Berko sides continue the promotion push

Mark Robinson, Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club.

Mark Robinson, Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club.

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BERKHAMSTED maintained their good form at the weekend, as the men’s second XI and third XI both kept their promotion hopes alive.

The second team thrashed Cheshunt 8-0, while the third side beat South Adelaide 4-2 on Saturday and West Herts 7-2 on Sunday.

Cheshunt travelled to Berkhamsted with the same team that saw off Berko 9-1 at the beginning of the season, but the hosts showed how far they have progressed since then.

In a top passing display Berko swept their opponents aside to secure the comfortable win. Goals came courtesy of Simon Kaye, Dominic Johnson, James Edwards, Oliver Bowman (2), and a well-earned hat-trick from Paul Whitby.

The third XI, meanwhile, did well to pick up two wins in as many days.

First up, the side travelled to bottom of the table Southgate Adelaide and were made to work hard for their 4-2 win.

In a tougher game than Berko were expecting, Southgate took the lead against the run of play, but the visitors hit back through Mark Robinson.

The home side regained the advantage, but Robinson – pictured right – levelled things up before half-time with his second goal of the game.

Berko improved after the break, and Iwan Roberts put the visitors in front, before Robinson wrapped up the win as he completed his hat-trick.

With only one day’s rest, the thirds were in action again on Sunday, and swept West Herts aside to make it two wins from two.

Peter Allam, Roberts, Robinson and Tom Kemplen all found the net, as Berko moved up to third in the league.