High fives for Berko as promotion is secured with a win

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Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club secured their first promotion of the season as the men’s fifth team got the job done against Hertford.

The team – made up of a number of father-son duos – bagged a 1-0 win to seal their spot in the higher division for next season.

Ben Moorhouse notched the only goal of the game to secure the points for Berko.

The ladies’s first team, meanwhile, also had reason to celebrate as they beat Harpenden 2-1 to inch closer to promotion into Division One.

Abi Lawlor fired home the opener and Claire Barrett Mold added a second goal for Berko before Harpenden pulled one back late on.

The ladies’ second XI, meanwhile, fought back from a goal behind to Leighton Buzzard to maintain top spot with just one game left to play.

Poppy Lloyd and Paula Wilson netted for Berko in the first half to send the sides in level at 2-2, before the dynamic duo completed braces after the break to secure the victory.

The men’s second team also picked up a win, seeing off Luton Town II 2-1 with goals from Roger Payton and Paul Whitby.

Elsewhere, the men’s third XI drew 3-3 with Bedford Vets while the fourth team drew 0-0 with Cheshunt III.

The ladies’ third team suffered a 5-0 defeat to St Albans VI, and the men’s firsts were edged out 3-2 by Potters Bar I.