hosts within a minute, but he dragged his shot across the goal after beating the offside trap.
Mickey Swaysland produced a fine save from Comrades keeper Ed Farmer at the other end, and the hosts’ job was made even harder as Danny Power was shown a straight red card 10 minutes from time for a challenge on Jeffrey.
To their credit, the Comrades kept plugging away and the hosts were rewarded for their efforts when Wardle headed home in stoppage time for a consolation goal.