FOOTBALL: Berkhamsted went down 1-0 to Beaconsfield SYCOB in a competitive and hard-fought friendly at Broadwater.
At times, the Comrades looked capable of pulling off an upset as they matched their opponents from the division above.
However, a strike into the top corner of the net from SYCOB on the hour mark proved to be the difference between the two sides.
Lawrence Bunker came closest for Berko, but he saw his goalbound shot deflected wide off a team-mate.
Despite the result, Comrades boss Mick Vipond can take plenty of positives from the game, with his side putting in their best pre-season performance so far this campaign.
On Saturday, Berko will play their first competitive match of the season as they take on London Lions at Broadwater in the first round of the Herts Charity Shield.