Berkhamsted 3 Biggleswade United 1
BERKHAMSTED’S victory over Biggleswade made it four wins on the bounce and the Comrades will now aim to leapfrog seventh-placed Colney Heath when the two sides meet on Saturday in their last game of the season.
The Comrades have come along way since boss Mick Vipond’s appointment as manager three seasons ago, when the ground was closed and the club was close to folding.
However, back-to-back promotions and an excellent debut showing in the MSSML Premier Division this season caps a remarkable change in fortune for the club.
Although their end of season form may raise the club’s expectations for next year, Vipond remained realistic when he reflected on his time in charge so far.
“We’ll look to consolidate further next season,” he said. “The structure needs adding to, and we don’t have the resources of some of the teams in our division.
“This league is very competitive, so it depends if we can hang on to our players.
“We’ve introduced a few youngsters into the side and that’s starting to bear fruit, just as the older guys in the squad have hit some good form.”
While Berkhamsted lost their way in the middle part of the season after an excellent start to the campaign, the manager believes this could be the reason behind their superb end of season from.
“With nothing to play for we’ve started to relax a bit,” he said. “We’ve been playing some decent football and we’ve started scoring goals.
“It’s great to come good at the end.”
Berko certainly came good on Saturday as they enjoyed an excellent start against lowly Biggleswade.
It took just 11 minutes for teenager Josh Chamberlain to open the scoring for the hosts, slotting home a fine cross from overlapping right-back Danny Power.
Fellow teenager Connor Calcutt was unlucky not to add a second after beating three men, only for visiting keeper Scott Waters to thwart his effort as Berkhamsted remained in front until the interval.
Lewis Rodrigo and the lively Calcutt were replaced at the break, but Courtney Francis leapt from the bench for the second week running to add Berko’s second goal.
Ade Yussuf’s soft goal briefly gave United some hope, only for Chamberlain to grab his second just after the hour as he volleyed past Waters.
Berko’ mounted a late siege but were unable to add to their account.
Simon Carmichael was deemed offside as he headed the ball back to brother Jim to volley home in style, while Mark Welling’s 20 yard effort went narrowly over the bar.