Comrades beat Borough to climb back to the top of the Premier Division

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Berkhamsted moved back to the summit of the SSML Premier Division with a solid 3-1 victory at Hillingdon Borough on a difficult pitch.

James Baldry returned to the defence for the Comrades, allowing Steve Hawes to revert to his preferred midfield role, and the switch paid dividends for Mick Vipond’s side.

Early on, Hillingdon’s goalkeeper came out of his area but managed to head the ball clear when Berko looked to be through.

However, the Comrades continued to press and they grabbed two goals in the first half – both set up by Josh Chamberlain.

First, his corner was nodded on by Ed Canham with Jamie Gavin applying the finishing touch to open the scoring, before Chamberlain found BJ Christie with a long raking pass and Berko’s leading scorer held off a couple of challenges before netting with a low shot under the keeper.

Borough had a few chances of their own, but narrowly missed the target with their best two efforts on goal. At the other end Gavin came close to scoring again.

In the second half, James Towell pounced on a defensive error and slotted the ball home calmly to make it 3-0, before Borough pulled back one late consolation goal through Barton.

Ashley Morrissey came on in the torrential rain and beat several players and passed for Christie who could not convert the chance as Berko looked to restore their three goal-margin.

There were no further goals, but with Sun Sports only drawing, Berko moved above them at the top of the table on goal difference and still have a game in hand over their title rivals.